Palmers Brewery

In 1794, Dorset rope and net makers – the Gundry family – built the Old Brewery on the banks of the River Brit in Bridport. Since then, there’s been non-stop brewing on this site. Generations of Palmers have kept the brews bubbling. In the late 19th century, two Palmers brothers – John Cleeves and Robert Henry – bought the brewery and gave it their names: JC & RH Palmer. Today, their great grandsons, John and Cleeves Palmer, work in the company. As Palmers Brewery, it remains among the best of small independent brewers.

Then, the Old Brewery was thatched. Today, parts are still. Outside, the building has changed little in 100 years. The water wheel, forged in 1879 at a Bridport foundry, still turns. The high stone archway, which dominates the front façade, was built for use by traditional horse-drawn Brewery Drays. They delivered Palmers ales until the 1950s, when small lorries took their place. These vehicles could negotiate the archway comfortably. But today’s larger lorries have just inches to spare!

So externally, the Old Brewery looks much the same as it has for 200 years. Inside, the 19th century screening machine is still in place, and used every day. The traditional methods and the brewing process remain. So does the focus on the finest ingredients to achieve distinctive flavours for fine ales. But we move with the times. Our Head Brewer is tasked with implementing significant investment and efficiencies in the brewhouse. We’re constantly blending those surviving values and traditions with 21st century science and systems. Where we use processes and ingredients that have stood the test of time, we do it because they are, quite simply, the best. But to them, we add sparkling new equipment, upgraded production and presentation, and the very latest technologies. We do all this to ensure that fine draught ale continues to be synonymous with the Palmers name.

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  • Wine
    Palmers have been ageing and blending Golden Cap Whisky at The Old Brewery in Bridport since the 1920s. Golden Cap is a generous 50-50 blend of North British Distillery Single Grain and Glen Grant Single Malt, married with our own spring water, before being bottled and labelled by hand. Delicious, light and fragrant, it beats many a blended whisky.
  • Wine
    Thirst quenching lemonade with a touch of sweetness pure sugar, no artificial sweetners here. Refreshing with a zesty, citrus tang, an all year round taste of summer. Serve chilled, on its own or with whatever you please.
  • Wine
    Palmers Ginger Beer is made the old-fashioned way with pure sugar and no artificial sweeteners, giving it a lovely, clean natural taste, taking you back to traditional caramels and lemon bon bons. It has a light fizz and a satisfying zing, making it the ideal non-alcoholic drink for all ages.
  • Wine

    Palmers IPA (4.2% ABV)

    12 x 500ml Bottles

    This ale has been the taste of Palmers for generations. A full-drinking, malty ale with a delicious hop character. A traditional IPA from the heart of West Dorset.

     

    Cylops information for Palmers Brewery Palmers IPA

  • Wine
    Dorset Gold (4.5% ABV)

    12 x 500ml Bottles

    Lightly hopped, golden premium ale. A refreshing, zesty and thirst-quenching beer, from the heart of Dorset's Jurassic Coast. Originally brewed as a summer ale and proved so popular it's now available all year round.
    Cylops information for Palmers Brewery Dorset Gold
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    Palmers 200 (5% ABV)

    12 x 500ml Bottles

    Full bodied, rich and malty, with a distinctive hop character. First brewed in 1994 to celebrate 200 years of brewing at Palmers. So popular that it is now our flagship premium ale.
    Cylops information for Palmers Brewery 200
  • Wine
    Palmers have been ageing and blending Golden Cap Whisky at The Old Brewery in Bridport since the 1920s. Golden Cap is a generous 50-50 blend of North British Distillery Single Grain and Glen Grant Single Malt, married with our own spring water, before being bottled and labelled by hand. Delicious, light and fragrant, it beats many a blended whisky.