Derby Brewing Company

Clear as a Bell


Bondholder Derby Brewing Company has been commissioned to produce a house beer for fellow Bondholder The Old Bell hotel, Derby’s oldest coaching inn.

The brew - a 4.3% easy drinking amber ale - has been named ‘Clear as a Bell’ and is on the bar now.

Derby Brewing Company Director, Paul Harris says, “Offering a house beer is a great way for venues to offer their customers something really personal without having to brew it themselves. We work with the venue to identify the flavour and style of the beer they want then our brewing and marketing teams produce something truly unique that will really stand out on the bar.”

'Clear as a Bell’ joins the extensive list of house beers brewed by Derby Brewing Company which also includes ‘NITBY’ for Kedleston Park Golf Club, ‘Red Cow Ale’ for the Red Cow in Allestree, ‘Nibilick Nobble’ for Breadsall Priory, ‘Quaffable Cosy’ for the Cosy Club Derby, ‘See You at Seven’ for Seven on Pride Park, ‘Five Lamps Ale’ for the Five Lamps Pub and many more.

Bell Hotels owner Paul Hurst said, “As a cask marque approved venue and with so many real ales on offer we are often asked if we are going to brew our own beer as The Old Bell did originally have its own brewery which was established in 1865. Parts of the brewery are still unused to the rear of the building however we decided it was best to let the experts brew something special for us.”

Real ale fans will get to meet the brewer 5pm-7pm Friday 19th October at The Old Bell for the official launch of the new beer.

Beast from the Yeast Donations

Bondholder Derby Brewing Company venues will be donating a portion of the profits from every pint of Beast from the Yeast sold to East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Head Brewer Andy is passionate about pushing the boundaries of brewing and experimenting with flavours and strengths, and this week he has been crafting the company’s strongest beer yet: a 6.2% beast of an IPA. Using Citra, Chinook and Simcoe hops this brew has low bitterness and high flavour. Citrus and tropical fruit bursts make it decidedly drinkable, and the ABV will knock your woolly socks off.

It’s still in the fermenters at the moment but soon will be launched in cask in all DBC venues – The Tap, The Greyhound, The Queen’s Head and The Kedleston – and also available to stockists across the country. The recent weather conditions have also had serious consequences, cutting off many rural communities and leaving travellers stranded. Emergency services have worked tirelessly in extreme environments to get help to those in need. As a gesture of thanks for their dedication all DBC owned venues will be donating a portion of the profits from every pint sold of Beast from the Yeast to East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Derby Brewing Company said: "We raise a glass to our emergency services, the real heroes of the ‘Beast from the East’."

Gin Festival at The Tap

Bondholder Derby Brewing Company is hosting a gin festival at The Tap from Friday 25th August to Sunday 27th August to celebrate the launch of its new drinks menu.

Speaking about the changes Managing Director Paul Harris commented: “Gin is huge right now and while The Tap has always offered a great choice of gins we decided it was time to go all out. There are so many weird and wonderful gins out there that people have never heard of, we wanted to showcase as many of those as we can at The Tap.

"We’ll be changing our gins on a monthly basis so there will always be a new gin to try and we’ll also be launching our own Gin Club soon.”

The Tap now hosts over 70 artisan gins on the menu, offering the widest choice in Derby.

Speaking of the event Bar Manager Ed Gibson commented: “We’re rather proud of our great selection of artisan gins, there is such a diverse and mind blowing array available I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed.

"My personal favourite is a new western gin Capreolus Garden Tiger Gin, The Whiskey Exchange’s spirit of the year. With an enticing aroma from the Seville blood orange, it’s certainly a must try for any gin lover. We’re also lucky to be supported from tonic supplier Fever Tree who will be having a stand at our Gin Festival and are on hand to recommend the best flavoured tonic to go with our amazing gins.”

Double Award Win for Kedleston Country House

Kedleston Country House, which is owned by Bondholder Derby Brewing Company, has been awarded two highly prestigious awards - a four gold star AA restaurant with rooms rating and one AA Rosette award.

The venue was praised for its style and relaxed atmosphere, with staff being described as attentive and providing outstanding levels of service. The Kedleston joins a select handful of other four gold star venues in Derby.

Commenting on the awards General Manager Sam Ascroft said: “To achieve our four gold star award restaurant with rooms accreditation along with our first AA rosette for the restaurant is a wonderful recognition of all the hard work put in by the team.

"Following the inspection we were especially praised for our outstanding levels of service, cleanliness and excellent quality of the impressive building.”

