XT is an exciting independent craft brewery started in 2011 by Russ and Gareth on the Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire border near Thame. Their brewery is as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible, recycling nearly all of their waste products and spent raw materials which go to local farmers.

The brewery produces a range of core beers under the XT brand with a regular flow of ‘specials’ some of which are made available in bottle. Gareth and Russ also brew under the brand Animal Brewing Co, producing a range of limited edition seasonal specials using more unusual ingredients or brewing techniques.

Their Story

“We designed and installed our 18-barrel brewery during 2011 and brewed the first full scale gyle in November 2011. The equipment was custom built for us in Burton upon Trent. The brewery is on the beautiful Notley Farm estate on the Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire borders, with far reaching views over the Chiltern hills. We are as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible; recycling nearly all our waste products and our spent raw materials go to local farmers to feed their cattle and pigs. With reusable casks we have minimal packaging waste.”

Russell Taylor and Gareth Xifaras


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