Independent breweries are mainly family owned since Victorian times, brewing a range of 'real ales' using traditional methods and ingredients. Many have a range of tied houses.

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Abbey Ales
Located in Bath, England. Produces a golden hoppy traditional best bitter called Bellringer.
Adnams Brewery
A traditional brewer of classic English beer. Information on the beer and brewery, plus recent TV commercials.
Arkell's Brewery
A family brewery in Swindon since 1843, producing real ales from ingredients produces on Arkell's own farm. Includes a virtual tour of the steam brewery.
Arran Brewery
Brewers of Light, Blonde and Dark cask and bottled ales. Visitor centre. Situated on the Isle of Arran, Scotland.
Aston Manor Brewery
Producer of ciders, ales, and lagers, located in Birmingham.
Barum Brewery
Brewery in Barnstaple, Devon, with a range of cask and bottled ales.
Batemans Brewery
Batemans of Wainfleet, Lincolnshire
Bathams Brewery
Small family brewery in Brierly Hill, West Midlands, established in 1877, and brewing a best bitter and mild ale.
Belhaven Brewery
The official brewery web site. Scottish cask conditioned ales plus beers and lagers.
Bishop's Finger
A Kentish strong ale brewed by Shephard Neame in Faversham, Kent. Description, history, annual blessing of the hops, packaging, testimonials, brewing charter, and brewing process.
Black Sheep Brewery
Paul Theakston's (of "Old Peculiar" fame) new brewery, located in Masham, North Yorkshire. Produces draught and bottled traditional ales including Riggwelter, Yorkshire Square Ale and Black Sheep Best Bitter. Brewery Tour.
Brains Brewery
The national brewer of Wales, based in Cardiff. Includes details of the pubs, the beers and the brewing process.
Brakspear Brewery
Brewer of a variety of bottled and draught beers. Located in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
The Brakspear Brewing Company
Brew and sell the Brakspear beer brands. Contact and product details.
Butcombe Brewery
Offers hand-crafted beers brewed in the traditional way using English and continental hops, together with English malted barley. News, history, the brewery, beers, cider, and contacts. A shop is located within the brewery.
Caledonian Brewery
Large brewery in Edinburgh, producing a range of cask, bottled and canned beers.
Charles Wells
The largest independently owned, family run brewery in the country, (in Bedford), with a range of award-winning ales and lagers - principally Bombadier and Eagle Bitter. Also brews Red Stripe Lager, Kirin Lager Beer and Cobra under licence.
Cotleigh Brewery
One of the oldest and most successful small breweries in the West Country, Located in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, brewing traditional beers for around 200 pubs in Somerset and Devon.
Country Life Brewery
Produces beers using traditional brewing techniques. The brewery shop is based in North Devon and sells various bottles and kegs of ales and cider.
Daniel Thwaites Plc
Long established family run brewery in Blackburn, Lancashire, producing cask, freeflow and keg beers. Contact details.
Dent Brewery
Brewers of traditional ales, in one of the remotest areas of Britain - Dent in the Yorkshire Dales. Three bottle/draught beers are regularly produced - Ramsbottom, T'owd Tup and Kamikaze.
Everards Brewery Limited
Independent family owned brewery at Narborough, Leicester, brewing four cask conditioned ales for its large estate of pubs in the Leicester area. The best selling ale is Tiger Best Bitter.
Exmoor Ales Ltd
Somerset's oldest brewery, at Wiveliscombe, brewing a range of cask conditioned and bottled ales.
The Felinfoel Brewery Company
Family owned brewery at Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, which is the oldest in Wales. Supplies cask ale to its own houses, and the free trade. Produces three cask and three smooth ales.
Fuller Smith & Turner (Fullers)
Chiswick, London based independent brewers of a large range of real ales in cask, bottles and cans.
Goddards Brewery
15-barrel brewery based in Ryde, Isle of Wight, producing a range of award winning ales for distribution throughout the island.
Greene King Brewery
Pub retailer and brewer based in Bury St Edmunds. Includes news, shop, vacancies and brand information.
Hart Brewery
Little Eccleston, Preston, England brewer. Descriptions of beers and history.
Harveys Brewery
Sussex's oldest independent brewery founded in 1790 and still brewing traditional draught 'Sussex' beers. Based in Lewes, East Sussex. Online shopping.
Hogs Back Brewery
Brewers of award winning daught and bottled ales in the new purpose built brewery at Tongham, Surrey. Brewery tours and shop. Online shopping. Beers include 'Hair of the Hog' and 'Rip Snorter'.
