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Hand crafting our English ales

At Welbeck Abbey Brewery we pride ourselves on using only four ingredients – barley, hops, yeast and water. All are carefully blended, so that all our ales can rightfully carry the Welbeck stamp of ‘hand crafted’.

Finest Maris Otter malted barley is used for the full mash ale which gives the natural sugar used for fermentation (we never add refined sugar during the brewing process). We source a wide range of whole flower hops from all over the world to create the aroma and taste. Our water comes from Welbeck’s very own natural spring; we call it ‘liquor’, as after falling on the Derbyshire hills and filtering through the rock the water is perfectly clear and full of minerals, which contributes so much to the character of each ale. The final ingredient, fresh yeast is our own unique strain and helps generate a specific range of flavour notes during fermentation which no other brewery matches. All in all, the carefully monitored and controlled process of brewing takes around a week to complete, after which it’s casked and distributed to regional pubs or transported by road for specialist bottling.

All of this takes place in a converted barn of the wonderful Welbeck Estate. We would like to say a thank you to The East Midlands Development Agency under the Rural Development Programme for England for its grant which helped provide the finance needed to help convert the building into this purpose built unit. The Welbeck Estates Company owns the majority of the business, with Head Brewer Claire Monk also owning a share. The brewery aligns perfectly with the rest of Welbeck’s companies and joint ventures, all being centred around food and the arts and has played a key role in bringing them together at events held on the estate.

We hope Welbeck Abbey Brewery will grow to become one of the country’s most respected and sought after breweries.

Meet the brewers

Claire is assisted in her brewing duties by a dedicated team. Together they are gaining a reputation for creating exciting full of character - much like themselves really!

Hand crafted quality

Every one of our ales carries the Welbeck stamp of 'hand crafted'. We're proud of our talents and our growing range of English beers is testament to this.

Visit us

Claire plays host to regular tours of the brewery. Join her one weekday evening to discover Welbeck's brewing process from start to finish. There's also a pint for you to enjoy.