The Ram Brewery – decommissioning and recommissioning

March 7th, 2014

John Hatch has sent the following note

The video shows brewing at Youngs, its decommissioning and then the construction of his nano brewery




Dear All

As I had plenty of video footage of the last few years at the brewery, I thought I would make a Youtube compilation, I hope you enjoy it.

Ram Brewery Beam Engines

March 7th, 2014

John Hatch has just sent this note

I’m sure you will enjoy it


I have been asked a few times now to add some video of the Wentworth Beam Engines to YouTube so here it is…

An evening at Kissingate Brewery

March 5th, 2014
I have had the following message from Gary at Kissingate Brewery.
It looks like a great evening
We would like to invite you and any members of the Brewery History Society to .
David Muggleton (brewery historian and BHS member) will be here talking about our local area’s brewing past.
Of course there will be plenty of beer and banter. There will be plenty of food too.
Tickets for the evening are £15.00 per guest.  However we are happy to offer tickets for you and your guests at £12.50 each.
The evening starts at 6.00pm Saturday 15th March.
Hopefully you can make it down.
Details are here…

Kind regards,
Gary Lucas

Kissingate Brewery
Pole Barn
Church Lane Farm Estate
Lower Beeding
West Sussex RH13 6LU

Apologies for inactivity

February 11th, 2014

We found ourselves drowning in spam so a number of features of the blog were restricted to try and solve this problem

These have now been opened up again with a new spam defence in place – we wait with baited breath to see if this works!

Hopefully the Blog will become active once again, full of interesting news and comment.



Camerons History talk

October 15th, 2013

Spotted in the Hartlepool Mail –

Marie-Louise McKay, who helped to host us so well on our recent BHS visit to Camerons, is giving a talk on the history of the brewery. The talk will be held at the Central Library in York Road, Hartlepool, on Thursday, October 17, startig at 7.30.

For further details see-

Research opportunity

September 9th, 2013

Could this be for you?

The International Brewing Awards is looking for a brewing historian to carry out research into the competition, which dates back to at least 1886.

Archive film of Yorkshire’s brewing industry to be screened

September 5th, 2013

We have spotted the following press report-

Extracts from the summary are-

A SPECIAL film event will be held in York as part of this year’s Beer and Cider Festival.

City Screen Picturehouse and the Yorkshire Film Archive have teamed up to create the film show which is themed around beer, pubs and brewing in the region.

The YFA has compiled a 90-minute screening of archive footage which looks at the county’s brewing history, iconic watering holes and the characters that frequented them….

Graham said: “The screening is a great mix that celebrates the popular Yorkshire pastime of beer – whether it’s the brewing process at Hammond’s, Timothy Taylor’s or Samuel Smith’s, footage of the iconic Woolpack pub in the mid-1980s, New Year’s Eve celebrations in the ’thirties or a dreaded post-war beer shortage – there should be something to suit everyone’s taste.”

The screening will be held on Sunday, September 22, at City Screen, Coney Street, at 6.15pm.

Tickets can be booked from the City Screen Box Office, on 0871 902 5726, or at


‘Britain from Above’ images

September 1st, 2013

I have been looking at this site again and thought it may be worth another mention as they continue to add new images

A search for ‘brewery’ yeilds a large number of hits to explore – I’m sure it could see off many hours exploring




September 1st, 2013

Tony Dieble rang to say that the Truman micro is having a launch day on Sat 14th Sept (2013). This will be at the Eyrie pub, 2-3 Stow Road, Hackney Wick, London

The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire

September 1st, 2013

Forbes Gibb of the Scottish Brewing Archive Association tells me that –

Lomax Press is proud to announce the publication of:
The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire, by Forbes Gibb and Rob Close. 2013. 144p., illustrated. Soft cover. ISBN: 978-0-9560288-6-0

£10 (plus £2 postage and packing in the UK)

The brewers and breweries of Ayrshire, Buteshire and Renfrewshire is the fourth book in the Brewers and Breweries of Scotland series. In this book you will discover how the breweries in Catrine and Irvine were celebrated in poetry; how James Watt’s grandfather attempted to stop sailor’s wives pawning their household goods to buy ale; and how William Wallace was blown into a field by a boiler explosion.
Original research has generated information and illustrations about breweries across the counties, from Ayr to Stewarton, and from 1559 to the present day, with pictures and locations of former brewery buildings.
Enquiries to