Check out our range of amazing beer brewers and cider makers - they're some of the best independent producers from across the UK!
Tiny Rebel is an award-winning brewery from Newport, South Wales. They’re…
The youngest and only Welsh brewery to win Champion Beer of Britain
The only brewery to have won gold, silver and bronze awards in the Champion Beer of Wales competition (in their first year!)
As well as the only brewery to defend a gold the following year
SIBA Brewery Business of the Year and International Beer Challenge UK Brewer of the Year 2016
How amazing is that? But really, they’re just fans of super tasty beer who began the next leg of their professional brewing journey at a new home base in January 2017, and officially opened their new brewery in July the same year. They offer tours and tastings at an incredible bar on site, truly one of the best up-and-coming independent breweries in the country right now!
Kelham Island Brewery
Kelham Island Brewery was built in 1990 in the Beer Garden of the Fat Cat in Alma Street, Sheffield. The first brew was in September, making Kelham Island Brewery the first new independent brewery in the city in almost 100 years. Using equipment purchased from the recently closed Oxford Brewery this allowed for full mash brewing of around 10 brewers barrels every week. As demand increased a decision was taken to move to new premises and a purpose-built brewery was constructed a short distance from the original brewhouse location.
The driving force behind the creation and expansion of Kelham Island Brewery was, Dave Wickett, a University lecturer, turned pub owner & brewery owner. Dave’s enthusiasm has pushed the growth of the real ale movement and inspired a generation of new small breweries. Sadly, Dave passed away on 16 May 2012 after a long illness but was succeeded by his son, Edward Wickett - who continues the good work started by his Dad. In 2015 Kelham Island Brewery opened up a new city-centre pub, The Tap & Tankard.
Dark Star Brewing Co
The Dark Star Brewing Company was born in 1994 in the cellar of a pub in Brighton. With a brew plant only marginally bigger than an enthusiastic home-brew kit, their characteristic style of hoppy beers was developed and tried out on willing guinea pigs of the town at their local bar.
As with all the best ideas, the business was planned on the back of a beer mat, driven by a few beers and funded with money they admittedly didn’t have. 20 years on, they now find themselves in Partridge Green, just South-West of Horsham, West Sussex with a 45-barrel brewhouse. The brewery is named after a song by the band The Grateful Dead, although if you have a heard a different story, “never let the truth stand in the way of a good yarn”.
Anarchy Brew Co
Anarchy Brew Co started life in January 2012, amongst the rolling fields of the Northumberland countryside. Their small team is dedicated to using only the finest ingredients to create increasingly forward-thinking beers.
Originally concentrating on a small number of cask conditioned ales, they soon realised the North East was crying out for some real flavour. So, after this epiphany and light-bulb moment, their range and overall output has grown dramatically. They’ve since developed over twenty wildly different beers that they constantly strive to improve on and have become one of the best in the business through these efforts. From citrus-soaked session beers, kiwi and lime loaded IPAs and coffee infused Breakfast Stouts; they are proud to brew aggressively flavoured, esoteric ales. Available throughout Europe on cask, keg and bottle but whichever you chose, their beers won’t compromise on freshness or flavour.
Cross Bay Brewery
At Cross Bay Brewery, their team pride themselves in handcrafting beers with little to no automation, to ensure that their products are of the highest quality possible. The brewery is kept meticulously clean and each brew is tested to make sure that it meets the highest of standards. Every step of the ale journey is kept at the highest quality possible; right from the brewery to the tap!
Cross Bay’s head brewer Nick Taylor first became involved in brewing ten years ago when in March 2012, after only being in operation eight months, the brewery was awarded its first Champion Trophy at the Lancaster Beer Festival, winning the Strong Bitters category with “Zenith”. Zenith also went on to win Beer of the Festival at both Morecambe Beer Festival and Burnley Beer Festival.
Nick and the brewing team, Arthur and Dan are looking to the future and their passion and dedication to brewing Real Ale is already recognised as a success. This hasn’t stopped the team’s quest for quality beer as they now look toward consistently producing more award-winning ales for the nation to enjoy.
The Thornbridge story began back in 2005, when the founders Jim Harrison and Simon Webster recruited two young brewers to brew on a second hand 10-barrel kit in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. The Hall brewery is based in the outbuildings, surrounded by beautiful gardens within the 100-acre estate. The buildings were renovated in 2004 in preparation for the brewery installation and their first brew was Lord Marples, a 4% classic bitter, which went on to become a core Thornbridge beer.
