Local Breweries

There are three breweries 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
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 eight different beers are currently offered, mostly in cask, but also as bottled real ale. Cask beers are regularly available in local pubs and at beer festivals, whilst bottled beers can be found in local a number of local outlets (e.g. The Smiling Grape in St Neots).

Beer is currently supplied on a wholesale basis only, although it is planned to obtain a licence for direct sales from the brewery early in 2018.
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 until recently, but unfortunately have now closed:

Red Brewery in Great Staughton (brewery sold to Rocket Ales who are now brewing on the site; more details coming soon)

TinShed Brewery in Kimbolton (brew kit has been sold outside 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:

Angles Ales, Peterborough
B&T, Bedfordshire
Bexar County, Peterborough
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
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
Rockingham, Northamptonshire
Three Blind Mice, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire
Turpin's, Sawston, Cambridgeshire
Tydd Steam, Cambridgeshire
Wells (Charles Wells), Bedfordshire
Xtreme Ales, Whittlesey, Cambridegshire