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Always looking for an excuse to try some new beers we’ve decided that, as residents of Derbyshire, it would only be right to seek out as many Derbyshire breweries as we can find and try at least one of their brews. Our quest means we are getting to try offerings from breweries large and small and what an adventure it is!


Check out the breweries we have found so far and the brews we have tried. If you think there’s a brewery we really should know about, drop us line and we’ll be sure to check it out. Also, if you happen to be on Untappd, you can follow us here.

 

Breweries Found: 48 Breweries/Tap Rooms Visited: 10

 
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Abstract Jungle

Abstract Jungle was launched by Simon King in 2015. The brewery is based in Langley Mill (NG16), a small town in the Amber Valley district on the border of Nottinghamshire.

We’ve tried: Pride (American Pale Ale).


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Aldwark Artisan Ales

Aldwark Artisan Ales opened in 2017 in a converted milking parlour. The brewery is based in Aldwark (DE4), a small village in the Derbyshire Dales district just within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park.

We’ve tried: Aldwark Bullet (New Zealand Pale Ale), Frankenstein (Porter), Nostrum Amber (English Bitter), 8 Million (English Pale Ale), and Hare of the Hill (English Pale Ale).


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Alter Ego Brewing Co.

Alter Ego is based in Heanor (DE75), a town in the Amber Valley district.

We’ve tried: Echo Chamber (American Pale Ale).


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Amber Ales

Amber Ales was founded in 2006 and is based in Ripley (DE5), a town in the Amber Valley district.

We’ve tried: Barnes Wallis (English Bitter).


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Ashover Brewery

Ashover Brewery started in 2007 in an old stable block behind the Old Poets’ Corner in Ashover but has since expanded into the former Brown Ales site at Clay Cross (S45) in the North East Derbyshire district.

We’ve tried (to name a few): Poet’s Tipple (English Bitter), Damson Porter (Porter), Amberella (Australian Pale Ale), Hydo (English Pale Ale), and Rattle Imperial Red (English Strong Ale).

We’ve also attended the Spring Beer Festival at the Old Poets’ Corner.


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Barlow Brewery

Barlow Brewery was based in Dronfield (S18), a town in the North East Derbyshire district. They also had a Tap House in Chesterfield (S40). From the website it looks like the brewery has closed but the Tap House will continue to run as a free house.

We’ve tried (to name a few): Barlow Black (Porter), Full Monty IPA (IPA), Jolly Roger Porter (Porter), Mish Mash (American IPA), and Wakatu (New Zealand Pale Ale).

We’ve also visited the Tap House many times as it’s not too far from the cinema in Chesterfield.


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The Bentley Brook Brewing Co.

Bentley Brook started life as the Hilltop Brewery but changed its name to avoid confusion with a brewery based in Yorkshire. The brewery operates from an old mill in the Lumsdale Valley (DE4) just outside of Matlock, the county town of Derbyshire within the Derbyshire Dales district.

We’ve tried: March of the Gladiators (Golden Ale), SoLo (Golden Ale), and Mic. Hop (American Pale Ale).

We’ve also visited the brewery tap room.


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Birchover Brewery

Birchover Brewery is based at The Red Lion Inn (DE4) which officially became a brewhouse in 1722 when alcohol licensing became law, and they started brewing on site again in the spirit of the original brewhouse.

We’ve tried: Bircher Best (Traditional Ale), Nine Ladies (English Bitter), and Robin Hoods Stride (English IPA).


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Black Hole Brewery

Black Hole Brewery started in 2007 in Burton on Trent but moved to their new brewery in Little Eaton (DE21) in 2017.

We’ve tried: Milky Way (Witbier) and Super Nova (Golden Ale).


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Boot Beer

Boot Beer began production in 2015 and has recently expanded. The brewery is based in Repton (DE65), a village in the South Derbyshire district.

We’ve tried: Clod Hopper (English Pale Ale) and Boot ESB (Extra Special/Strong Bitter).


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Brampton Brewery

The original Brampton Brewery once produced 30,000 gallons of beer a week but closed in the 1950s after 130 years of brewing. Still based in Chesterfield (S40), the brewery was reborn as a micro-brewery in 2007 taking inspiration from the Victorian giant but adapting to modern tastes.

