About Ramsbury Brewery
Ramsbury Brewery is the modern manifestation of an age-old tradition. The Wiltshire Directory of 1791-97 stated that "Ramsbury is noted for the excellent beer of which there is a great consumption in London". The reason why the area was able to produce excellent beer over 200 years ago is also why we are able to produce such excellent beer now – and why Ramsbury Brewery is different to many of its peers...
The ideal ingredients for a brilliant brewery
Ramsbury Brewery is part of Ramsbury Estates, a long-established farming business based just outside of the village of Ramsbury, and straddling Wiltshire’s beautiful Kennet Valley.
The estate covers over 10,000 acres of some of the most beautiful countryside in Southern England, and includes over 1,600 acres of woodland. The estate’s sheep flock is mainly confined to the higher and dryer grass downland, and creates an age-old scene that would not be out of place in a painting by Constable or Baxter-Morgan.
Much of the estate’s predominantly chalky downland is focused on grain production, and is farmed in the traditional manner (albeit with the help of modern technology and machinery). The estate’s crops are traceable from planting and growing, right through to harvesting and storage, which makes them sought after by the likes of discerning brewers and flour mills.
Malting barley – of which the estate grows approximately 2,000 tonnes per year, and includes sought after varieties such as Maris Otter and Chariot – is exported to brewers all over Europe.
Lower-grade barley, which contains higher nitrogen levels, is also grown and is used mainly for lager production on the continent. The estate also produces wheat and oats, often for bread, biscuits and breakfast cereals.
The estate’s chalky soil and underlying strata filters rainfall, which emerges from springs as some the region’s purest water and forms the River Kennet. Anglers come from around the world to visit the estate to fish for the Brown Trout and the occasional Grayling that can be found in the river’s crystal clear waters. The water meadows that border the river are rich in species of wetland plants, and are grazed by the estate’s Highland or Aberdeen Angus-cross cattle.
So, with the estate growing such excellent barley and having its own impressively pure source of water, it seemed natural to revive the area’s 200-year-old tradition of using these fine ingredients to produce exceptionally good real ale. And so, back in 2004, Ramsbury Brewery was born.
A brewery with a bright future
Since then, our range of real ales has grown both in breadth and in popularity, and the scale of production has increased accordingly.
We now deliver to pubs, stockists and retail customers within a 30-mile radius of the brewery, and deal with wholesalers who cater for customers farther afield. We also do brewery swaps with like-minded micro-breweries, which allows our real ales to be tried by even more customers.
What’s more, several of our ales are now available in bottles, and can be seen on the shelves of several major supermarkets and numerous small shops throughout the region (as well as in our own brewery shop and online shop).
Using barley and water from our own land has given our ales a unique taste and provenance, and has contributed greatly to Ramsbury Brewery’s success. In the grand scheme of things we're still a very small brewery, but we're pleased with how far we've come in a relatively short time – and we've plenty of exciting ideas for the years ahead.
With the continued support of the growing number of people who enjoy our real ales, Ramsbury Brewery – and our area’s long-standing reputation as a centre of brewing excellence – has a very bright looking future.