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Learn the History of Ale at Greene King Brewery

Posted on Thursday, 17th March, 2016

Ale is a big part of our town and can be traced back as far as the 11th century where it is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. This heritage and tradition is something that the Greene King Brewery are extremely proud of.


Greene King still practice the traditional craft of brewing, but over the years they have refined their skills and honed their techniques to make some of the finest cask ales in the country.


Some of Greene King’s most well-known brands include Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale.


If these are all brands that you love, then you will be pleased to hear that you can explore this historic brewery for yourself at the Green King Visitor Centre.


The Greene King Visitor Centre offers a museum, an art deco Brew House and a shop where you can choose from a vast array or brewing memorabilia, not to mention their full range of beers.




Whether it be learning about the rich history of the Greene King Brewery itself (situated in the town since 1700), 10 centuries of brewing in the town or how the town’s chalk wells have served brewers for centuries, the Greene King Brewery museum is sure to fascinate you.


Brew House Tour


Experience the fascinating traditional brewing methods for yourself with a tour around Greene King Brewery’s historic working brew house. It is a fantastic way to celebrate a birthday, retirement or stag do, or is just a good warm up for an evening out.


Not only will you learn about this historic art, but you can also take in a fantastic view of the town from the roof. And you can then round it all off by tasting a vast array of different Greene King cask beers at the Brewery Tap.


Whatever the occasion, a visit to the Greene King Brewery is a must when visiting our historic town.



To find out more and to book a tour, contact the Greene King Brewery Visitor Centre on 01284 714 297, email, or visit

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