In BeerPubs

Time spent exploring the Peak District & Derbyshire, soaking up the landscapes and villages, wouldn’t be quite complete without trying a locally brewed beer or two. Luckily, the Peak District & Derbyshire have loads of fantastic breweries, so here’s just a handful of locally produced real ales to add to your ‘must-try’ list:

1 Peak Ales – Bakewell

Brewed in a converted barn on the Chatsworth Estate, Peak Ales has to be one of the best-loved Peak District breweries. They can be found and tasted in many countryside pubs in the area; brews like their IPA, Chatsworth Gold and Bakewell Best Bitter being perfect for anyone wanting a true taste of Derbyshire and the Peak District  - if you could bottle the countryside, it would taste like this!

2 Howard Town Brewery, Glossop

This award winning microbrewery was founded in 2005 by a small team, owned by a husband and wife, but since then Howard Town Brewery made some of the best tasting brews around. Delicious and moreish beers such as Milltown, with its subtle coffee and toffee notes, the refreshing Monk’s Gold and the bittersweet Super Fortress,  all of these interesting recipes make trying one of these brews a treat for the taste buds!

3 Brampton Brewery- Chesterfield

Brampton Brewery serves rich ales with an even richer history. Reinvented and revitalised from what was once a powerhouse of beer making, Brampton Brewery once produced 30,000 gallons of beer a week but stopped producing in the 1950s. So, for almost half a century, the Brampton Brewery name slipped further and further into history, until 2007 when it was revivified!

Now you can grab one of Brampton Breweries delicious brews (Impy Dark, Best and Mild being our personal favourites) in many pubs in the Brampton area of Chesterfield, North Derbyshire. 

4 Ashover Brewery – Ashover

Established in 2007, Ashover Brewery was until recently, situated in an old stable block behind one of the area’s most quaint village pubs, The Old Poets’ Corner. With 8 core brews and a range of ‘special brews’, all ranging from dark stout to light, crisp Citra ales, Ashover Brewery has something for all tastes. You can find these beers in a few local pubs, but why not try them in the pub where it all starts, The Old Poets’ Corner in Ashover!

Original map from The Peak District National Park

5 Dancing Duck – Derby

Founded by a husband and wife team in 2010, this derby-based brewery has gone from strength to strength. From perfecting their brews in a converted room in their house to having Dancing Duck poured in numerous Derbyshire pubs, Dancing Duck has come a Derbyshire favourite. Some of their best-known and classic brews include the award-winning Dark Drake and Ay Up, but sampling any of their brews is always notable!

6 Bradfield Brewery – Bradfield

Since its first brew having been officially sipped in 2005, Bradfield has become another classic Peak District brewery. Farmers’ Blonde, Farmers’ Stout and Farmers’ Ale are all strong favourites, with a range of diverse tastes there’ll be something for every real ale lover.

7 Thornbridge – Near Bakewell

Thornbridge has to be the most famous of Derbyshire’s breweries, with their headliner beers, such as Jaipur, being exported internationally. BUT why not try their brews a stone’s throw from where they’re made, here in Derbyshire!

It’s also possible to book a tour of this brewery!

8 Buxton Brewery - Buxton 

Buxton Brewery’s beginnings can be traced back to 2009 where in a small, cold, garage, a micro-brew was created – nine years on, they’ve gone from strength to strength, and now make upwards of 30 distinct brews! A few highlights from their core range include Buxton Spa, Extra Stout and Axe Edge.

Remember to always drink responsibly - book a place to stay on your beer tour here!


Peak Ales & Peak Ales Visitor Centre
Peak Ales & Peak Ales Visitor Centre

Peak Ales was established in a converted barn on the Chatsworth Estate in 2005. Since then, the brewery has gone from strength to strength and has a strong customer following in and around the Peak District. Peak Ales brews four core beers ranging from a session ale to a 6% IPA. Other brews are available seasonally, and they'll also be experimenting with new beer styles in 2018. Peak Ales outgrew their beloved barn in 2014 and production moved to a purpose-built 20 barrel brewery in Ashford in the Water, around 4 miles from the original site. The barn has now been refurbished into the new Peak Ales Visitor Centre, open daily until 4pm and includes a micro-brewery, a tap room, and a brewery shop. The venue is also available to hire.

Thornbridge Brewery
Thornbridge Brewery

The first Thornbridge craft beers were produced in February 2005 at the brewery housed in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. The range of cask and bottled beers has gained considerable success, having won more than 100 awards.



  1. Matt
    Great article!
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    1. Peak District
      Thanks Matt!

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