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OLD CHIMNEYS is a craft brewery started in 1995 by Alan Thomson, a Master Brewer with 38 years experience. All our products are made from highest quality raw materials, most locally sourced.

In addition to our 14 regular beers, we brew occasional special ales and make a small quantity of cider.

Most of our beers are named after rare species found nearby.

Our brewery shop stocks all of our bottled products, which are all suitable for vegetarians, and we give a 10% discount per case of 12. Draught beer is available in 9 gallon firkins and 8, 17 or 34 pint polypins, and should be ordered in advance.

WINNER of numerous awards - including Overall Champion twice at both the Norwich Beer Festival and the
Cambridge Winter Festival.

AWARDED a rosette for consistent high quality in the Good Bottled Beer Guide, with star ratings given to five individual beers.

Featured in Rick Stein’s book the “GUIDE TO THE FOOD HEROES OF BRITAIN”

News and Links

In conjunction with EEBRIA.com, a mail order website exclusively for top quality alcohol producers, you can now buy a selection of our bottled beers online. CLICK HERE!


and to celebrate we have produced two new limited edition beers:

WHITE ADMIRAL is a wheat ale at 8.3%alc, brewed in 2013 and matured at low temperature.

RED ADMIRAL is an oak aged barley wine with added liqueur whisky. At 11.4%alc it is the

strongest  beer we have ever made. There are two batches, brewed in 2013 and 2015.

There are less than 800 bottles in total for sale from the brewery or Eebria (see online shop).

The Red Admiral will feature at several local CAMRA Beer Festivals in 2015, starting with

the East Anglian Festival in Bury St Edmunds in April.

For the sixth year running, GOOD KING HENRY SPECIAL RESERVE is the highest rated British Beer on www.ratebeer.com and the only UK Beer in the World’s top 50.

Our local newspaper, the Diss Express, ran an article about our brewery in 2013 - see www.dissexpress.co.uk

And for a customer’s view of what we are about, see “A Bloody Good Little Brewery” (19th Dec 2009) on www.thebeerbear.blogspot.com


Lesley Leacy, owner of our village pub, also celebrates 20 years at the helm this year.

Watch out for our special commemorative draught ale exclusive to The Mill.