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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!)