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CIRCUS Magazine's Lockdown Guide to Local Booze Businesses!

Fruity Farmer – Stoke Goldington

There's no need to miss out on Gins or Liqueurs during Lockdown 2.0! The Fruity Farmer at Stoke Goldington will still be offering doorstep deliveries of all of their range, free of charge within 10 miles of their farm or just a small charge for any further. Alternatively, customers can collect by appointment from Stoke Goldington (MK16 8LW). The range features 13 fruit gins & liqueurs - Rhubarb Gin, Seville Orange Gin, Gooseberry Gin, Strawberry Gin, Apple & Blackberry Gin, Quince Gin, Sloe Gin, Raspberry Vodka, Apricot Vodka, Limoncello, Cherry Brandy & Blackberry Whisky. There's also cold-pressed Rapeseed Oil (both classic and lemon-infused) all made on the farm as well. Ideal for all cooking and especially makes fabulous roast potatoes.

For Christmas gifts, customers ordering any 3 bottles of either gins/liqueurs or oil will receive a complimentary natural hessian gift bag.

Fruit Gins/Liqueurs:

Small bottles 200ml £10 each

Large bottles 500ml £20 each

Rapeseed Oil:

Classic £5/500ml bottle

Lemon-infused £7/500ml bottle

T: 07770 614364

You can also buy direct from the farm during their Christmas tree season which opens on Saturday 28th November.

Wharf Distillery

Laurence Conisbee of Wharf Distillery is still turning alcohol into much needed hand sanitiser which is available through his website or My Refill Market in Stony Stratford.

He has 90ml and 500ml pump bottles available for personal use for £4 and £7.50 respectively.

In addition to this Laurence also continues to make and sell his multi award winning gins, brandies and whiskies and is happy to deliver locally.

T: 01908 543344

Blackened Sun Brewery – Stacey Bushes

The craft beers that are brewed at CIRCUS Award winning Blackened Sun Brewery are based on their love of Belgian yeast. They specialise in making interesting and unique hybrid styles, some more traditional than others, but every one of them is packed with flavour – hence their popularity!

They offer free local delivery based on orders over £25

Opening Times:

Friday 5pm – 8pm

Saturday 12pm – 4pm

Sunday 12pm – 4pm


Hornes Brewery

This popular microbrewery based in Bow Brickhill brew delicious real ales and craft beer and have a core range of 5 beers with seasonal and one offs. They have a good stock of bottled beers, polypins and kegs and you can either ‘click and collect’ or get a free delivery within a 15 mile radius of orders of £25 or more.

To view their full range and order online at their shop visit:

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Concrete Cow Brewery

MK’s own Concrete Cow launched in 2007 as Milton Keynes' first micro-brewery to offer small batch, hand crafted beers to the craft beer connoiseurs of MK & beyond

All their beers are brewed and packaged at their small brewery with the benefit of being genuine unfiltered real ales - just like the pint you get down the pub. They don't filter or pasteurise their beers in order for them to be as authentic and as flavourful as possible, and they also only use raw unadulterated ingredients which means only crushed malted grains and whole hops… no syrups, sugars, bottled hop oils or manufactured hop pellets that bear a frightening resemblance to guinea pig food.

They are offering a delivery service with ‘no minimum amount’ order.

T: 07889 665745

MK Biergarten

This two time, CIRCUS Award winning micro pub was launched specifically to showcase the tremendous array of local, UK and German craft beers and is the brainchild of the fabulous Franzi Florack.

They stock around a whopping 250 beers (including vegan) wines, ciders and soft drinks and is the No 1 place to shop if supporting small batch, local independent drinks producers.

Obviously, the pub itself is shut during lockdown but do follow them on social media and join in with their online beer tasting sessions.

However, you can visit their web shop and get stocked up!

As well as offering ‘Pick Up’ takeaways at the pub itself they also deliver every Saturday between 11am and 1pm within a 15 minutes’ driving radius of the shop. Minimum order for deliveries is £25 across the whole web shop.

You can order tap beer from Tap 4 (German lager), but unfortunately the other Taps can only be bought for take away in the shop itself.

The cut off for delivery orders is the night before.

T: 01908 990127

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