Hand crafting our English ales
At Welbeck Abbey Brewery we pride ourselves on using only four ingredients
– barley, hops, yeast and water. All are carefully blended, so that all our ales can
rightfully carry the Welbeck stamp of ‘hand crafted’.
Finest Maris Otter malted barley is used for the full mash ale which gives the natural
sugar used for fermentation (we never add refined sugar during the brewing process).
We source a wide range of whole flower hops from all over the world to create the
aroma and taste. Our water comes from Welbeck’s very own natural spring; we call it
‘liquor’, as after falling on the Derbyshire hills and filtering through the rock the
water is perfectly clear and full of minerals, which contributes so much to the
character of each ale. The final ingredient, fresh yeast is our own unique strain and
helps generate a specific range of flavour notes during fermentation which no other
brewery matches. All in all, the carefully monitored and controlled process of
brewing takes around a week to complete, after which it’s casked and distributed to
regional pubs or transported by road for specialist bottling.
All of this takes place in a converted barn of the wonderful Welbeck Estate. We would
like to say a thank you to The East Midlands Development Agency under the Rural
Development Programme for England for its grant which helped provide the finance
needed to help convert the building into this purpose built unit. The Welbeck Estates
Company owns the majority of the business, with Head Brewer Claire Monk
also owning a share. The brewery aligns perfectly with the rest of Welbeck’s companies
and joint ventures, all being centred around food and the arts and has played a key
role in bringing them together at events held on the estate.
We hope Welbeck Abbey Brewery will grow to become one of the country’s most respected
and sought after breweries.