Hopback Brewery
Brewers of cask conditioned and bottle conditioned ales at Salisbury, Wiltshire. Brands include 'Summer Lighting' which has won many awards. Eight tied houses. Brewery tours.
Hydes Brewery
Independent family brewery in Manchester. Supplies cask ales to all but one of its 69 tied houses. Guided brewery tours.
J.W.Lees & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.
JWLees have been an independent brewery brewing in Manchester since 1828. Core brands are bitter, lager and cask ales.
Jennings Brothers
The Lake District brewer and pub operator. Traditional beers are produced at their brewery in Cockermouth, Cumbria, which also offers brewery tours.
Joseph Holt Ltd
Manchester based offering information on products, pubs, food, drink and news.
Kelham Island Brewery
Brewery in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, - the City's largest remaining brewery, producing award winning cask conditioned, real ale. Beers include 'Pale Rider', 'Easy Rider', and 'Pride of Sheffield'.
Leeds Brewery
Independent brewers of real ales. Information about beers produced, and contacts.
Brewing since 1834 in Burton on Trent. Descriptions of beers, news, multimedia, and cricket promotion.
Mauldons Brewery
Well established brewers based in Sudbury, Suffolk, and supplying the East Anglia area with traditional ales. Many awards including CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 1991/92 for 'Black Adder'.
Maxim Brewery
The famous brand 'Double Maxim Brown Ale' has been purchased by two of the ex-directors of the former Vaux Brewery, who have now formed the Double Maxim Beer Company Ltd, based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.
Meantime Brewing
London brewer. Company information, beer descriptions, retailer and importer lists.
Moles Brewery
Brewery established in 1982 in Melksham, Wiltshire, to brew traditional bitter, conditioned in the cask. 13 pubs are owned, 12 selling cask ale. Uses malted Maris Otter barley grown in Wiltshire.
Burnley, Lancashire, England. History, beers, pubs, distributor list, brewery tour information, and some history of the Pendle Witches.
Northumberland Brewery
Brewery and onsite tap producing traditional Northumberland real ales. Beer descriptions, merchandise, information on annual beer festival, news, and history.
Okells Brewery
The main brewery on the Isle of Man. Its history, the present modern brewery, a schedule of seasonal beers, tasting notes, tours of the brewery and branded merchandise.
The Orkney Brewery
Producing cask and bottled beers, with product range, brewer biography, and list of awards. Based in the Orkney Islands, Scotland.
Palmers Brewery
Britain's old thatched brewery, in Bridport, Dorset. In operation since 1794, producing traditional ales for its 60 tenanted pubs and 100 free trade outlets. Also produce the bottle conditioned 'Palmers 200' and 'Tally Ho!'.
Ringwood Brewery
Originally a microbrewery, but now a small national brewer based in Ringwood, Hampshire. Brewers of Best Bitter, Fortyniner, Old Thumper, Porter 4X, Boondoggle and 21 Not Out. Brewery tours.
Robinson's Brewery
Stockport, Cheshire brewery producing Robinson's and Hartley's traditional cask ales. Brewery tours.
Ruddles Brewing
Based in the Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds. Details of products, company history and contact details.
Samuel Smith's Brewery
Yorkshire's oldest brewery at Tadcaster, producing a variety of traditional ales, including organic beer and lager.
Shepherd Neame
Britain's oldest brewer, a family business brewing in Faversham, Kent since 1698. Produces cask and bottled ales, including 'Bishop's Finger' and 'Spitfire', which was awarded the coveted Gold Medal at the prestigious International Brewing Industry Awards.
St Austell Brewery
Family brewery since 1851, based at St Austell, Cornwall, producing a range of cask ales. Supplied to 150 tied houses, and to the free trade. Visitor centre and brewery tours.
Timothy Taylor
Independent family owned producer of traditional cask ales since 1858, best known for its award winning 'Landlord' beer. Based in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
Tollemache & Cobbold Brewery
Independent brewery based in Ipswich, producing cask and bottled beers. Better known as Tolly Cobbold, it is one of the oldest brewers in the country. Brewery tours.
Wentworth Brewery
Independent brewer of real ales, which also bottles spring waters; information about their products, and ordering details.
West Berkshire Brewery
Independent brewer in Yattendon, Berkshire. Awards, tour information, news, and merchandise.
Worth Brewery
Information on a small independent brewery, their beers, and outlets.
Wychwood Brewery
Hobgoblin pubs and Wychwood brewery.
Young & Co's Brewery
Britain's oldest brewery at Wandsworth, South London, where beer has been brewed since 1581. Produces a range of cask and bottled ales, available at more than 1000 free trade outlets throughout the country. Brewery tours, branded merchandise and pub information.
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