Established in 1991

Hambleton Brewery was born in 1991, when Nick Stafford decided to start a brewery at the bottom of his in-laws’ garden. Armed with nothing more than a pair of wellies, some old steel tanks and a rusty Peugeot 205, Nick built his brewery with blood, sweat and tears.

Why did he do this? Simply because he wanted to make great beer.

Today’s demand has meant we have moved out of the garden, and we also have some slightly shinier tanks, but Nick’s original ambition still stands. We love making great beer. That’s what we do best. And everything we do at Hambleton Brewery revolves around this fact.

So whether you are drinking one of our much loved cask, keg or bottled beers, or trying one of our monthly specials, you can be sure that you are drinking a beer of outstanding quality, brewed with real passion by people who just want one simple thing – to make great beer.

1991
Hambleton Brewery is born. Armed with a pair of wellies, some old steel tanks and a rusty Peugeot 205, Nick Stafford decides to start a brewery at the bottom of his in-laws’ garden.
1993
A ‘Nightmare’ day, results in a brew not going to plan. Packaged as a special called Nightmare Porter, the beer does surprisingly well.
1994
With the out building bursting at its seams, and his in-laws wanting their garden back, Nick decides to move the brewery into a large barn at the other end of the village.
1997
Nightmare Porter wins Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain award.
2005
After several years of research, Hambleton Brewery releases a gluten free beer called GFA. The first British brewed gluten free beer.
2007
With production still growing, and a new bottling machine on the cards, a second brewery move takes place to Melmerby, near Ripon.
2015
GFA wins Best Gluten Free Beer in Europe at the World Beer Awards.
Today
The brewery continues to thrive, with the simple goal of making beer of outstanding quality, brewed with real passion, by people who just want one thing – to make great beer.

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