The idea of a brewery in Barnard Castle was first discussed in 2016 following a conversation between George Gledhill (Director and instigator of the brewery) and Kevin Carr (Head Brewer).
George had recently acquired some brewing plant from a major brewer and was looking for a Master Brewer. Kevin, who had gained an intimate knowledge of the brewing process whilst owning a Home Brew business for several years, was the perfect fit. And so plans were laid to establish the brewery.
With the inclusion of respected local retailer Michael Coverdale into the team, plans grew on apace and a brewery was finally installed (with a certain amount of irony) in Quaker’s Yard in the Newgate area of the town. The first pint rolled off the production line in December 2017 and was quickly hailed as a success by the locals at the launch event in the local pub The Old Well Inn, who quickly requested a regular supply.
The brewery suffered a setback mid 2018 with some production problems (not helped by the extraordinary hot summer weather) but after some remediation work the production is now back on track with 4 ales in production. With the recent inclusion of former banker David Snaith into the management team in November 2018, its now full steam ahead into 2019 and beyond.
In addition, plans for the enhancement of the brewery premises in Quaker Yard to allow bottle sales to the public and eventually include a Brewery Tap/Tasting Room mean exciting times in prospect for the Barnard Castle Brewing Co.
Our brewery is located in the historic Quaker Yard situated to the rear of 24 Newgate (the road that runs between Bowes Museum and Barnard Castle town centre).
Quaker Yard has a long history of commercial use and records indicate that brewing first took place there as far back the 18th century. Since then the premises at the rear of Newgate has been home to such diverse businesses an Auction Room, a Tannery and a Laundry.
As well as our brewery Quaker Yard also currently houses Hidebound Ltd. who specialise in producing superb handmade leather drinking vessels (surely a match made in heaven if there ever was one!).
We have also recently been joined by Dig Ventures - a social business which aims to increase public participation in archaeological research.
So if you're a budding archaeologist, thirsty after a long day's digging and you'd like to quench your thirst on some fine English ale quaffed from your very own handmade tankard, then you know where to come!!