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All apples used in these award winning ciders are taken from the same 200 acre orchard on a family farm in Bishops Frome.
This 100 year old self-sustaining cider producer has full control from tree to glass.
Awarded PGI status, assuring only Herefordshire apples are used in the delicious craft cider.
Liberation Brewery have been brewing beer in the Channel Islands, for the Channel Islands, for nearly 150 years. They’ve weathered a lot during this time – two World Wars, German occupation, depressions, recessions and cultural shifts. Yet against all the odds, they’re still here, proudly doing what they do best – making multi-award-winning beer the Liberation way, without compromise or gimmicks.
In the quaint little village of Cromwell, in the heart of Nottinghamshire nestles Milestone modest brewery. Run by husband and wife duo, Ken and Fran, true connoisseurs in craft ale with a motto for quality over quantity, they brew the finest, most flavoursome ales every time. Milestone keep their base recipe simple using the four traditional ingredients hops, malt, wheat and water and have won numerous awards since opening their doors in 2004.
They supply cask and bottled beers to pubs, farm shops and breweries up and down the country.
Brewing 5 days a week, they have a varied selection of ales, whether it’s a blonde you prefer, citrussy pale ales, red or amber bitters right through to porters and stouts we have something for everyone.
Artisan brewed and bottled, filling is a semi-automated process, but then manually cap and carefully hand label every bottle that leaves their doors.
Ferry Ales is a 5-barrel micro-brewery with the capacity to brew up to 5,000 pints of beer each week. Their current range of core and seasonal beers covers over 20 different styles of beers and they are always researching new styles to include in their range.
The key to their success is founded simply on their passion and dedication for brewing and producing the very best quality beers. Ferry Ales combine the latest innovations and modern technology with the highest quality ingredients to bring you award winning ales brewed using traditional methods.
All Ferry Ales Brewery beers are handcrafted and brewed using traditional methods and the very best ingredients such as British malts including malted barley, rye and wheat. Their hops are matched to the recipe so for a British bitter they are English hops but for a German Pilsner style we use a mix of German noble hops.
Their beers are brewed and either racked to cask or bottled and kegged at the brewery in Fiskerton, Lincoln.
Norfolk Brewhouse (Moon Gazer) have a passion for great-tasting, natural beer – high in quality and rich in flavour.
Through Moon Gazer beers they aim to involve others with that passion. You see, Moon Gazer think that beer should set out to do one simple thing – bring pleasure.
In their beer they demand premium quality, local provenance and consistency. OK, buying locally is a little bit tricky when it comes to hops. To create great flavours and to complement the British hops, they have also selected some excellent hops from around the world.
Furthermore, they see time as a key ingredient in creating a quality beer. Yes, they understand that brewing is a craft. However, it is also a science and fermentation, maturation and flavour development are all given as much time as needed to get that ‘just right’ taste.
Elgood & Sons Ltd
Elgood’s Brewery is a family business established over 200 years ago and run by the Elgood family since 1878.
Today’s Chairman is Nigel Elgood, who ran the brewery as managing director from 1968 to 2002.
In that year he handed over the running of the business to the eldest of his three daughters Belinda, who continues as the managing director; while her two sisters Claire and Jennifer are directors. We are very proud of our family history and its association with Elgood’s Brewery.
Elgood & Sons is a family-owned brewing company situated in the heart of ‘Fen’ country in Cambridgeshire, England.
Home to Elgood’s is the North Brink Brewery which was established in 1795, and was one of the first classic Georgian Breweries to be built outside London.
In 1878 it came under the control of the Elgood family, and so it remains today, with the fifth generation of the Elgood family now coming through to run the business, maintain the traditions, and push the company boldly forward into the 21st Century.
The North Brink Brewery stands on the north bank of the River Nene, in the centre of the Cambridgeshire town of Wisbech. The classical Georgian facade presents a sense of history to the world, and over the years Elgood’s has remained loyal to traditional brewing methods, whilst making important technical advances to enable the brewing of a complete range of beers to cater for all of today’s tastes.
In 1795 the Mauldon family of Sudbury first became involved in brewing, for in that year Anna Maria Mauldon began brewing at the Bull Hotel in Sudbury.
As the business prospered, additional pubs and hotels were purchased and in the early 1800’s the brewery moved to a larger premise in Ballingdon street.
Eventually the business consisted of a brewery with some 30 tied public houses, a wine and spirit business and a small farm. It was then sold to Messrs. Greene King in 1960.
In 1981, Peter Mauldon, the great grandson of Anna Maria decided to re-establish the family tradition and start a brewery in Sudbury once again. Peter had been too young to be involved in the original family business and had previously pursued a career with Messrs. Watney where he progressed to Head Brewer at the company’s large Mortlake Brewery.
In 1982 premises on the Chilton Industrial Estate were acquired, the brewery was constructed and on the December of that year the first barrels of beer were being brewed again in Sudbury by a Mauldon. Following the decision of Peter and Jane Mauldon to retire, Steve and Alison Sims purchased the Sudbury based brewery on 1 March 2000. The brewery was well established, and using only traditional methods and quality materials, supplied a range of premium real ales throughout the country.
In September 2019 Charlie Buckle, who lives on his family farm just 10 miles from Sudbury, purchased the brewery. With their passion for beer and particularly Mauldons beer, it was the perfect way to continue the business as it always has been, in the hands of a family who care.
Sonnet 43 started life back in 2012, focusing on developing their own British Style Cask Ales out of Country Durham based Brew House.
Back then they were known as Sonnet 43 back then (inspired by the Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who was born and raised in Coxhoe, County Durham, the village our brewery calls home).
