Winners of ‘Best Drinks Producer’ in the BBC Food and Farming Awards in 2014, Derbyshire’s Thornbridge Brewery is considered to be one of the pioneers of the UK’s craft beer movement.
- Tour the riverside brewery
- Taste craft beers
- Stock up on beer in the shop
- Come for the beer festival
Discover a Crafty Brewer
Its first beers were brewed back in 2005 when the brewery was originally based in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall near Bakewell. Starting with a range of cask beers, their initial focus was to follow traditional recipes but add a modern twist by using of a wide range of hops and malts. As the business grew and the awards starting coming in (they now have an impressive 350 national and international awards), they opened a new state-of-the art riverside brewery and bottling line in Bakewell in order to cope with increased demand.
Visit Bakewell’s Riverside Brewery
Tours of the brewery take place on Wednesdays and Fridays and last around 1 hour and 30 minutes. They include an introduction to the brewing process as well as the opportunity to sample the beers. The beers are served in a Thornbridge branded glass which is yours to keep as a souvenir. Of course, at the end of the tour, you can browse their well-stocked shop and take your favourites home with you.
Taste Thornbridge Craft Beer
The company produces an extensive range of bottled, keg and cask beers. Here are just a few you can try:
- Halcyon (IPA) – ‘Chewy, juicy, biscuity malts and intense pineapple fruit flavours and citrus hoppiness combine with a hint of tangerine and pear drops’.
- Beadeca’s Well (Smoked Porter)- ‘The smokiness of the peated malts is matched by a smooth taste of toffee, caramel and dark fruits’.
- Lumford (New World Pale Ale) – ‘Flavours are floral, apples, peach and orange peel. Hoppy bitter finish with clean and crisp passionfruit, grapefruit and gooseberry’
- Tours are popular and numbers are limited so it’s advisable to book in advance
- You can visit their shop without having a tour ticket
- Come in July for the Great Peak Weekender Festival of Beer and you’ll have the opportunity to visit the original brewery site in the hall’s grounds
- Visit the Peak District in June for Eroica Britannia and taste Eroica Britannia Handsome Pale Ale brewed by the Thornbridge Brewery in honour of this popular vintage cycling festival
WHERE TO STAY IN THE PEAK DISTRICT
The Devonshire Arms
Pilsley, Peak District
Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is only a 20-minute walk from Chatsworth House.
Rooms from £106 a night.
Please check with Thornbridge Brewery.