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BREWERIES STILL USING WOODEN CASKS and/or COOPERS
The Worshipful Company of Coopers
13 Devonshire Square
London EC2M 4TH
Telephone +(44)0207 247 9577
E-mail: / Website
The Worshipful Company of Coopers is one of the oldest
in the City of London. In modern times it has evolved into the trustee of 6
principal charities, and a social and charitable enterprise that retains an
identity focused on the ancient craft of cask making.
We welcome members from many walks of life to enjoy a fellowship around our
shared values and an interest in the history, culture and charitable endeavours
that our company has pursued for the last 500 or so years.
The Chiltern Brewery
Nash Lee Road
Tel (01296) 613647
Fax (01296) 612419 Email /
In 2012 the brewery launched what they thought was a UK first. They commissioned England’s only Master Cooper, Alastair Simms, to craft firkins from puncheons that came from the Balgray bottling plant, Ayrshire (between 60 & 100 years old). The heads were made from new English oak & the two pins were made from new oak from Wadworth’s & Young’s of London. Their Winter seasonal favourite draught, 300’s Old Ale, was launched & sold exclusively from these casks. Darker seasonal beers are served from wooden casks behind the bar at The Farmers’ Bar, the brewery tap in Aylesbury. Copper Beech & 300’s Old Ale are being served from the wood. The brewery also have one wooden cask atop the bar, gravity poured & changed on a weekly basis. They only put their darker beers into the wooden casks.
They have an annual programme of whisky cask aged beers, matured through the year and released in November pre Christmas. The description which encompasses them all is: a limited edition annual release of hand bottled, bottle conditioned, strong dark beers matured for several months in oak whisky casks.
The type of beer will vary. There will usually be an "Imperial Stout" and a "Brodie's Prime Reserve" but they will change according to the type of cask they are matured in.
The Beer Hall, the brewery tap, adjoined to the brewery is the best place to enjoy their beers, and is open everyday from 12pm. There is also a speciality bottle shop, and they deliver to pubs throughout the North West not just The Lake District.
Ridgeside reported on Facebook that they had Stargazer in the wood at Foley's Tap House in February 2016. Information on the SPBW NE Facebook page is that they had Black Knight Porter at the Leeds Beer Festival in 2016. CRUX beer was served from a wooden cask at the York beer festival in September 2015.
Tarn Hows Brewery
For sales, beer and general enquiries contact Kelly or Alastair.
Telephone: +44 (0) 7935 789581 Email / Website / Twitter
Tarn Hows Brewery is a tiny brewery based near Ambleside, in the heart of the picturesque Lake District. Established in 2014, we have a true passion for good traditional beer which delivers big flavour. We aim to make ale and beers using traditional methods by using the finest ingredients and delivering some of our ales in wooden casks. Wooden casks have been used for a millenium by brewers as they enhance flavour, aid clarification without chemicals and are environmentally more sustainable than their metal counterparts. Proudly brewing with an English crafted two-barrel plant. It is wholly manufactured in the North of England and made of high quality stainless steel with all the features you would expect to find on any large-scale brewery.
Wooden casks enhance flavour, aid clarfication without chemicals and are environmentally more sustainable than their metal counterparts.
Tarn Hows had three beers in wood at the 2015 Liverpool Beer Festival: Puddled Duck(IPA) , Grized Ale (Old Ale Style) and Beertrix Porter (Dark Stuff). Puddled Duck was voted beer of the festival. The brewery regularly supplies the Red Lion in Hawkshead with beer in wooden casks.
Founded in 1912, World Cooperage is the leading cooperage in the world and has
grown to match the demand for the best quality oak wine barrels. We proudly
craft oak wine barrels with the same commitment to quality and service as our
founder T.W. Boswell established four generations ago. Our focus is always on
quality and innovation, and as proof of this World Cooperage’s parent company,
cooperages, and mills were awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification in 2007.
World Cooperage has a global presence with stave mills in the United
States and France, and sales offices and warehouses in North America, South
America, France, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. A century since the company’s founding, World Cooperage still embodies solid
values, tradition, vision, hard work, customer service, and quality.
We're a little brewer, and a little unusual. We mature our beer with oak, producing unique flavours and a range of beers that are finding friends around the world (touch wood). We do supply a small number of outlets with beer in the wood. We have 8 x 36 pint wooden casks (made by Theakstons) which we put out to the Clachnaharry Inn, Inverness, the Glenmoriston Arms Hotel, Invermoriston and (occasionally) to the Benleva Hotel, Drumnadrochit. As far as I know we are the only Scottish brewery to supply beer from the wood. Dispense is always by gravity.
We only produce one bottle-conditioned beer - a naturally cloudy wheat beer called "Misty Isle". We are pleased that it won the silver medal in the inaugural Champion Bottle-conditioned Beer of Scotland competition last month held at the Ayrshire Beer Festival.
Ossett Brewing Company Limited
Paul Spencer, Head Brewer
Low Mill Road
Telephone: 01924 261333 Email / Website / Twitter
Alistair Simms, Master Cooper, has supplied 4 wooden firkins to the Ossett Brewing Company. They were filled with 7.4% Russian Imperial Stout, Ratsputin, which is brewed at subsidiary Rat Brewery in Huddersfield.
One firkin will be kept for sale at the Rat and Ratchet where the Rat Brewery is located.
