Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Local Breweries

There are six breweries (we are aware of) currently operating regularly in the Huntingdonshire branch area:

Brewery name Description Image
Draycott Brewery
Small scale (1 BBL, 36 gal) microbrewery specialising in bottled real ales. Four beers are currently brewed, all with CAMRA Real Ale in a Bottle accreditation. Brewery is based at Low Farm on Mill Road in Buckden

Beers are available from a number of local shops, pubs and at beer festivals or direct from the brewery by prior arrangement
Grafham Brewing Company
Grafham Brewing Co was established in 2019 by Paul Robinson and is based on Breach Road in the idyllic surroundings of Grafham; famous for the beautiful countryside surrounding Grafham Water. A varied range of Craft Beers and Traditional Ales are on sale to surrounding pubs, hotels & shops. They brew small batch high quality products, served from cask, keg & bottle with an emphasis of introducing new flavours and styles to their customers. The brewery is 1.8 barrels in size and is capable of fermenting 900 litres simultaneously. The first beer is an award winning pale ale called "Hodders Panama". More products are in development.
IVO Brewery
IVO Brewery is a new venture started by two Somersham neighbours, Charlie Abbott and Jason Jones. They received an AWRS number in December 2019 and can now legally sell to pubs and beer festivals. The plan is to keep things small scale, starting with a 100 litre plant and 4 fermentation vessels. Casks will be delivered to local freehouses and bottles will be sold through bottle shops and farmers markets.
Papworth Brewery
The brewery was founded using a 100 L plant located in a domestic garage in the village of Papworth Everard. However, a substantial expansion has taken place with a move to an industrial unit in Earith during summer 2017. An 11 barrel plant (2000 L) has been installed with the first brews taking place in December 2017!

A range of more than 12 beers of different styles (from a mild to a strong porter) are currently offered, mostly in cask, but also as bottle conditioned real ales. New brews include The Whitfield Citrabolt (3.8% golden ale), Mild Thing (3.5% full-flavoured mild) and Pass the Porter (5.5% full-bodied strong porter).

Cask beers are regularly available in local pubs (Half Nelson is a permanent beer at the Green Man in Colne) and at many beer festivals. Bottled beers can be found in a number of local outlets (e.g. Shumë and The Smiling Grape in St Neots, Johnsons of Old Hurst, Budgens in Bluntisham and the Papworth Nisa).

Beer is currently supplied direct from the brewery on both a wholesale and retail basis. Normal opening hours for the Bottleshop are 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, and for the Tap Room they are 2 pm to 6 pm on Friday and Saturday. Please call (01487 842442) to check before making a journey.
Rocket Ales
Rocket Ales started out brewing on the King's Cliffe (Northants) brew kit. In late 2017, they acquired the site and assets of Red Brewery in Great Staughton and are now brewing there full-time with a range of around eight beers.

Two new brews for 2019 are Space Shuttle Brown Ale (3.6%) and Titan IPE (5.0%) are the and have been selling well in pubs around Cambridge, Bedford, Huntingdon & St Neots. Also 2019 is the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and first landing on the moon. As all the ales from the brewery are named after rockets or space exploration they are looking to celebrate this event with a special 3 bottle presentation Pack. These will go on sale in in April. The three beers will be Saturn V, First Man and Luna Module Eagle. The final recipes are to be agreed.
Son of Sid Brewery
Son of Sid beers are brewed at the Chequers pub in the village of Little Gransden. The pub has been owned and run by the Mitchell family since 1951.

The core range of cask beer includes English Ale, Muck Cat Mild, Golden Shower and Beer Sting Bitter. These beers (and occasional specials) are available in the pub and at local beer festivals.

Two other breweries were operating in the branch area, but both unfortunately closed in 2017:

Red Brewery in Great Staughton (brewery sold to Rocket Ales)

TinShed Brewery in Kimbolton (brew kit has been sold outside of the branch area)

If you have any news about breweries operating in or near to our branch area, please send details to ku.gro.armac.stnuh@swen

Outside of the branch area, there are also numerous independent local breweries in other parts of Cambridgeshire, together with Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire. Their beers are widely available in the pubs in the branch area, especially in 'true' free houses, and often feature at our own 'Booze on the Ouse' Beer festivals. Also significant is the major regional independent brewer, Charles Wells, who supplies many of the pubs in the area, but has recently sold most of its brands to Marstons.

This is a list of some of the breweries based in nearby CAMRA branch areas:

Calverley's, Cambridge
Cambridge Brew House, Cambridge
Castor, Peterborough
Crafty Beers, Great Wilbraham, Cambridge
Digfield, Barnwell, Northamptonshire
Elgoods, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Fellows, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire
J. Church, Northampton
Kelchner, Ampthill, Bedfordshire
King's Cliffe, Northamptonshire
Lord Conrad's, Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Mile Tree, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Milton, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire
Moonshine, Cambridgeshire
Nene Valley, Oundle, Northamptonshire
Nobby's, Thrapston, Northamptonshire
Oakham, Cambridgeshire
Potbelly, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Potton, Sandy, Bedfordshire
Rockingham, Northamptonshire
Three Blind Mice, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire
Turpin's, Sawston, Cambridgeshire
Tydd Steam, Cambridgeshire
Wells & Co (Brewpoint Brewery), Bedfordshire
Xtreme Ales, Whittlesey, Cambridegshire