Brewery News

Amber Valley

Amber Ales

30-May-2017: Supplied beers to the recent Barrowhill Rail Ale festival.

Up-coming events include Denby ‘Brass on the Grass’ (25/6), Ambergate Carnival (8/7), and Belper Food Fair (9/7).

The annual Amberfest will take place at the brewery from 21 to 23/7. A provisional beer list is on the brewery website.

A 3.8% Twilight Mild was brewed for mild month. Other new beers include Paradise Pilsener (keg), King Alfred EPA, Sunrise, and a new version of Hop Project Cascade. Chocolate Orange Stout at 5.5% is available on key keg.

Little Bush

30-May-2017: Limited production continuing with beers only being available at the Holly Bush itself. Expansion plans are still being considered.


13th-July-2017: Ryan and Joe at Pentrich are ecstatic to have received an order for the 1st time for their Soma beer from the Great British Beer Festival, great news indeed that 1 of our branch area breweries is being represented there.

Shottle Brewery

30-May-2017: Limited production having scaled down their production of ale, just concentrating on brewing what they need for the Bull Shed.

Hairy Brewers

30-May-2017: Brewery is based at the back of Venture Garage in Holbrook. This 6 Barrel Brewery plans to add a new beer to its core range, bringing its beer range to 7 ales. Due to be launched at the Angry Bee Takeover on the 15th July… Its been teased over social media, all we know is that its a 7.3% monster..



30-May-2017: Alan Shepherd, who has brewed since the commissioning of the brewery, has left to pursue other interests. He is replaced by Jon Archer. Alan will be available to give support if required.


30-May-2017: New craft range under the badge of the ‘Engine Shed Project’ about to be rolled out. Range to be available mainly in keg, with a limited availability in bottle and cask. Will be moving from hand bottled to contract bottled for the core range soon after. Will still be working on new beers under the original Brunswick Brewing Co brand.

Dancing Duck

30-May-2017: Bottling plant and brewery shop to be opened by the end of the year.

Derby Brewing

31-May-2017: The main thing for Derby Brewing has been the recently launched crowdfunding campaign. They are already now ‘overfunded’ at 106% with over £531k invested.

The funds will allow them to do the following: • Launching a new craft beer range, Crafted available in 330ml & 30L kegs into the booming craft beer market

• Opening a new Derby Brewing venue

• Development of existing venues, including the installation of a garden room at the Greyhound Smoke & Craft House, building an extension at the Queens Head to include further pub space and a function room to meet demand and an additional six bedrooms at the Kedleston Country House to meet demand.

• Increasing listings of range of packaged premium ales and craft range into leading supermarkets

• Exporting beers across the world

• To meet demand increasing capacity at the brewery and creation of a bar and shop to maximise their popular brewery tours.

They received a bronze award at the recent Rail ale festival for one of their new American Pale Ales, The Galaxy.


01-Jun-2017: Continuing to supply beer festivals around the country. New beer created: Eagle Porter a 4.5% sweet, dark porter. Seasonals planned: June – Summer Solstice – a pale 4% beer with a hint of ginger; September – Civitas their ever popular 4.8% IPA.


25-May-2017: Considering investing on a new mash tun (6 barrel ideally),

The latest theme for specials is ‘Urban Legends’ and will continue for this year. The following being the latest additions since the last report.

• Curse of the Omen 3.8% Mild (on the bar on my visit)

• Klingman Foundation

• Dream Stalker

The Falstaff hosted the Derby Branch Winter Ales festival, ‘Thank You’ social and Brewery Tour which was well received by all who attended. Jim finally gave in and did us a brewery tour something he’s always shied away from. So Thank You.

The Babington Arms, Derby remains the other regular outlet for Falstaff beers, taking beers exclusive to the Babington as well as at least one cask of all other specials.

Regulars now are: 3-Faze, Fistful of Hops, Phoenix, Smiling Assassin, Darkside and The Good the Bad and the Drunk.


30-May-2017: The brewery tied house, the Little Chester Ale House on Chester Green in Derby reopened in late January following a refit which sees the bar moved to the side wall. Nothing much new happening on the beer front with Darren mainly brewing within the core range due to high demand for the most-favoured ales: Ignite, Barley Pop and the stronger pair Shakedemus & Apocalypse. There are, however, hoping to brew a Ginger Beer for summer as a one-off at around 4.5% ABV.

John Thompson

29-May-2017: Still brewing JTSXXX now re-labeled as John Thompson Special. New brew for June to celebrate 40 years of brewing, named Firkin 40, style and strength not yet determined. Brewer is now Mike James of Landlocked Brewery, Alfreton, Derbyshire.


29-May-2017: The brewery has recently brewed the official beer for Derbyshire cricketer Wayne Madsen’s testimonial year with the first batch selling out in no time. It’s gone down really well and Wayne himself was recently seen pulling and enjoying a few at The Holly Bush in Makeney; not bad for a guy who doesn’t drink!

The Oatmeal Stout ‘The Panther’ continues to be a crowd pleaser, recently winning Silver in its category at the Barrow Hill Rail Ale festival. In response to demand, the brewery is planning a higher strength (5%+) pale ale in the summer, name tbd but hopefully will feature at the summer beer festival.

The press have reported the brewery’s involvement in a micropub at Park Farm in Allestree. Contrary to some reports, this is not a brewery tap or solely a brewery venture. Tim is one of three guys who are involved. He will source and supply a lot of the beer. Obviously Littleover beers will feature on one or two lines but the rest will be from breweries from all over the country. Subject to planning etc. they hope to be opening late summer/early autumn.

Middle Earth

01-Jun-2017: Middle Earth has recently sold their pub in Burton upon Trent and are now back to selling beer to the free trade. Beer has recently been supplied to Hawk&Buckle-Etwall, Angel-Belper, OakHorsley, Weighbridge- Burton and Cask&Pottle-Tutbury.

Honey Dragon and Rivendale are recent brews and Dark Lord may make an appearance over the festive period. No change to present brews

Neon Raptor

29-May-2017: Still using Black Hole brewery in Burton. Progress wise things have been going well and they have begun taking steps to opening their own place.


31-May-2017: Set-up by former Mr Grundy’s brewers, where their beers continue to be brewed. They have a pub, The Golden Eagle on Agard Street (which was known as the Graduate). They are keen to swap beers with other suitable breweries. They have added a new beer to their range a BITTER called Action Man at 3.9% The plan is to acquire a second pub and set up a brewery there but at the moment they are enjoying running the pub and brewing their beer