Proud to be part of Nottingham’s great brewing heritage
Small batch, independent craft brewers
Brewers of lovely Beer!
Our story begins on a golf course! With three friends who had all taken early retirement, soon realised whiling away their hours on the green just wasn’t quite enough for them. Ken, Bob and Nick who were all keen home brewers and had already perfected their homebrew recipes, thought it was about time to scale it up and fill their days with their love of beer. In 2006 a premises was found on the edge of Nottingham city centre and Magpie Brewery was born. With the addition of Kens son Gavin in 2010, production has steadily increased, and in 2017 our modest 6 brewery barrel plant was upgraded, so we can now produce up to 20 barrels per brew.
Another Nick has now joined the brew team and showed so much talent we let him loose as our experimental brewer which has led to most of the new craft keg range recipes!
The heart and soul of our beer comes from our love of the craft and passion for using the finest British ingredients, no short cuts, no compromise .
It’s not easy being green!
Recycling our waste packaging is easy, reducing our carbon footprint is a bit more difficult.
We are environmentally conscious both as a business and personally, which is hard for a brewery with our significant environmental impacts being water and electricity usage and waste during production. To reduce our impact all of our power is supplied by Good Energy using 100% renewable electricity from the great British sunshine, wind and rain!
A bi product of brewing is waste water, used during production for cleaning and sterilising. To help reduce wastage, we harness the waste water from cleaning to re-use in jet washing our casks.
We haven’t quite managed to convert our delivery vans to run on waste veg oil, or switch to electric power but we do keep our deliveries local and control our routes to reduce our carbon footprint.
We send all our spent grain to local farm for animal feed and we compost our used hops, to help grow some of our very own organic British hops.