Thornbridge branded beers were first brewed in early 2005 after the establishment of a 10 barrel brewery in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. Our initial focus was on a range of cask beers that used traditional recipes but provided a modern twist through the use of a wide range of hops, malts and the innovation and passion of the brewing team. After winning a succession of awards from September 2005 onwards ( we have now won over 200 national and international awards) a new 30 barrel, state of the art, brewery and bottling line was built at Bakewell in September 2009 to meet with demand and increase the product range.
From the beginning at Thornbridge we knew that excellence and quality of process and product would be paramount to our success and delighting drinkers. Our vision was to create products that would make us of the leading new breweries in the UK. The adoption of the Innovation, Passion and Knowledge strap line for the brewery was no hollow promotional stunt but a cultural statement of how through our many activities we would go about our day to day business.
Thornbridge now operates from two brewery sites. Our original Hall brewery highlights the traditional infusion mash ale system whereas the contemporary Riverside brewery highlights our ability to innovate through technology. The Hall is about experimentation and barrel-aging and creation including premium bottled products. Riverside is innovation, allowing us to attain perfection through fantastic brewing, quality control and packaging of the beer in cask, keg and bottle.
We enjoy making our beers and have a lot of fun doing so. We do hope you enjoy drinking them!
The immediate impression of this wonderful, award winning, India Pale Ale is soft and smooth but this builds around the mouth to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey.
Style: Indian Pale Ale
The winning brew of The Great British Homebrew Challenge. Pouring hazy gold, the beer has an aroma of rose, lemon, chamomile and coriander. The taste is tart and slightly fruity, with a silky mouthful that culminates in a kiss of hops.