For more than 200 years, we’ve been brewing quality cask ales at the Westgate Brewery in Bury St Edmunds.
WESTGATE BREWERY – THE HOME OF GREENE KING BEERS
It’s exciting to think that we’ve had a brewery on our site since 1799. But even more impressive is that brewing in the town can be traced back as far as the Domesday book in 1086.
We built a “new” brewhouse – Westgate Brewery – in 1938 and we’re still using the building to brew all of our beers today. It’s designed so that gravity transfers the ingredients from one floor to the next for each stage of the brewing process.
We’re really proud of our heritage, it’s taught us a lot. We’re also proud that we are as passionate about our beers today as our brewing ancestors were before us. We know it’s this innate passion in our people that means we brew quality beers day in, day out.
OUR TEAM OF BREWERS
It’s our team of expert brewers that are the people behind the craft. With the brewery running 24 hours a day, there is always a team of around 25 people making sure each part of the process runs exactly to plan.
Each of our brewers has responsibility for a part of the brewing process – from extracting the liquor and pumping it to the top of the Brewhouse through to mashing, fermentation, bottling, and everything in between.
It’s this team who plays a big role in ensuring our beer is of the best quality – not least through the rigorous tasting process that each batch goes through.
ST EDMUND INNOVATION BREWERY
In November 2013, we opened a microbrewery here in Bury St Edmunds.
In our St Edmund Innovation Brewery we brew a range of craft beers as well as create and experiment with new, innovative brews.
The microbrewery has a maximum capacity of up to 30 barrels and can create up to eight brews a week. As an entirely manual operation, it’s completely reliant on the brewer’s craftmanship!
TAKE A BREWERY TOUR AND VISIT THE GREENE KING BEER CAFÉ
Why not come and see the brewery for yourself, be a part of its history and taste the beers in their home town?
On our tour of Westgate Brewery you’ll have chance to see how real beer is brewed using natural ingredients and traditional brewing methods. You’ll also see the best view of Bury St Edmunds up on the roof of the brew house. And once you’re back down at ground level you can enjoy our different cask ales at the Greene King Beer Café.
The Greene King Beer Café is the perfect place to get to know our beers better. Pop in to discover your favourites as well as try our seasonal and local food or browse our shop. It’s also a great space to rent for parties and events. The Beer Café is open Monday to Saturday from 10am-6pm.