We’ve tried: Tudor Rose (English Pale Ale), Terminus (English Pale Ale), Jerusalem (English Bitter), and Impy Dark (English Mild).


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Brunswick Brewing Co.

Brunswick Brewing began producing beer in 1991 in a ‘traditional tower style brewery’ extension to The Brunswick Inn. The brewery is based in Derby (DE1).

We’ve tried (to name a few): Railway Porter (Porter), Triple Hop (Golden Ale), Father Mike’s Dark Rich Ruby (English Mild), The Usual (Brown Ale), and White Feather (English Pale Ale).


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Buxton Brewery

Buxton Brewery was established in 2009 in a garage but is now based in a 7000 square foot modern building producing around 3500 litres per brew, 3 times per week. The brewery is based in Buxton (SK17), a spa and market town in the High Peak district, described as "the gateway to the Peak District National Park".

We’ve tried (to name a few): High Tor (Red IPA), Costa Rican Coffee Extra Porter (Porter), Long Way From Baja (IPA), Guava Sour (Sour), and One-Eyed Goat (Imperial IPA).

We’ve also visited the brewery tasting room.


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ChickenFoot Brewery

ChickenFoot commenced brewing in 2018 at the Barley Mow. The in-house microbrewery is based in Bonsall (DE4), a village in the Derbyshire Dales district on the edge of the Peak District.

We’ve tried: Lord NelsHen (South Pacific Discovery).

We’ve also visited the brewery pub - Barley Mow Bonsall.


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The Collyfobble Brewery

Collyfobble Brewery opened in 2017 at The Peacock. The in-house microbrewery is based in Barlow (S18), a village in the North East Derbyshire district.

We’ve tried: Bob On! (English Bitter), Dunna Wittle (Blonde Ale), ‘Sup-Wiyo (English Pale Ale), and IPA Up (English IPA).


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Dancing Duck

Dancing Duck Brewery was established in 2010. The Derby based brewery (DE22) gets its name from the local term of endearment "Duck".

We’ve tried (to name a few): Waddle It Be? (Pale Ale), Beaky Blinder (Golden Ale), Release the Quacken (English Pale Ale), Ay Up (English Pale Ale), and Waitangi (New Zealand Pale Ale).


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Derby Brewing Co.

Derby Brewing Company was founded in 2004. The Derby based brewery (DE21) also runs a number of venues across Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

We’ve tried (to name a few): Triple Hop (English Pale Ale), Business As Usual (English Bitter), Hop Till You Drop (Blonde Ale), American Amber (Red Ale), and Feeling Fruity (Pale Ale).


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Derventio Brewery

Derventio Brewery was founded in 2005. The Derby based brewery (DE22) takes it name from the Little Chester area of the city where their initial premises were. They are now just outside Trusley, to the west of the city centre.

We’ve tried: Cleopatra (Fruit Beer).


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Dovedale Brewing Co.

Dovedale Brewing is based at Damgate Farm (DE6), just above Ilam in the Peak District National Park.

We’ve tried: Stout (Stout), and Echo Beach IPA (IPA).


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Draycott Brewing Co.

Draycott commenced brewing in 2014. The brewery is now based in Dale Abbey (DE7), a village in the Erewash borough.

We’ve tried: Lord Have Mercy (Porter), and Irish Red Ale (Red Ale).


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Drone Valley Brewery

Drone Valley Brewery is an independent Community Brewery (the only one in the UK), built by local people and the beers are brewed by volunteers. The brewery is based in Dronfield (S18), a town in the North East Derbyshire district.

We’ve tried: Stubley Stout (Stout), and Gosforth Gold (Golden Ale).


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Eyam Brewery

Eyam Brewery was established in 2017. The brewery is based in Eyam (S32), a village in the Derbyshire Dales, within the Peak District National Park.

We’ve tried (to name a few): Coolstone Pale (English Pale Ale), Plague (Stout), Quarantine (Blonde Ale), Black Death (Milk Stout), and All Fall Down (English IPA).


