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The Butcombe Brewery

The Butcombe Brewery

Brewery Tours


We are delighted to invite you on a tour of Butcombe Brewery. Tours take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and involve an hour or so around the Brewery and a further hour or more at the bar in our beautiful on-site Brewery shop with all the Butcombe beer and Ashton Press Cider you can drink with 3 beers on draught and the cider on tap. All aspects of the Tour are Free of Charge. There are two ways to come and see us:

1. For large groups:
Call Sharon on 01934 863 963 or email to discuss available dates for a large group (minimum 25, maximum 40 people), whether through a pub, club, society or company. Normally, tour dates are booked up at least 3 months in advance.

2. For individuals or small groups:
Request places on one of our once-monthly Open Brewery Tours. These tours are for groups of anywhere between 1 and 15 people to form part of a total group of 40, made up of many smaller groups. You can also call 01934 863 963 and speak to Sharon or email for the next available dates.

About Butcombe Brewery

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The new purpose built Butcombe Brewery, just down the road in the village of Wrington, was completed on time, and we moved in lock, stock and barrel towards the end of February 2005.

18,000 sq. feet, capable of producing circa 50,000 barrels of beer per year, and encompassing a brewery shop. All new brewery kit, moving to a maximum brew length of 150 barrels !

"Same water, same people, same great beer."

Brewery tours are also available if booked in advance. Please contact us to find out more.

Butcombe Brewery Ltd. Cox's Green, Wrington, Bristol. BS40 5PA
Tel: 01934 863963

Opening Times:
Mon to Fri: 9am - 5pm, Sat: 9am - 12 noon, Sun: Closed
Bank Holiday Mondays: 9am - 12 noon

Did You Know?

  • 1. The new Butcombe Brewery built in 2005 remains the largest new build brewery in the U.K for the last 35 years.
  • 2. 2010 sees a doubling of warehousing capability, as well as increased yard and parking facilities.
  • 3. Butcombe Bitter is the fastest growing major brand in bottles as of the latest industry statistics. Bitter is now available nationally in Morrisons, Waitrose and Tesco (Summer 2013).
  • 4. Butcombe Bitter is the West Country's most popular bitter…currently pouring in over 1000 pubs and clubs within a 50 mile radius of Bristol.
  • 5. Butcombe Bitter was the Bronze Medal Winner at the 2013 Great British Beer Festival at Earls Court, London (the 5th time it has placed 2nd or 3rd as the Best Bitter in the country).
  • 6. Butcombe Brewery was established in 1978, the same year as the Bristol Balloon Fiesta…hence the Balloons at Sunset on Butcombe Gold.
  • 7. In 2011 Butcombe brewed Adam Henson's Rare Breed, which immediately began its meteoric rise and soon became the our 3rd permanent beer. We have brewed Rare Breed in collaboration with Cotswold farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson. The beer uses the finest West Country ingredients, including Maris Otter malting barley from Adam's farm to create a fabulously fruity bitter at 3.8‰ ABV. Read more in our Beers & Cider tab.
  • 8. After brewing only Bitter from 1978 until 1999 and the arrival of Gold, Butcombe Brewery has had great success with seasonal and new beers whilst the popularity of Bitter and Gold continues to grow. Blond, Brunel IPA and Mendip Spring arrived first, then Christmas Steps and Old Vic Porter, many of which remain extremely popular and still appear regularly on our seasonal calendar. 2011 saw the arrival of the zesty, refreshing Adam Henson’s Rare Breed, which forced our hand into brewing it year round due to sheer weight of demand. Skipping forward to 2013, our 3.6‰ Great Grey Owl, a 3.6‰ American Pale Ale packed full of a medley of 5 American hops, swooped down in June and flew out of the brewery at record levels throughout the Summer. This was followed immediately by Autumn’s Haka, our 4.5‰ New Zealand-hopped bitter, which eclipsed even the GGO in reception and sales. 2014’s calendar features three new beers: Brunel Atlantic IPA at 4.1‰, Yeti ‘Glacial Pale Ale’ at 4.0‰ and Crimson King, 4.3‰ big, red beer.

Virtual Brewery Tour

Butcombe is the first Brewery in the country to have Google Street View inside the Brewery! Start here and explore!

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Contact Butcombe

Cox's Green, Wrington, Bristol, BS40 5PA
Tel: 01934 863 963

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