Expertly brewed in Dorset for over 240 years.

The process of brewing beer hasn’t changed much since we started back in 1777. And neither has our unique approach to crafting characterful beer. But our equipment most certainly has.

Our state-of-the-art, independent, family-owned brewery now stands proudly alongside our old brewery on the banks of the River Stour in Blandford, Dorset. Using the finest ingredients and over 240 years of expertise, our brewers create beer that brims with flavour.

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Brewed with distinction.

Our beers are certainly unique, but this doesn’t happen by chance. Here are just a few of the things that make our beers so tasty and different.

Barley

The highest grade malted barley.

The main malt we use is English Flagon. It comes primarily from the south-west and East Anglia and is low in nitrogen and protein, which helps produce beer with a lovely clarity.

Water

Pure Dorset water.

Naturally filtered through the Cretaceous chalk downs, our quality water is high in calcium, which is perfect for brewing.

Hops

The finest hops.

We primarily use British hops but also introduce other varieties, from the U.S. Amarillo hop to New World hops, all of which help give our beers their unique character and flavours.

Well I never.

The fresh water used in our beer is filtered through the beautiful Cretaceous chalk downs of Dorset over many years, before being drawn up through two wells on our brewery site – one's 164ft deep, the other 115ft.

A yeast like no other.

Carefully selected by our head brewer, our unique yeast gives clarity, brightness and clean flavours to our bottle and cask beers.

Timing is everything.

When you add the hops in the process is important. Ours are introduced at different times to suit each beer, but in particular towards the end of the boil and into the whirlpool, which maximises the aroma and flavour.

Mashed to perfection

We control the temperature of the mash (when the grains are mixed with the water) to within half a degree. This ensures the fermentation delivers the right amount of alcohol and mouth feel – so you get a perfect pint every time.

It’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it.

In a corner of the brewhouse is a small pilot plant where we experiment with beers, trying different recipes and tasting our unique creations.

Traditionally brewed - in state-of-the-art equipment.

Since 1777, we’ve had several brewhouses. Our current one was installed in 2012, and should hopefully last us a good 100 years.

Mashed to perfection

We control the temperature of the mash (when the grains are mixed with the water) to within half a degree. This ensures the fermentation delivers the right amount of alcohol and mouth feel – so you get a perfect pint every time.

It’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it.

In a corner of the brewhouse is a small pilot plant where we experiment with beers, trying different recipes and tasting our unique creations.

Traditionally brewed - in state-of-the-art equipment.

Since 1777, we’ve had several brewhouses. Our current one was installed in 2012, and should hopefully last us a good 100 years.

See our brewery for yourself.

Visit our brewery in the beautiful Dorset countryside to experience our passion for crafting characterful beers first-hand.

Brewery tours.

You can read about our unique beers and historic brewery on this website. But hearing it from the horse’s mouth (AKA a brewery tour guide) is even better. Especially as you get to taste the beer too.

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In the heart of our brewery is the charming Brewery Tap pub & restaurant, serving delicious food and tasty beers. It would be rude not to try one.

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