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Falstaff Brewery

Falstaff Brewery opened in 1999 in a restored and adapted 1903 workshop. They ceased brewing in 2001, but after a couple of dormant years it reopened in 2003. The brewery is based in the Normanton (DE23) area of Derby, to the south of the city centre.

We’ve tried: Spencer (Golden Ale).


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Flathead Brewery

Flathead is based in Swanwick (DE55), a village in the Amber Valley district.

We’ve tried: Drinking from the Bottle (IPA).


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Furnace Brewpub

The Furnace Inn (DE1) was once home to Shiny Brewery but after they moved to Little Eaton the small brewery was retained and now brews Furnace beers.

We’ve tried: Jimmy’s Mom (English Pale Ale), and Fun Sponge (English Pale Ale).


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Grasshopper Brewery

Grasshopper Brewery started life in 2016 with the first beer being produced in 2017. The brewery is based in Langley Mill (NG16), a small town in the Amber Valley district on the border of Nottinghamshire.

We’ve tried: Devil’s Horse (Dry Irish Stout), Kung Fu (English IPA), and Cricket (American Pale Ale).


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Hairy Brewers Ales

Hairy Brewers Ales was established in 2015. The brewery is based in Holbrook (DE56), a village in Amber Valley district, at the southern end of the Pennines.

We’ve tried: Hair of the Dog (English Bitter), and Dirty Blonde (Blonde Ale).


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Hartshorns Brewery

Hartshorns Brewery was founded in 2012. The brewery is based in Derby (DE21).

We’ve tried: Tallywacker (Golden Ale), Psychotropic (English IPA), and Barley Pop! (Golden Ale).


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Heist Brew Co.

Heist Brew was established in 2016. The brewery is based in an old school building in Clowne (S43), a village in the Bolsover district.

We’ve tried: NEIPA (New England IPA), Push the Button (Double New England IPA), and Mr. Pink (White Stout).


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Howard Town Brewery

Howard Town was founded in 2005. The brewery is based in Glossop (SK13), a market town in the High Peak district just outside of the Peak District National Park.

We’ve tried: Hope (English Bitter), Kerala (English IPA), and Super Fortress (English Bitter).


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The Instant Karma Brewing Co.

Instant Karma was founded in 2012. The brewery is based in Clay Cross (S45), a town in the North East Derbyshire district. The Rykneld Turnpyke is the brewery tap and front of house for the brewery.

We’ve tried: Brew #1 (New Zealand Pale Ale), Brew #2 (English Bitter), and Chameleon Black IPA (Dark Ale).

We’ve also visited the brewery tap at The Rykneld Turnpyke.


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Intrepid Brew Co.

The brewery is based in Hope (S33), a village in the High Peak district within the Hope Valley.

We’ve tried: Jester Pale (English Pale Ale).


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The Leadmill Brewery

Leadmill commenced brewing in 1999 and moved a couple of times before settling in Heanor (DE75), a town in the Amber Valley district.

We’ve tried: The Beast (Strong Ale), and Summer Hop (Pale Ale).


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Littleover Brewery

Littleover commenced brewing in 2015. The brewery is based in Littleover (DE23), a village and suburb in the city of Derby.

We’ve tried: The Panther (Oatmeal Stout).


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The Marlpool Brewing Co.

Marlpool commenced brewing in 2010 in an old slaughterhouse of a butcher’s shop. The brewery is based in Marlpool (DE75) just outside of Heanor, a town in the Amber Valley district.

We’ve tried: Blind Boris (English Mild), Frank (Irish Red Ale), and Maisy Moo (Golden Ale).

We’ve also visited the brewery’s tap room - Marlpool Ale House.


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Matlock Wolds Farm Brewery

Matlock Wolds Farm Brewery opened in 2014. The brewery is based in Matlock (DE4), the county town of Derbyshire within the Derbyshire Dales district.

We’ve tried: Classic Porter (Porter), Apogee (American Pale Ale), The Bitter End? (English Bitter), and 100 C.C. (American Pale Ale).


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Moot Oak Brewing Co.

Moot Oak was established in 2018. The brewery is based behind The Red Lion in Matlock (DE4), the county town of Derbyshire within the Derbyshire Dales district.

