The Brewer’s Tale
Born in a Barn
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. Our gin still was installed in 2019 and we began distilling in August 2019, the start of a new venture, Chatsworth Gin was launched at the Chatsworth Country Fair, the reception for this gin has been incredible so far. 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.
Work on the barn starts for the new Peak Ales Visitor Centre.
Our brewery shop opens at the Visitor Centre.
2.5 BBL Pilot Brewery Installed.
Personalised Beer Bottles
Custom labels on bottled beer
They make great, personal presents for every occasion
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.
Peak Ales Brewery is a real ales craft brewery based in the Derbyshire Dales, UK. Run by Robert and Debra Evans and their team, they have over 100 years of combined knowledge and experience in producing Real Ale Craft Beers. Born out of love and the challenges of setting up their own micro-brewery Robert and Debra have successfully produced National
Award-Winning Ales in casks and bottle beers. As well as selling to pubs and shops around the area, Peak Ales is open to the public, so you can buy beer online in the Shop for real ale craft beer delivered to your door.
The Visitor Centre hosts a range of Events throughout the year or is available to hire. You can also buy tickets for Brewery Tours, which make perfect presents or if you want to boost your knowledge on how beer is brewed, why not treat yourself? Also at the Visitor Centre the shop is open for you to come and choose your beer, buy or newest edition to the range, Chatsworth Gin and any of our Peak Ales clothing and merchandise. We are open Monday – Saturday 11am – 4pm.
Peak Ales supports responsible drinking www.drinkaware.co.uk