Toast of the track – Frank-ale announced as winning name of Newbury’s own beer

Newbury Racecourse’s month long search to find a name for its new beer reached its conclusion on Saturday afternoon at the Beer and Local Food Festival with Chris Brown’s suggestion of Frank-ale chosen as the winner.


A social media campaign to give the beer, brewed by the Two Cocks Brewery in Enborne specially for the racecourse, had resulted in over 150 people submitting name suggestions. That was whittled down to a five-name shortlist last week and Frank-ale was voted the winner.

Brown won himself a keg of the 4% golden ale to take home and racegoers from now on will be able to sample Frank-ale at a selection of the track’s bars.

Frankel was a brilliant racecourse, unbeaten in 14 starts, and it was fitting to see the beer being named in honour of him on the day the JLT Lockinge Stakes was run. The Group 1 prize, worth £200,000, was won by Frankel in 2012.

Rob Boobyer, spokesman at Newbury Racecourse, commented: “It was great to see so many people get behind this unique competition and it was difficult to get down to just five names. But Frank-ale was the overwhelmingly most popular choice and it’s a very fitting name for the beer, which tastes almost as good as the equine Frankel was on the track. Congratulations to the winner Chris Brown.”