We now have 6 breweries in production located within the Plymouth CAMRA branch area, which are Dartmoor, Garage, Noss Beer Works, Plymouth Beer Company and Summerskills and Tavy Ales.
The oldest brewery in our area is Summerskills, which began brewing in a vineyard at Bigbury-On-Sea in 1983, and moved to itsí present site at Billacombe in 1985. They produce 5 regular real ales and a number of seasonal ales. Their ales are also available in bottle-conditioned form. The brewery re-launched itself in July 2013, after the head brewer, Norman, became sole owner on the retirement of previous owner, Carl Beeson, in 2012.
Dartmoor Brewery started as Princetown Brewery in 1994 and is the highest brewery in England at 1 400 feet above sea level. It moved to itsí present site in 2005 and changed to itsí present name in 2008. They produce 3 regular beers and occasional specials. Their beers are also available in bottle conditioned form. It was the first brewery to market its own brand of crisps, Jail Ale Crisps.
Garage Brewery was established in 2011 in an outbuilding of the London Inn, Plympton, using a self-built one barrel plant. They produce four regular beers and several seasonal ales for the London Inn and outlets in and around Plymouth.
Plymouth Beer Company set up in the old Points West Brewery at City College Plymouth, in 2011 as a community brewery. All profits go towards youth projects in and around the Stonehouse area of the city. Two beers are produced in both cask and bottle format.
Tavy Ales commenced brewing in Beliver in early 2012 with one ale. Best Bitter proved so popular that three more ales are now produced.
Noss Beer Works also started production in 2012, with 3 real ales. Their beers are named after navigation points around the River Yealm estuary.
Sutton Brewing began in the garage premises next door to the Thistle Park Tavern in Coxside in 1994, but relocated to Stokenham in 2003, when they changed their name to South Hams Brewery. They produce 4 regular beers and seasonal ales. Their beers are also available in bottle conditioned format.
Sadly, the Dartmoor Union brew plant was sold separately to the pub in 2011 and became the Union Brewery after relocating to first Plymouth, when it became clear the Plymouth premises were not sufficient, and then South Brent. Unfortunately, due to numerous unforeseen circumstances and major flooding, the brew plant was sold in 2012 without the Union Brewery becoming established.