The Nethergate Brewery was born in 1986, in the small town of Clare, in Suffolk. Like many great ideas it was conceived in a pub between two friends, one a business man and the other a Micro Biologist.....the perfect team to set a brewery up.

The business was sold in 2010 when after 24 years Dick Burge thought it was time to spend a little more time with his wife.But four years later,Janet sent him back to the brewery where,like an old rock band,he bashes out the old classics and makes a few new tunes.

We have always brewed high quality distinctive beers and from the very beginning we set out to continue to brew consistently high qualitydistinctivebeers; and are very proud to have won 40+ significant regional, national and international awards so far including twice winning Champion Winter Beer of Britain with our famous dark Porter Old Growler, recognising the hard work, skill and dedication of our Brewery team. In 2012 we were very excited to be awarded the prestigious Good Pub Guide Brewery of the Year award.

We have a fantastic range of permanent beers complimented by an interesting and innovative seasonal range. We use ingredients such as Coriander, Lemon and Ginger in our beers to create what we think are some of the tastiest beers around.

When we're not brewing we are partial to sampling our beer, so we look forward to seeing you for a pint sometime!

  • 1986
    Established in Clare, Suffolk, by Dick Burge and Ian Hornsey brewing consistently high quality distinctive beers.
    1986-1996
    Won various awards for beers such as Old Growler, Umbel Ale and Umbel Magna.
  • 1996
    Nethergate Bitter voted the first ever CAMRA Champion Beer of East Anglia
    1996–2005
    Won many more awards including being the only brewery to date to have won Champion Winter Beer of Britain twice.
  • 2005
    Due to growing demand moved to larger premises in nearby Pentlow, Essex.
    2005-2010
    Introduce many new beers including Essex Border and Lemon Head.
  • 2010
    Co-founder Dick Burge retires (or thinks he did).
  • 2011
    Celebrating 25 years since the first Nethergate Brewery brew!
  • 2012
    Voted 'Brewery of the Year' by The Good Pub Guide.
  • 2013
    Awarded Supreme Champion Beer of Great Britain in the Specialty category for Umbel Magna.
  • 2014
    Dick Burge forms his old Rock Band to return the classics to Nethergate Brewery.