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Traditional craft ales as brewed on the Chatsworth Estate

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The Brewer’s Tale

Born in a Barn

Our Story

In 2003 Robert and Debra Evans had a carefully prepared plan – sell the house, uproot their family, leave secure jobs and set up a microbrewery in the Peak District, simple? Rob knew he only had one chance to get this right, working hard to find premises suitable to fit in with his dream. Chatsworth suggested he took a look at Cunnery Barn on the Chatsworth Estate, the barn buildings were in disrepair but the potential was obvious; the perfect location for a microbrewery had been discovered.


Two years later and after many hurdles including planning, electricity, drainage, renovation, finance and resident barn owls, the first beer had been brewed and the owls had a purpose built nesting box – no other barn owls in Derbyshire have accommodation so grand! It had been an emotional journey.


Mighty oaks grow from little acorns as they say and by 2012 it was becoming clear we’d hit capacity and keeping up with demand became a challenge, at the end of 2014 we upgraded our brewing equipment to a 20 barrel plant and the main brewery moved to a purpose built premise in the picturesque location of Ashford in the Water. The brewery had left, but the barn is pretty special and we didn’t want to leave, so a brand new plan to create a Brewery Visitor Centre & Gin Distillery was created, to consist of a brewery, a distillery, a shop and tasting room plus venue hire options.


Good things come to those who wait, after further renovations and hurdles similar to those we faced in the beginning, we completed the 1st and 2nd stage of this project by opening our brewery shop and venue hire in 2017 plus installing a 2.5 barrel pilot brewery in 2018, allowing us to experiment with new recipes and beer styles. The venue is available to hire for private functions, meetings and events.


We have a core range of National award winning cask and bottled beers, alongside specials throughout the seasons and experimental brews from the pilot brewery. We’re proud to be able to consistently supply quality products in and around the Peak District.

The plan...
It begins...
Going strong...
Expansion...
Work begins
Shop opens
Microbrewery
Gin
Where are we now?
In January 2003 Robert & Debra Evans had a carefully prepared plan – sell the house, uproot their family, leave secure jobs and set up a microbrewery in the Peak District, Simple?2003 for web
After many hurdles including planning, electricity, drainage, renovation, finance and resident barn owls, the first beer had been brewed at The Cunnery Barn on the Chatsworth Estate.2005 for web
Mighty oaks grow from little acorns as they say and by 2012 it was becoming clear we’d hit capacity and keeping up with demand became a challenge.2012 for web
At the end of 2014 we upgraded our brewing equipment to a 20 barrel plant and the main brewery moved to a purpose built premise in the picturesque location of Ashford in the Water.2014 for web

Work on the barn starts for the new Peak Ales Visitor Centre.

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Our brewery shop opens at the Visitor Centre.

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2.5 BBL Pilot Brewery Installed.

 

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Installation of our brand new gin still coming soon.
We have a core range of National award winning beers, alongside specials throughout the seasons. We’re proud to be able to consistently supply quality products in and around the Peak District.

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Bespoke Labels

Personalised labels on bottled beer
They make great, personal presents for every occasion

How does it work?

You can either email us your photo or pop it into the brewery if you don’t have the image already on your computer, we can scan it onto our system for you!

When ordering please let us know which bottled beer you would prefer, Swift Nick, Bakewell Best Bitter, Chatsworth Gold, Black Stag & IPA are usually available all around but do call us to check.
If your choice isn’t available we will use the closest available beer.

We also need to know what you would like your beer called.

Wedding Favours

Let us be part of your big day, we can offer personalised bottled beer, an original and fun way to help you and all your guests remember your day.

We can also offer personalised pump clips for your wedding bar.

How much does this cost?

We charge £39 for a case of 12 personalised bottled beers

To get yours, or if you have any questions please contact tiggie@peakales.co.uk

Purchases are strictly for over 18s only. By placing an order you are confirming that you are at least 18 years old. We may ask you for proof via email. If we really like your personalised bottled beer, we might use your label design in future advertising/promotions. (BE A STAR!)

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Contact Us

Brewery Address

Longstone Lane, Ashford in the Water,
Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1NH

Brewery Shop
Open everyday. 11am to 4pm.

The Barn Brewery, Chatsworth
Bakewell, Derbyshire. DE45 1EX

Phone

+44 (0)1246 583737

Email

info@peakales.co.uk

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