Brewers of cask, keg and bottle-conditioned beer. Here at Durham Brewery our philosophy is simple. Beer is special; beer is interesting and although we have been continually creating award winning beers since 1994, we never get tired of experimenting.
We are masters of our craft and this can be tasted in every mouthful. It’s not just beer; it’s our passion, our art and our constant challenge to keep on innovating and adapting to the ever-changing market. We keep all aspects of production in-house so that we can be sure the finished beer is of the highest standard.
Producing mouth-watering original Beers since 1994, Durham Brewery is one of the oldest and most established breweries in the North East of England.
Co-founder Steve Gibbs started brewing as a hobby at the age of 20 but over the next 20 years it became much more to him. His dream of starting his own brewery was realised in 1994 with the help of his wife Christine. Both were full time music teachers for the first year of trading. Having a natural talent and flair for all things hoppy, they laid down their musical instruments and invested all their time and money into making ground breaking beer. The brewery went from strength to strength, employing a brewer, drayman (Craig Warburton, who is still part of the team today and the smiling face of the Durham Brewery) and then Christine’s daughter Elly joined in 2003 to assist with sales and accounts. Steve’s unending quest for perfection speaks volumes and can be seen by our local, national and international awards.
Fast forward to 2020 and after over 25 years at the company Steve and Christine have handed over the reigns to Elly. We now employ seven staff who are all dedicated to the cause of bringing great beers to discerning drinkers. Elly has been preparing the brewery for its next phase despite it being a difficult year or so for the brewing industry. She has been formulating recipes alongside Steve for the last few years and is now taking on the role of head brewer. Diane Myers joined the team in February 2020 with a huge amount of experience in cask sales. Her expertise and customer service skills are unrivalled. Will Daniels joined the team back in 2016 as assistant brewer and has become an accomplished brewer in his own rights.
Most of our bottles are bottle-conditioned and we take great care over every step of production, bottling in-house. We have become known for our love of high alcohol beers using traditional methods from the UK and further afield. Temptation is perhaps our best known and most revered beer. It is a 10% Imperial Russian Stout, a style popular in the 19th Century in the courts of Catherine the Great and now seeing a resurgence in popularity. We have also began a barrel-aging programme. Using ex whisky, rum, bourbon and wine casks to mature our beers before bottling. At the other end of the beer spectrum we have our best selling pale ale Magus which is one of our original cask beers. Magus was one of the first of its kind in the United Kingdom using American hops over a pale malt base. It is now a gluten free option for those with an intolerance. Our Cask-conditioning is at its best by not tank-conditioning. We allow our lager, Helles (also GF), a full two months to mature naturally before kegging without filtration.
We are forever coming up with new ideas and techniques, plus planned improvements to the plant and you can expect to see more exciting beers emerging over the next few years. Elly is steering us towards new horizons with the expertise of her perfectly formed team behind her.
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Helles, our lager, was developed and became an instant hit. The kegging process had to be upgraded and now Helles and Magus are permanent keg beers alnong with the 5 litre mini kegs.