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OLD CHIMNEYS is a craft brewery started in 1995 by Alan Thomson, a Master Brewer with nearly 40 years experience. All our products are made from highest quality raw materials, most locally sourced and named after rare species found nearby.

Our best known beer, Good King Henry Special Reserve, has been the highest rated British beer on www.ratebeer.com for six consecutive years.

In addition, Old Chimneys recently became the highest rated English brewery on www.untappd.com

Our brewery shop stocks all of our bottled products, which are all suitable for vegetarians, and we give a 10% discount per case of 12. Draught beer is available in 9 gallon firkins and 8, 17 or 34 pint polypins, and should be ordered in advance.

WINNER of numerous awards - including Overall Champion twice at both the Norwich Beer Festival and the
Cambridge Winter Festival.

AWARDED a rosette for consistent high quality in the Good Bottled Beer Guide, with star ratings given to five individual beers.

Featured in Rick Stein’s book the “GUIDE TO THE FOOD HEROES OF BRITAIN”

News and Links

In conjunction with EEBRIA.com, a mail order website exclusively for top quality alcohol producers, you can now buy a selection of our bottled beers online. CLICK HERE!


With notable flavour characteristics:

SCARLET PIMPERNEL, 500ml bottles, 5.0% ABV, amber ale; walnut, sweet malted biscuit.

WALNUT, 500ml bottles, 6.0% ABV, brown ale; toffee apple, caramel and hop.

KING ALFRED’S CAKE, 330ml bottles, 8.2% ABV, Baltic porter; liquorice, fudge, fruit and bubblegum.

Our local newspaper, the Diss Express, ran an article about our brewery in 2013 - see www.dissexpress.co.uk

And for some customer’s views of what we are about, see “A Bloody Good Little Brewery” (19th Dec 2009) on www.thebeerbear.blogspot.com and Lets Campaign for Really Good Ale (30th April 2014)  www.camrgb.org