A chronological list of brewery openings, closures, changes of name and ownership in and around the Nottingham Branch area since 1980.


  • Whitbread create a pub from the converted Victorian offices of a former canal coal carrying company and install a four barrel brewery at the rear. The brewpub was named The Fellows, Morton & Clayton Brewhouse Company using the name of the former canal company. Beers were brewed from malt extract.


  • Home Brewery acquired by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd in July with 447 public houses. Brewing continues at Daybrook for a further eight years.



  • BT engineer and keen home brewer Phil Mallard, starts commercial production of his Mallard Brewery, situated at his home in Hartington Avenue, Carlton. The entire production of his first brew, Mallard Bitter, promptly sells out at Nottingham Beer Festival
  • Former Shipstones brewer Colin Brown establishes Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby using a collection of redundant equipment from other breweries.


  • Philip Darby and Niven Balfour establish Bramcote Brewery in the double garage at the rear of Philip’s brother Peter’s house in Bramcote. Their first beer was Hemlock Bitter, named after the nearby Hemlock Stone.
  • A 10-barrel brew plant was installed at the rear of the Fox and Crown in Basford, envisaged as the first of a chain of brew pubs although no others actually appeared, it operated under the name Fiddlers Ales.
  • Home Brewery is closed by Scottish and Newcastle


  • Within a year, due to the popularity of the beers, Bramcote Brewery needed to expand and formed a partnership with the Tynemill pub group which resulted in the brewery moving to the Meadows and relaunching as Castle Rock Brewery.
  • Geoff, former Head Electrical Technician at Home Brewery, and Pam Slack build their 2.5-barrel Caythorpe Brewery in small outbuildings behind the Black Horse in Caythorpe.
  • Red Shed Brewery starts in a shed in the brewer’s back garden in Kimberley, a 1-barrel plant is used.


  • Brewing ceases at Fiddlers Ales in March but recommences in September under the name Alcazar Brewery operated by Canadian Dave Allen.
  • Mansfield Brewery bought by Wolverhampton & Dudley breweries Ltd (later renamed Marstons).
  • Red Shed Brewery had ceased trading.



  • Philip Darby and Niven Balfour open Nottingham Brewery at the rear of the Plough in Radford. They had previously owned Bramcote Brewery and been a partner in Castle Rock until the Tynemill pub group took full control of that brewery.
  • Wolverhampton and Dudley close Mansfield Brewery


  • Karl Waring opens Full Mash Brewery on a tiny quarter barrel plant, partly in his kitchen and partly in his outhouse



  • Hardys & Hansons acquired by Greene King & Sons Ltd. and brewing ceases after 150 years.
  • Home-brewers Ken Morrison, Bob Douglas and Nick Sewter establish Magpie Brewery sheltered beneath the main stand of Notts County’s ground, utilising a 6-barrel plant.


  • Full Mash Brewery upgrades to a 5-barrel plant
  • Belvoir Brewery relocates to larger premises in Old Dalby, increasing the brewing plant to 20 barrels and incorporating The Alehouse Visitor Centre – Bar, Restaurant, & Shop.



  • Phil Mallard announces his retirement and sells the brewing kit and recipes of Mallard Brewery to publican Steve Hussey who relocates the operation to Maythorne near Newark (Newark CAMRA branch area).
  • Maggie and Andrew Dunkin establish Flipside Brewery on a 6- barrel plant, quickly upgraded to 12 barrel, at a unit on Colwick Industrial estate.
  • Reality Brewery commence brewing on a 2.5-barrel plant in Beeston, relocating nearby to Chilwell a year later.


  • Len Holland sadly dies, and his Holland Brewery closes.
  • Anthony Hughes establishes Lincoln Green Brewing in Hucknall.
  • Medieval Brewery commences brewing in a garage in Bestwood, relocating to farm buildings in Colston Bassett later the same year.
  • Navigation Brewery established at the rear of the Trent Navigation on Meadow Lane with a 20-barrel plant.
  • White Dog Brewery commences brewing on a 7-barrel plant at Moorgreen Industrial Park.


  • Robin Hood Brewery commences brewing in New Basford.
  • Nomad Brewery start production of bottled beers in a unit at Moorgreen Industrial Park but closed later the same year.
  • White Dog Brewery closes at the end of the year and plant sold to Totally Brewed.
  • The Wollaton Brewery Co started production of mostly bottled beers on a 1-barrel plant in Radford.


  • Black Iris Brewery relocates to Basford from the former Headless brewery at The Flowerpot in Derby, utilising newly installed plant.
  • Scribblers Ales commence brewing at their St. Apleford Brewery on a 5-barrel plant in Stapleford.
  • Totally Brewed commences production on a 7-barrel plant in Nottingham’s Wholesale Fruit And Flower Market


  • Medieval Brewery ceases production.
  • Beers first appear from Beeston Hop Brewery, a commercial home-based brewer in Beeston.
  • The Wollaton Brewery Co ceases production


  • Brewing ceases at Alcazar Brewery. The premises are taken over by Basin City brewing, however due to some technical issues the venture is short lived. Richard Neale then takes over the former Alcazar plant, renaming it the Little Star Brewery and starts brewing Shipstones Ales, which he had previously had contract brewed at Belvoir brewery. Richard also produces beers there under the Hollow Stone name.
  • The former Frontier brewery relocates from Derby to a newly installed brewery in Lenton in Autumn 2016, changing its name to Lenton Lane Brewery in the process.
  • The owner of the Abdication micropub in Daybrook adds a 15- gallon mini-brewery at the back of the pub, naming it Good Stuff Brewing. The kit was acquired from Canada, and all brewing processes take place within the same vessel.
  • The Angel Microbrewery is established on a 2.5 barrel plant in the historic Old Angel on Stoney street


  • Flipside Brewery close their brewery at Colwick and start to share the plant at Caythorpe Brewery to produce their beers.
  • Magpie Brewery expands from a six barrel to a 20-barrel plant.
  • Liquid Light Brewing Company starts production, based in Sneinton, although much of their output is produced on the plant at Magpie brewery.


  • Following the retirement of the owners, Caythorpe Brewery closes and the brewing kit is sold.
  • Flipside Brewery transfer production of their beers to Magpie Brewery.
  • Neon Raptor, initially a nomadic brewer brewing at various different breweries in the Derbyshire and Staffordshire area from 2016, start production on their own plant at their tap room in Sneinton Market.
  • Lazy Bay Brewery establish a small micro-brewery in Lady Bay


  • Beeston Hop Brewery relocates to Windmill Lane, Sneinton.
  • Fish Key Brewery commences production at the Woodlark in Lambley on a 4 barrel system, having relocated from Looe
  • Robin Hood Brewery ceases production.