Top 10 Breweries in Lincolnshire

The brewing of ale is a tradition stretching back to medieval times but, despite its long history, the process is still going strong in Lincolnshire today. There are a number of local breweries established in Lincolnshire and we’ve put together a list of our top 10 favourite breweries.

If you are looking for things to do in Lincolnshire this summer, then get yourself down to one of these local breweries.

1) Batemans Brewery

Brewing since 1874, the Batemans Brewery has decades of experience and knowledge and this is poured into every glass of their beers. The brewery produces a wide range of ales, beers and stouts and not only sell their creations across Lincolnshire but in the US, Canada and Japan as well.

2) Lincolnshire Brewing Company

Originally Lincoln’s only brewery, Lincolnshire Brewing Co moved to Langworth in 2016, expanding to an 8 barrel system at The George,  Langworth.  The brewery is best known for it’s Cheeky Imp ale, the official ale of Lincoln City Football Club youth academy.  Brewery tours available all year round, though booking is essential.

3) Grafters Brewery

Brewed at the Half Moon Pub in Willingham-by-Stow by landlord Phil Troop, the Grafters Brewery is sold from both the public house pumps and via bottles that you can take home with you. Since 2007, Phil has been brewing his local ales and beers for his clientèle and now supplies his creations further afield in Doncaster and Worksop as well.

4) Newby Wyke Brewery

Based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, this brewery uses local Lincolnshire barley combined with either American or British hops to create their distinct ales. Named after a Hull steam trawler that sailed during the 19th century, the Newby Wyke brewery has a strong local flavour and a great community following.

5) Poacher’s Brewery

In 2001 the Poacher’s Brewery was opened on the former RAF Swinderby site by former RAF man George Battersbee. Since then, the brewery has moved to a new location in Hykeham and continues to produce local ales. As well as their regular creations, the Poacher’s Brewery also produces one-off ales and beers for special occasions such as competitions and festivals.

6) Oldershaw Brewery

This local Lincolnshire brewery has a great passion for the craft and have been brewing since 1996. Starting out small, the brewery now produces around 42,000 gallons of beer per year and has created more than 50 different beers. The Oldershaw brewery produces a wide range as well, from light, hoppy ales to more robust beers and stouts.

7) Riverside Brewery

One of the smaller Lincolnshire breweries but still producing beers and ales to write home about. The creations produced by the Riverside Brewery in Skegness can be found in a number of local public houses with popular choices including Major, Old Diabolical and Glory Hunter.

8) Axholme Brewing

By the side of Clearwater Lake in Crowle, North Lincolnshire, Axholme Brewing Company brew a wide variety of artisan beer styles from a 4 barrel brewplant. Along with a core range of four beers they produce a monthly seasonal guest ale, and bespoke beers. All beers are available in cask, keykeg, pin and bottles.

9) 8 Sail Brewery

Under the distinctive eight-sail windmill of Heckington, this local brewery has been brewing traditional beers since 2010. Due to 8 Sail brewery’s proximity to the windmill, they are also to make the most of locally produced grains in order to make their unique creations.

10) Tom Wood’s Beers

The Wood family has a long history as farmers in Lincolnshire stretching back more than 100 years. In recent times, the family has turned its attention to brewing beer and there’s no stopping them now! The first beers produced here included Best Bitter and Old Timber, and now the Tom Wood’s brewery creates both core and seasonal beers all year round.

Have we missed your local favourite brewery off this list? Let us know at hello@lincolnshire.org