Our history

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Canterbury Brewers is a traditional microbrewery based within the city walls of Canterbury. We produce a range of modern, fresh cask-conditioned ales using only the finest quality floor malted barley, hops and yeast available. With our distinctive recipes and our beautiful new brewery situated on Whitehorse lane we aim to add something different to the ever-growing and vibrant micro-brew scene in Kent. The Foundry, open June 2011, is in sight of the Cathedral and just off the high street and includes a restaurant, bar and a 4 barrel brewery

Brewing is done by Jon Mills and Tom Sharkey after a great deal of training, research and some great help from a number of local micro brewers, allowing them both loose on their brew days. The Brewery can be viewed from the bar and you can watch the beer being made while you enjoy either one of the ales brewed on site or one of our other local ales, lagers or ciders.

We provide one of the largest and most diverse ranges of beers and ciders on draught in Canterbury including a selection of beers from the multi-award winning Meantime Brewing Company. Through this we’re confident that we can satisfy most in not all beer lovers; from the most ostentatious connoisseur to those just in search of a pint.

Canterbury Brewers parent company Stoneset Inns was formed in 2004, when Gary Sedgwick and Jon Mills took on the City Arms in Butchery Lane after it had been badly damaged by fire. The company has also taken on the Beercart Arms in the city in 2010; the location was once part of Rigdens Brewery.

The Foundry, the site of Canterbury Brewers was part of the Drury & Biggleston’s Foundry from the early 1800’s to the late 1900’s they were an inventive bunch; supplying the south east railway and repairing the winding engine to the Crab and Winkle line. They constructed one of the very first torpedoes under the design of Admiral Harvey and their nineteenth century lamp posts can still be found in Canterbury and indeed all over the world. We take inspiration from William Henry Biggleston(the Foundry’s founder) and his company’s ingenuity, originality and entrepreneurial spirit as well as the stunning nineteenth century building they left us.

Canterbury Brewers debut brews are the Foundry man’s Gold- a golden ale with strong aromas of citrus and elderflower with a subtle, lingering bitterness, Foundry Torpedo- an amber ale with an explosive, crisp finish and Canterbury Brewers Wheat- A dry, well hopped wheat beer brewed with Cascade hops.