Three years into brewing, in 2015 they had doubled production year on year and expanded our team and range of ales, including the award-winning Raven and Aurora.
Another three busy years of brewing their beloved Cask Ales and, they noticed a change in palettes. Whilst, they were still chugging cask specials at a rate of knots, they were getting excited by some of the more hop-forward flavours from over the pond.
This is when they got in touch with the Texan, to come and develop the craft arm of the brewery.
Made with entirely UK malted barley & water from the hills of Snowdonia.
The Purple Moose Brewery is a ’40-Barrel’ micro-brewery based in the historic harbour town of Porthmadog, North Wales, close to the mountains of Snowdonia. Brewing commenced on 14th June 2005 with a one-off special pale ale at 3.5% called “No.1”.
Dancing Duck Brewery
Dancing Duck brewery was founded by Rachel Matthews. Having being rather underwhelmed by the odd half pint of Bank’s bitter and mild in her formulative drinking years Rachel spent most of her 20’s sticking to reassuring expensive lager, lots of wine and other strange alchopop style mixes that were around at the time.
Despite Ian, her beer loving other half continuously trying to get her to try real ale she resisted until one fateful afternoon’s drinking session in a Derby hostelry when the lager needed changing, this procedure took rather longer than it should have done and so thirsty and impatient Rachel reluctantly settled for a pint of pale ale instead, she was immediately blown away by how flavours had moved on from the traditional style of bitters that she had tried back in her late teens and so Rachel set about a thorough examination of all the ales on offer in the pub that afternoon and subsequent evening.
Now Rachel had also always had an ambition to set up her own business but knew that whatever that business was to be was something that she needed to be deeply passionate about, over the next few months Rachel continued to try as many real ales as she could (in a responsible way!) and it dawned on her that beer was something that she was so excited about that she would like to make it for a living. Thinking it would be everyman’s dream she broke the news to Ian that she intended to set up her own microbrewery.
Now Ian has worked as a brewery design engineer for over 20 years, his job has taken him all over the world from Newcastle to Africa to Bury St Edmonds to the Caribbean to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and then back to Burton on Trent again. He figures out the best design for the breweries and how they will run most efficiently whilst having the least impact on the environment and then when they have been built, he goes off and makes sure they all work properly.
It actually took Rachel quite a long time to persuade Ian that her plan was a good idea, he knew quite how much hard work it would be and was rightly worried Rachel did not, but eventually, as usual, he came around to her way of thinking.
During the time Rachel took to convince him she set about learning as much as she possibly could about real ale on both a practical and theoretical basis. One of the rooms in their house was converted into a mini brewery and 35 test brews (1400+ pints) were carried out and various recipes perfected.
Rachel was also incredibly fortunate to get a job at Blue Monkey Brewery just six months after they opened. Their founder John Hickling was incredibly supportive and the hands-on experience and help she gained there was invaluable.
So finally, after 3 years of market research, planning, test brewing, business plan writing, capital raising, premises finding, kit designing and waiting for kit to be built Dancing Duck’s inaugural brew happened in December 2010. Ian was there to lend a hand on that first brew day but after that for the first 6 months it was just Rachel, some shiny stainless-steel vessels, a few casks, Lizzie the dog, an old van, a fairly sparse industrial unit and an awful lot of hard work.
Since Dancing Duck has slowly grown to where they are today, lots more beers, lots more awards, a great team of 9 people brewing 6 days a week producing almost a million pints a year!
Sheffield Brewing Company
Since 2006, Sheffield Brewery has operated in the historic Albyn Works, the original home of the production of the world-famous Blanco Polish in its time. Nowadays, the original, rustic Victorian red-brick factory houses one of the UK’s only traditional, gravity-fed tower brewing systems, and is home to their charming Brewery Tap Room.
Since launching in 2006, they have gone from strength to strength, producing a range of award winning real and craft ales, including their flagship core range of beers, Blanco Blonde, Crucible Best, Five Rivers, Get Thi Sen Outdooerz, Seven Hills and the ‘darkly delicious’ Sheffield Porter and Ruskin Stout.
In addition to their core range, they produce a variety of Gravity Brews, named and inspired by their gravity fed brewing system. Styles include American IPAs, New Zealand Pales, Baltic Porters, and many more, soon to be bottle conditioned in a range of small pack and available on cask/keg down your local.
Salopian Brewery was founded as Snowdonia Brewery in 1994 by Brewer Martin Barry at his Pub in North Wales. In 1995 he relocated to Shrewsbury and renamed it Salopian (meaning of Shrewsbury). At that time, it was the smallest commercial brewery in the country (not attached to a Pub) with a 2-barrel brew length.
After two years of trading Wilf Nelson, the current Managing Director joined the brewery. Initially much of the production was contract brewed for bottling – mainly into Oddbins and Safeways – but the advent of progressive beer duty in 2002 allowed the Brewery to concentrate on its own cask beer production. Barry left in 2004 and Mark Hill of the Brewers Wholesale became a partner. At that stage the production of the brewery was all into cask, very much in the traditional Midlands style of blonde and lightly hopped. Over this period the brewlength regularly increased, firstly to 10 barrels in 2000, then to 15 barrels in 2005 and on to 20 barrels in 2007.
In 2008 Jake Douglas was recruited as the first salesman, and after a short period he began to influence the production of the brewery as well. A change was made from the traditional to a more modern hop led style. This transition has proved very successful, with sales nearly trebling since 2008 and recognition of the brewery’s prowess at every level of competition. A new 30-barrel brewery was installed in 2010 to cope with demand and when this was overwhelmed the brewery relocated in 2014 to a purpose built 50-barrel plant.
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