Owen snaps photos inside the Thornbridge brewery.
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U.K. Real Ale Photo Album
& Area Pubs
Owen and Kerri were lucky enough to travel to the U.K. in early 2007 to visit with the inspired brewers and managers of the Thornbridge Brewery (Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire near Bakewell) and stop into several nearby pubs. Thornbridge is a beautiful, 10 bbl brewery located on the grounds of a stately English manor that was once home to a school for teachers. The current owners purchased the property and were inspired to locate a brewery in the old stonemason's shop behind the house. The Thornbridge beers have been very well received in the Derbyshire region and have garnered many awards. Thornbridge is in the process of purchasing a few pubs in nearby villages (Coach & Horses and University Arms near Sheffield) in which to sell their flavorful beers.
The photo album that follows contains more information about the Thornbridge Brewery and the inviting pubs that are close by. We hope that this page will encourage international travelers (who love great beer) to venture out from the larger cities in the U.K. to see the welcoming and beautiful country landscapes. Thornbridge usually hosts one open house and tour per month -- click here for details.
Text by Owen Ogletree / Photos by Owen Ogletree and Kerri Allen - Posted April, 2007
Thornbridge's head brewer, Stefano Cossi, goes to great lengths to produce cask and bottle conditioned ales with exceptional flavor and quality. Stefano got his brewing start in Italy, applied for the brewing position at Thornbridge when the brewery was being opened in 2004, and has been fascinated with making personable English ales ever since. He is looking forward to hand-crafting some new bottled beers later in 2007 and does all his pilot batches in his one bbl test brewhouse. Sage, ginger, orange peel and oak are ingredients that are being considered for future batches. Most of the Thornbridge brewers began their careers as food scientists and are very talented in using special ingredients to produce unique flavors.
New whiskey barrel-aged beers are now being produced in bottles -- these are only available at the brewery and its associated pubs. Thornbridge's Imperial Stout has been matured in several different types of barrels, and the differences in aromas and flavors have been amazing. After 300 days in the barrel each batch of Imperial Stout seems to take on an impressive and unique depth of character.
The range of Thornbridge beers in mid-2007...
Derbyshire Pubs in Close Proximity to the Thornbridge Brewery...