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Local Brewery News

Belvoir Brewery:  Currently brewing the core range of Star, Old Dalby, Peacocks Glory and Dark Horse Mild. No special beers on at the moment but they now have a new 5 barrel fermenter for brewing 'more adventurous beers' and are planning special beers for Melton Mowbray (Sept) and Nottingham (Oct) beer festivals. 

Charnwood Brewery are now brewing 4 times a week after the installation of another fermenter, which has increased capacity by 30%. Sales have started to expand outside of the Charnwood area with regular customers now in the South and South East of
Leicestershire. New seasonal beer range complements last years range well with the addition of some darker beers and different styles. The current special to celebrate the new football season, Blue Fox, is available on draught and also in bottles.  




D. O'Brien Brewery:  The four barrel brewery is located in a unit on Enderby Road Industrial Estate in Whetstone, Leicester. Brewer Dan O'Brien is currently brewing around once a week, concentrating on two main beers - Fearless City Pale at 4.5% commemorates Leicester City's Premiership title and there is Rebel Porter at 4.0%. Both featured at Derby Summer Beer Festival, with the Porter being available at Grantham Beer Festival.  The beers should be at the forthcoming Syston Rotary Club festival. Beers have also been stocked at the Charlotte in Leicester and Braunstone Civic Centre. Dan, helped by father Kev, is actively pursuing new outlets.  



Dow Bridge Brewery are currently celebrating 15 years of brewing at Catthorpe, they have brewed a anniversary ale called xv it is a 4.2% chestnut coloured beer brewed with a variety of hops. It has proved very popular and will be available in bottled form later in the year.  




Elliswood: The Elliswood Brewery has been sold to Darren and Louise Lavender licensees of The Greyhound Public House in Hinckley. The Brewery will remain at its present location for now but sometime in the next 12 months will relocate to the rear of The Greyhound Public House in Hinckley.     


Everards At the beginning of July, their core beer range, Beacon Bitter, Tiger Best Bitter, Original and Sun Chaser were re-branded with emphasis on Leicestershire instead of Leicester. New pump clips designed by a local designer Tom Bell from nearby Enderby are now in all of their pubs, along with other promotional material. Beer names slightly changed. Beacon Bitter is now Beacon Hill, Tiger Best Bitter is now just Tiger, Sunchaser is now Sunchaser Golden Ale and Original reverts to its Original name, Old Original. The beers however remain the same.  September’s Seasonal Beer is Midland Red. This 4.5%abv Bitter is brewed using Willamette, Columbus and Amarillo hops. Black Annis Porter will be their Seasonal Beer for September. At 5%abv, brewed using Black Malt and Chrystal Malt and Fuggles hops. For October, the seasonal beer is Single Hop IPA. An IPA as the name suggests at 4.7%abv, the single hop is Challenger. Sleighbell will return for the Christmas period. They continue to host International Brewers. In September, there will be a beer brewed for the forthcoming J D Wetherspoons Beer Festival in October, Shaan Duthie from Dissident Brewery in Cape Town South Africa will brew Hop Session. A Pale Ale at 5% using English hops. Challenger, UK Cascade and Brambling Cross.


Gas Dog: 
It is hoped Steve Plews will be able to resume brewing shortly on three-barrel plant located in Melton Mowbray.


Golden Duck recently held a mini festival at The Mushroom Hall, Albert Village with 4 Golden Duck Beers, 2 Derventio Beers as well as Pedigree and Doom Bar on offer. Their test brew is called Tinners Tipple. Maris Otter Pale Malt Hops have been used for bittering giving a slightly spicy bitterness with European Hops imparting a pleasant floral aroma. 

Great Central Brewery Limited:  After a break, brewer Neil Rowley is set to resume brewing very soon with his railway theme names of beers. 


Langton Brewery hosted their 2nd annual beer festival in July featuring a dozen different beers from Micro-breweries in South Wales plus another half-dozen of their own brews. The new brew tanks and fermenter which were nearing completion, at the time of my last report, are now finished and will be installed before the end of August 2016 taking the brewery’s production capability up to a potential 35 barrels a week. Subsequent to their recent SIBA quality audit, Langton Brewery have now been accredited The SIBA Certificate. Beers brewed since last report are: Caudle, Inclined Plane, Welland Fox, Hop On, Bowler, Bullseye Stout, Angler and Sovereign.gton beers.





Market Harborough Brewery: The Brewery started brewing in November 2015 and is supplying its range to a limited number of pubs and shops in the area. They produce and bottle all their beers by hand and they include MH Best Bitter 3.8%, MH Hoppy Pale 4.1%, MH ESB 5.6%, MH IPA 6.3% and MH Premium Brown 5.1%. The breweries sales continue to grow as the brewery delivers to a wider range of customers and an increased geographic range.  The brewery is experimenting with their favourite ingredient - Hops!!  The Superhop series where a hopped pale ale is aggressively dry hopped with a single variety is now up to #2 dry hopped with Ahtanum.  The shop is open on Saturdays from 10am until 4pm selling all of their beers in bottles and beer fresh from the cask, it is situated in the brewery at 71 St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough LE16 7DS (behind Plumb Centre). Find them on 


Parish Brewery: 
Baz is working flat out to meet a busy period of seasonal demand at local beer festivals and events. Three beers were to be be on show at Peterborough BF this year including a festival special infused with cherries and blackcurrants. Two festival specials will be available for Melton Mowbray BF next month, the names of which are to be associated with the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The first, ‘Pals Battalion’s Bitter’, a malty ruby coloured best bitter at 4.1%; the second ‘Somme 100’, a strong rich dark old ale at 7.2%, where the abv is set in remembrance of the 72,000 missing British Empire servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme with no known grave.


Pig Pub
: Located at the Pig in Muck Pub at Claybrooke Magna.  Work is now underway on the new plant. The old plant is being moved to The Criterion in Leicester to be a brew pub.





Q Brewery Things are still going well for Q Brewery. In March this year they are to provide 4 beers to the Leicester Beer Festival
including a 7% festival special called Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow. 





Très Bien Brewery: Located in picturesque Tur Langton, the brewery currently continues to offer a regularly changing selection and variety of beers.  Often to be found at The Exchange and The Cosy Club in Leicester, plus numerous pubs in the Market Harborough area.  Beers also featured at the recent beer festival at the Orange Tree in Leicester.




The West End Brewery: 
A new brewpub which sells beer made on the premises.  Copper and IPA have become regular beers brewed at this 2.5 barrel brewery, with one other beer usually available on the bar. Mild, Ruby and variations on Pale Ale have been brewed. Brewing continues to take place once or twice a week.  For August/September a 5% IPA has been brewed with each cask being dry hopped with different hops. The beers should have been seen out at Western Park Beer Festival in Leicester (for which a special beer was brewed), Grainstore Beer Festival in Oakham and Peterborough Beer Festival.  The purchase of more casks is planned for the Autumn, which will allow limited sales to other outlets. It is also planned to bottle beers.



East Midlands brewery map

A map of East Midlands breweries has been compliled by the Great Food Club. The club, which is free to join, promotes local food shops, restaurants, farm shops and pubs with member discounts being given at many locations.  The map can be found at or in the Great Food Club Handbook, which can be purchased for £3.95