We’ve tried: Giddy Edge (English IPA).


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Mr Grundy's Brewery

Mr Grundy’s commenced brewing in 2010. The brewery/brewpub is based in Derby (DE22) near to the city centre.

We’ve tried: Big Willie (Golden Ale).


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Old Sawley Brewing Co.

Old Sawley started brewing in 2013. The brewery is based in Long Eaton (NG10), a town in the Erewash district.

We’ve tried: Little Jack (Pale Ale), and Plummeth the Hour (Porter).


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Peak Ales

Peak Ales began brewing in 2005. The brewery was based on the Chatsworth Estate (which they still have as a Brewery Visitor Centre & Gin Distillery) but is now in a purpose built premises in Ashford in the Water (DE45), a village in the Derbyshire Dales district.

We’ve tried (to name a few): Chatsworth Gold (Golden Ale), Noggin Filler (Dark Ale), Swift Nick (English Bitter), Bakewell Best Bitter (English Bitter), and Great Ridge (English Pale Ale).


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Pentrich Brewing Co.

Pentrich commenced brewing in 2013 and moved to their own brewery in 2015. The brewery is based between Pentrich and Ripley (DE5), both in the Amber Valley district.

We’ve tried (to name a few): Soma (English Pale Ale), Shadow Play (Oatmeal Stout), Fair Weather Friends (New Zealand Pale Ale), She Steals Citra (American Pale Ale), and Hoodlum Beach (New England Pale Ale).


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Raw Brewing Co.

Raw Brewing began production in 2010 and is now a subsidiary of Silver Brewhouse after it was bought out of administration. The brewery is based in Staveley (S43), a town in the borough of Chesterfield.

We’ve tried: Grey Ghost IPA (American IPA).


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Rock Mill Brewery

Rock Mill commenced brewing in 2015. The brewery based in New Mills (SK22), a small town in the High Peak district.

We’ve tried: Back to the Future (English Bitter), and Orangeytang (Pale Ale).


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Shiny Brewing

Shiny Brewing commenced brewing in 2012. The brewery is now based in Little Eaton (DE21), a small village in the Erewash district.

We’ve tried (to name a few): 4 Wood (English Bitter), Movin’ To The Country (IPA), Rainbow Tea (American IPA), Happy People (Pale Ale), and MOA (New Zealand Pale Ale).

We’ve also visited the brewery tap room.


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Thornbridge Brewery

Thornbridge Brewery began brewing in 2005. The brewery was originally based in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall but moved to a brand new site in Bakewell (DE45) in 2009, a small market town and in the Derbyshire Dales district.

We’ve tried (to name a few): Serpent (Belgian Strong Golden Ale), Bronx (Dry Irish Stout), Clerks’ Well (IPA), Days of Creation (Sour), and Exalted (Altbier).

We’ve also visited the brewery tap room and enjoyed Peakender beer festival.


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Tollgate Brewery

Tollgate Brewery began in 2005. The brewery was once based on the old Woodville site of Brunt, Bucknall & Co., but moved to the National Trust Calke Abbey Estate (DE73) in 2012. Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed country house near Ticknall, in the South Derbyshire district.

We’ve tried (to name a few): RaRa Rasputin (Russian Imperial Stout), LA Steam (California Common), Duffield Amber (English Bitter), Hackney Blonde (Blonde Ale), and California Steam (California Common).


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Torrside Brewing

Torrside Brewing commenced brewing in 2015. The brewery is in New Mills (SK22), based at the Marina and opposite the famous Swizzels Matlow factory.

We’ve tried: Molten Universe (Red Ale), I Am Curious Lemon (English Pale Ale), I’m Spartacus (American IPA), The Hops Must Flow (Red Ale), and Candlewick (Stout).

We’ve also visited the brewery tap room.


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Whim Ales

Whim Ales started in 1993. The brewery is based at The Whim Farm near Hartington (SK17), a village in the Derbyshire Dales district close to the border with Staffordshire.

We’ve tried: Hartington IPA (English IPA), Flower Power (Extra Special/Strong Bitter), Arbor Light (Blonde Ale), and Red House Ruby Porter (Porter).