Ossett Brewery operates three microbreweries: Rat Brewery, Fernandes Brewery tap and Riverhead Brewery Tap. Fernandes Brewery Tap produced their Black Voodoo Chocolate Orange Stout 5.1% in the wood exclusively for the 2015 Wakefield Beer festival.
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
High Street Tadcaster
North Yorkshire LS24 9SB
Telephone: 01937 832225
FAX: 01937 834673
Email: / Website
Cooper: David Poutler
All their cask beer (Old Brewery Bitter) is put into oak barrels made by the in-house Cooper, who has recently (2016) taken on an apprentice to continue the tradition. They deliver by Shire horse locally to the Tadcaster brewery.Traquair House Brewery ferments its total production in unlined oak tuns - some of these dating back over 200years. I am unaware of any other breweries fermenting in oak as I believe Marstons who used to still brew a portion of their ales in oak have since stopped. Although we do not use wooden casks to store the ales the fermentation in wood (for approx 5 days) is key to the unique flavour of our ales.
Old Brewery Bitter is still reported as being served from wooden casks.
T & R Theakston Ltd
Telephone: 01765 680000
FAX: 01765 689414
Email: / Website
Cooper: Jonathon Manby
Theakston Brewery are the only brewery to employ a full time craft cooper, Jonathan Manby, who is the last apprenticed brewery craft cooper in the country. They sell their famous Old Peculier in wooden casks, and wanted to point out that they are very proud of this indeed.
Theakston's Old Peculier is available from the wood on a regular basis at the Craven Arms, Appletreewick. The pub collects a wooden cask each week from the brewery at Masham. Old Peculier has also been spotted at the Shoulder of Mutton in Briestfield, and the Darlington Snooker Club beer festival in 2016.
The Wild Beer Co in Somerset is producing interesting beers on wood. Some of their beers will be aged in oak to allow the soft vanilla and rich tannins to help mature the beer, others fermented with wild yeast strains to add layers of flavour and complexity to the beer.
Reported in CAMRA's Summer 2014 edition of Beer, in an article about sour beers and lambics: Wild Beer Co has more than 140 wooden barrels and uses brettanomyces for many of its beers, plus its farmhouse location is leading it towards spontaneous fermentation in the future.There was also an interesting full page article on so-called 'extreme beers' in the 3 February edition of Metro (a free paper in London). It confirms the commitment by the Wild Beer Company (wildbeerco.com) to using oak barrels to mature its beers. The article mentions red wine barrels from Burgundy, and bourbon barrels from the US.
ONE of the UK's only independent cooperages, the ancient trade of making traditional casks from wooden staves for beer, wine, cider and spirits, has been established in Yorkshire. The White Rose Cooperage at Thorp Arch Estate has been set up by master cooper Alastair Simms, who is one of only four brewery coopers in the UK and took his apprenticeship at Theakstons Brewery, Masham before 18 years at brewers Wadworth & Co in Devizes.
The Grainstore Brewery
Tel 01572 770065
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Occasional brews in wooden barrels (Phipps).
SJennings Bros. PLC.
CA13 9NE Telephone: 0845 1297185
FAX: 0845 1297186 Email / Website
Jennings are reported as regularly producing beers from the wood in recent times, one of which is Cocker Hoop at the Snooker Club in Darlington.
Purple Moose Brewery Ltd
Telephone: 01766 515571
Email: / Website
They had six wooden firkins made by T&R Theakston to use on a delivery wagon. They carried out a delivery by train from behind the brewery
to Spooner's Bar on the railway as a publicity stunt in October 2012, and now use their wooden casks quite regularly for their Dark Side of the Moose, specifically at Spooner's Bar on the Ffestiniog Railway. They have in mind to see if this outlet would be happy to permanently take Dark Side of the Moose in wooden casks
Siren Craft Brew
Unit 1 Weller Drive
Tel 0118 973 0929
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We take a carefully crafted American Hoppy Barley Wine and the age it in various barrels for the year, with the goal of bringing them together in a harmonious blend prior to bottling. This journey means that each individual barrel will impart different characteristics on the beer, sometimes from the quality and type of wood used, but more potent the liquid stored in it previously. Each vintage will use different mixes of barrels from both spirit and wine, however, the goal is to make the best blend possible, not use all of the beer, so some barrels may not make the cut at all or only be required as a very small percentage.
Siren Craft hold annual wood festivals to showcase their own bottle-conditioned beers and others.
Thank you for your enquiry. Traquair is certainly the pioneer of micro breweries and also pre dates CAMRA, having been set up in 1965 in the 18th century brewery at Traquair.
Traquair House Brewery ferments its total production in unlined oak tuns - some of these dating back over 200years. I am unaware of any other breweries fermenting in oak as I believe Marstons who used to still brew a portion of their ales in oak have since stopped. Although we do not use wooden casks to store the ales the fermentation in wood (for approx 5 days) is key to the unique flavour of our ales.
XT Brewery was established in 2011. They brew 9 ales ranging from XT 1 Blond to XT 9 Black Velvet, with typically about 5 beers available at any time. Russ, the owner has confirmed they produce beers in oak casks, which go to interested pubs and festivals. They recently had at least four beers from the wood at the Pig's Ear Beer festival. XT brewery has expanded its brewing capacity with the introduction of several new vessels: some built of modern Stainless Steel and some in very traditional oak. The brewery has purchased several large oak casks for the development of specialist barrel-aged beers. These casks have been crafted by the master cooper - Alistair Simms especially for the brewery. The new steel tanks give greater flexibility for the brewers to make more complex recipes and age the beers longer before shipping.