Thornbridge Brewery

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Thornbridge Brewery
Industry Brewing
Key people
Jim Harrison & Simon Webster
Products Beer
Production output
30,000 hectolitre capacity [1]

The Thornbridge Brewery is an independent brewery [2] [3] [4] founded in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall, Ashford-in-the-Water near Bakewell, Derbyshire, England.

Thornbridge Hall Grade II listed house in Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire, UK

Thornbridge Hall is a large English country house situated near the village of Great Longstone in the local government district of Derbyshire Dales in Derbyshire. It is a grade 2 listed building.

Ashford-in-the-Water village and civil parish in Derbyshire Dales district, Derbyshire, England

Ashford-in-the-Water is a village in the Derbyshire Peak District, England, and on the River Wye. It is known for the quarrying of Ashford Black Marble, and for the maidens' garlands made to mark the deaths of virgins in the village until 1801. Some of these are preserved in the parish church. The civil parish population taken at the 2011 Census was 559.

Bakewell town and civil parish in Derbyshire Dales district, Derbyshire, England

Bakewell is a small market town and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, well known for the local confection Bakewell pudding. It is located on the River Wye, about thirteen miles (21 km) southwest of Sheffield. In the 2011 census the civil parish of Bakewell had a population of 3,949. The town is close to the tourist attractions of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall.



The first Thornbridge craft beers were produced in February 2005 in a 10 barrel brewery, [5] [6] [7] housed in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. [8] [9] [10]

A new state of the art 30 barrel brewery [11] [12] at Bakewell was opened in September 2009 [13] [14] [15] with an aim to continue to brew high quality cask, keg and bottled beers and develop new ones through innovation in process [16] [17] [18] and usage of the finest natural ingredients. [19] [20] [21] [22] The original Hall Brewery continues to operate in developing new, seasonal and speciality beers.

Thornbridge has won more than 350 awards since its opening, [23] [24] [25] including the Gold Medal (Best Black IPA in the World) at the World Beer Awards 2012 [26] and 2013 [27] for Wild Raven, Gold Medal (Best Kölsch in the World) at the World Beer Awards 2013 [28] and 2015 [29] [30] for Tzara, Silver Medal (Strong Ales) at the Great British Beer Festival (August 2006 [31] [32] ) for Jaipur IPA - named also as one of The Top 50 Food and Drinks in Britain. [33] [34] [35] In May 2014, Thornbridge was recognised as the Best Drinks Producer in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards 2014. [36] [37] [38] It has also won awards at the World Beer Cup: 2010 Silver Bracia, 2012 Bronze Raven and 2014 Silver Wild Swan. [39] It has also won the 2015 Beer Marketing Awards [40] [41] [42] for Best Use of Competitions.

BBC Radio 4 British domestic radio station, owned and operated by the BBC

BBC Radio 4 is a radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. It replaced the BBC Home Service in 1967. The station controller is Gwyneth Williams, and the station is part of BBC Radio and the BBC Radio department. The station is broadcast from the BBC's headquarters at Broadcasting House, London. On 21 January 2019 Williams announced she was quitting the role. There are no details of when or who will be her replacement.

World Beer Cup international beer competition

The World Beer Cup is an international beer competition organized by the Brewers Association, a trade group representing America's small and independent craft brewers. It is the largest competition in the beer industry and has been described as "the Olympics of beer." According to, "Winning a World Beer Cup is like winning a Grammy or an Oscar…it brings the world’s attention to even the smallest brewery’s doorstep…and like a hit song or film, it can make a career." The cup was founded by Association of Brewers president Charlie Papazian in 1966 and is awarded every two years. The competition is held in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America.

The brewery has been called the first UK craft brewery [43] [44] [45] and its beers are now distributed worldwide in over 30 countries. [46] [47] [48]

The brewery celebrated 10 years of brewing in 2015 with the launch of Jaipur X [49] [50] [51] – a 10% version of their multi award winning Jaipur IPA (5.9%) [52] [53] [54] (Britain Best Beer 2013, [55] National SIBA Awards 2012, [56] GBBF Champion Keg Ale Award 2011 and Great Taste Awards [57] - are a few examples).

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