IF you like your beer with a little horsepower, this one’s for you: an Oxfordshire brewery has named its latest ale after a horse who worked there.

Hook Norton Brewery says it has brewed a unique tipple to celebrate the life of Major, its shire horse who recently passed away.

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Major, described as a 'gentle giant', had worked loyally at the brewery for 16 of his 22 years, helping deliver beer the traditional way to the local pubs as well as parading with his trusted partner Nelson at events and shows across the UK.

Oxford Mail:

He also appeared on television, appearing alongside Penelope Keith in her Hidden Villages series and ferrying Griff Rhys Jones around in Griff’s Great Britain.

In 2014 he even appeared on a Royal Mail Stamp in a special edition featuring working horses.

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He was a firm favourite with all the staff and visitors, and the brewery said he would be sorely missed.

Major Force, the 4.5 per cent dark ale brewed in his honour, is described as 'a heavy contender – just like Major – packed full of dark fruits and aromas, with a mild sweetness'.

Oxford Mail:

Brewery managing director James Clarke said: "Major had a good working life, and delivered countless barrels of beer.

"But perhaps most importantly he was a great friend to our drayman Roger Hughes and our groom Elizabeth Csak, and met so many of our visitors, bringing happiness to so many.

Oxford Mail:

"He is sadly missed, but very fondly remembered."

Major Force will be on sale in the week leading up to and at the Hook Norton Festival of Fine Ales on Saturday, July 20, and 50p from every pint will go to The Shire Horse Society.