The Old Forge’s foundations date back to 1833. Craft has always been at the heart of our site, whether the medium be hot iron or chilled beer – masters of trade have always graced our plot with quality, refined products.
Every beer tells a story. We like to think ours will engage you in a complex tale of tradition & heritage with tangible, contemporary notes thrown in for flavour. An anecdote from the dented pewter tankards of old to the sleek modern pint glass of today. Próst!
We like to think that our beers are far-reaching and indiscriminate, but we’ll never forget our roots. The flat-capped farmers, weary hikers, and general grafters of Cumbria – they make up the lifeblood of our humble brewery.
Everything starts with the hunt for quality ingredients – over the years our journey has taken us around the world. From all corners of the UK and to far-reaching, international pastures.
Once we’ve treated our water to suit the particular style of the beer – the mashing begins, both by hand and stand allowing the malt enzymes opportunity to convert starch to sugar.
After some integral rinsing and boiling we add delicious hops gradually to increase, bitterness, flavor and aroma – then it’s off to the fermentation vessels!
It’s now yeast’s time to shine – with her help the sugar is turned into the all-important alcohol content.
Once we’ve hit the right balance the beer is left to condition for 7 days in our casks.
And that’s it.
It’s now off to the pub, tap the cask, pour the perfect chilled pint, and indulge with friends, family, and maybe the odd stranger from time to time!
The first-ever Great Corby brew is made.
Corby Blonde is perfectly brewed and sent out to pubs in high demand.
A massive milestone is hit as the number 1000 is brewed.
The brewery is moved from the Forge into larger premises to allow for expansion.
The Great Corby bottle range is created.
The Brewery is re-named and launched as Great Corby Brewhouse.
Great Corby Brewhouse gets a full re-brand.
Our English Craft Brewery is located in the heart of Great Corby in what was the old village forge. The building itself is immersed in tradition as it was firstly used by craft ironworkers in 1833.
Our signature trademark between 2016 and 2019 depicted “Bob” – a hard-working ironsmith of yesteryear demonstrating his craftsmanship in the yard behind our famous sandstone arch. A yard used today for cask logistics and integral processes in our brewing.