Next, they were tasked with brewing something a little different, an IPA which packed a punch in terms of both flavour and ABV. In mid-2005 Jaipur was born. A 5.9% IPA packed with American hops and like nothing else in the beer industry at that time. Following an array of awards and national recognition Jaipur catapulted Thornbridge into the spotlight, demand outstripped supply and the need for investment in a new Brewery became clear. In 2009 a brand new state of the art brewery was built at Riverside, Bakewell to meet with demand and allow Thornbridge to develop their range of beers, which began to appear nationwide and exported abroad, initially to Italy, but now over 35 countries worldwide. They have always brewed the finest quality beer with a passion, recognising that not only quality but consistency and innovation are key to creating amazing and beautifully balanced beer.
SeaCider was founded by Mark Francis who started out as a brewer in Brighton, Sussex. Mark would constantly be touring the region, delivering his beer to pubs and driving around the local countryside. He soon noticed an abundance of apple orchards that were not harvested and left unloved – as well as the huge array of local pubs not stocking quality local cider. So, after intense research on cider-making he began to gather up as many varieties of local apples as he could and soon found some winning formulas and created the now much-loved SeaCider brand, growing to become the largest producer in the county.
At first, there were three varying strengths of Cider, but shortly began to infuse natural fruit juices to make a range of over 20 different products – from Strawberry and Marmalade to the sumptuous Bakewell Tart and Lemon Meringue Pie varieties. They now make the equivalent of over six million pints per year! And are not to miss at the festival this year.
In 2018, they celebrate 10 years of Ilkley Brewery, but also 10 years of brewing Mary Jane and 10 winning multiple industry awards!
From humble beginnings home-brewing in a garage and serving the local community, they’re now an established brand showcasing the best of Yorkshire across the UK and internationally. Having brewed bespoke brews for M&S, Harewood House and The Savoy as well as collaborations with breweries from Italy, Holland, Spain and many UK breweries, they have another ambitious programme planned for 2019.
The flagship beer, Mary Jane is more than just a character from the folk anthem Ont’ Ilkley Moor Bah’tat, Mary Jane is part of many people’s beery story. A mainstay on bars and in fridges in homes far and wide providing personality, authenticity and a smile – winning 100+ local, regional, national and International awards with over 185 unique beers brewed! What an achievement.
Oakham Ales is an English brewery now based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, but first established in Oakham, Rutland. The original owner, John Wood, left Oakham Ales in 1995.
Its headquarters is the largest brewpub in Europe, The Brewery Tap which opened in 1998 and is located in the old labour exchange in Westgate, Peterborough. The brewery also owns The Bartons Arms in Aston, Birmingham. Among awards the beers won have been JHB 3.8% picking up the Supreme Champion Beer Award in 2001 and Attila 7.4% was the National Winter Beers Champion for 2009!
Tuggy Noble grows up on the Achadunan Estate, a farm in rural Glen Fyne, Argyll. The 4500-acre estate includes a salmon river, peat-rich hills, habitat for wild red deer and grazing land for a herd of highland cows. In her teens, Tuggy moves to London where she eschews the debutante lifestyle and meets Jonny Delap, an English businessman. They were married in 1967, and raised two sons, Jamie and Michael in Hampshire.
From 2003-2009 the brewery continued to grow, both in reputation and demand. Increasing popularity around Scotland - seeing Tuggy tackling cross-country deliveries with her trusty Land Rover and trailer. Two further core beers are introduced, Maverick and Vital Spark, and Fyne Ales won its first handful of beer awards, including Gold in SIBA Scotland competitions and a Bronze in CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain.
Origins Brewing launches in late 2017 as a showcase for small-batch experimental beers brewed in the original brewery designed to celebrate Fyne Ales’ unique provenance. Fyne Ales won ‘Beer Destination of the Year’, ‘Beer Event of the Year’ and ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the Scottish Beer Awards in 2017 and 2018. Truly one of the best independents to ever come out of Scotland!
Lilley's Cider Barn
Lilley's Cider is a family run cider producer based in Frome, Somerset. They produce a diverse range of traditional & experimental blends of cider & perry all made with care & enthusiasm.
Priding themselves on quality of service and developing long relationships with customers large & small, they now deliver to businesses all across the UK. As well as their own unique ciders, Lilley’s also offer a variety of products made by producers from all across the UK. Mouthwatering, crisp, dry and fruity-sweet ciders to really get the tastebuds tingling!
Established in the heart of Yorkshire in 2005, Saltaire Brewery is an independent brewery committed to creating delicious, high quality beers with real character!
We’re passionate about how we make beer – it’s the only way we know. Brewing with pride and always staying true to ourselves, an ambitious and bold brewery doing things our way with quality and integrity. Always aiming to create exceptional beer, we’ve brewed our way into northern hearts and beyond.