During these difficult days we have some really sad news to report today, the Ale Wagon have announced via their Facebook page that Phil Hoskins, joint Landlord, passed away suddenly this morning aged 66.
Following the death of his Father, George Hoskins in 1978, Phil became the brewer at the family’s Beaumanor brewery along with Pat Patterson. However, following the retirement of Pat in 1982 Phil struggled to convince the family to keep the business going. The brewery was put up for sale in 1983 and taken over by TRD Estates in August of that year. After several changes in management and ownership the Hoskins Beaumanor brewery finally closed around the turn of the millennium when new owners, Archers brewery moved production to Swindon.
After the sale to TRD, Phil and Steve, along with accountant Simon Oldfield, started the Hoskins & Oldfield brewery at Old Mill, Frog Island in 1984 and brewed until 2000, Phil was head brewer and Steve looked after sales.
In 1994 HOB Mild won a Gold Medal at the CAMRA great British beer festival followed by a Silver Medal in 1995. Since closing the brewery in 2000 their ales have been contract brewed by Tower and Belvoir breweries but many of the old favourites from those days are still on their beer list such as HOB Best Bitter, White Dolphin and Tom Kelly.
Phil and Steve Hoskins took over the former Queens Hotel and opened as the Ale Wagon in September 1999, the pub has become a favourite of Leicester beer lovers winning several awards and being the longest running Leicester pub in CAMRA’s good beer guide. Phil will be sadly missed by the entire Leicester beer scene.
“Phil will be sadly missed by all who drink in our local office in town, The Ale Wagon. My home from home.”Keith Williams – Former Leicester CAMRA Branch Chairman