Award winning Brewery


Bridport is lucky to have its very own award winning brewery, Palmers Brewery.

Palmers Brewery has been in continuous production for over 200 hundred years.

It was founded in 1794 by the Gundry family, famous for their rope and net making. They built the old brewery on the banks of the river Britt, where it still stands today.

In the late 19th century, two Palmers brothers – John Cleeves and Robert Henry – bought the brewery and gave it their names: JC & RH Palmer. Today, their great grandsons, John and Cleeves Palmer, work in the company.

Then, the Old Brewery was thatched. Today, parts are still. Outside, the building has changed little in 100 years. The water wheel, forged in 1879 at a Bridport foundry, still turns. The high stone archway, which dominates the front façade, was built for use by traditional horse-drawn Brewery Drays. They delivered Palmers ales until the 1950s, when small lorries took their place. These vehicles could negotiate the archway comfortably. But today’s larger lorries have just inches to spare!

So externally, the Old Brewery looks much the same as it has for 200 years. Inside, the 19th century screening machine is still in place, and used every day. The traditional methods and the brewing process remain. So does the focus on the finest ingredients to achieve distinctive flavours for fine ales.

However the brewery still moves with the times and although traditional methods are used they use sparkling new equipment and technologies to implement them producing award winning ales.

Next to the Brewery, Palmers wine shop has been built stocking a vast array of fine wines as well as Palmers ales, Golden Cap Whisky and  Palmers Memorabilia.

So when you are enjoying your caravan break in Dorset book a tour of Palmers Brewery and see for yourself how fine ale is brewed, and maybe even sample some local tipple!

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