The restaurant also celebrated being awarded one AA rosette and was recognised for its culinary excellence with the Taste of The Kedleston menu developed by Head Chef Joe Wood. 

Managing Director Paul Harris commented: “We are thrilled to receive this level of recognition for everyone’s hard work at The Kedleston Country House. We have always been passionate about creating a special place. We look forward to a bright future under the leadership of Sam and the team. In fact we’re now entering into the next exciting chapter for the venue with the addition of seven further planned boutique bedrooms to increase our offering to both corporate customers and leisure guests as The Kedleston establishes itself as an award winning venue in Derbyshire.”

Derby Brewing Co Hits Target

Bondholder Derby Brewing Co has announced that its crowdfunding campaign has exceeded its initial £500,000 target, currently sitting at £557,740 with over 110% funded.

Speaking about the campaign, director Paul Harris commented: “It’s hugely exciting that we have successfully funded, we are delighted and humbled that we now have over 560 investors who share our excitement about our future plans for Derby Brewing. There’s been a huge amount of work gone into this campaign and we are delighted it has paid off. 

“We can’t wait to now get started turning our exciting plans into reality, growing Derby Brewing for our shareholders and to benefit Derby as a whole. As a family owned local business this growth will create considerable further employment, both directly and via our local supplier base, boosting the local economy and we certainly hope to make Derby proud by producing more great beers and venues in the years to come.”

New GM for Kedleston

Bondholder Derby Brewing Co. has appointed Samantha Ascroft as the new General Manager at The Kedleston Country House. 

Samantha is a highly experienced General Manager bringing over 10 years expertise to the role and has worked in a number of award winning establishments. She boasts an impressive CV with experience in a number of venues.

Paul Harris, Managing Director, said: “We are really excited to have Samantha join as our new General Manager; her extensive experience and boutique hotel knowledge is impressive but most importantly she brings strong and inspirational leadership and she will be a credit to The Kedleston.”

Samantha commented: “I’m really excited to start this new role. It’s a fantastic venue and I’m thrilled to be able to bring my experience to the venue and play a key role in The Kedleston fulfilling its potential as a destination to dine this summer."

Derby Brewing Co. are offering all subscribers to Marketing Derby’s eshot 50% off their all new Taste of The Kedleston menu when they dine on Thursday 1st June exclusively. Tables are available to book from 7pm, places are limited so we advise guests to book early to avoid disappointment.

To take advantage of this great offer, we just ask that you book in advance by calling us on 01332 477 222 or email quoting ‘Bondholder’.

Terms & conditions
Offer subject to availability, must be booked in advance quoting ‘Bondholder’, 50% off valid only when ordering from the Taste of The Kedleston menu, discount does not apply to drinks. Available on Thursday 1st June only.

Massive Success for Derby Brewing Co

Following the launch of a crowd funding campaign through Crowdcube to further develop the business, Bondholder Derby Brewing Co is pleased to announce that it has reached over 50% of its target amount, with less than two weeks still left to run on the campaign.

Paul Harris, Director, said: “To have reached over 50% of our £500,000 target at this stage of the campaign is great. The support from both our local customers and DBC fans as well new investors has been overwhelming. We couldn’t have got this far without such support.

"Following feedback, during the campaign we’ve not only increased our level of equity on offer but we have also added a new £500 investment reward level which includes a tutored beer tasting amongst its rewards.

“It’s certainly an exciting time for us and the business. As we get closer to our target, we’re also getting closer to realising our plans for development including launching our new range of craft beers, developing the existing venues and growing new ones, expanding capacity in our brewery as well as sharing the great beers with the world.

"Next week we are holding two crowd funding showcase events to give investors and potential investors the chance to meet the people behind the team at Derby Brewing Co and hear from us directly about our plans. For us it’s a great opportunity to explain our future plans in person as well as giving investors the chance to ask any questions they might have. As a thank you to those coming, there’ll also be samples of new Crafted range of beer to try.”

The first event will be held on Wednesday May 10th at Merchant House of Fleet Street, Bride Court, London from 5pm followed by the second event on Thursday May 11th at The Tap, Derwent, Street Derby from 5pm.

If you are interested in attending either event, please click here. 

Derby Brewing Company's Investment Opportunity

Bondholder Derby Brewing Company is set to release 10% of its business to crowdfunding investors so that it can embark on an expansion plan.

The campaign is being launched on Crowdcube so that the company, which already runs The Brewery Tap, Queen's Head, The Greyhound and The Kedleston Country House Hotel, can expand its activities.

To facilitate these exciting plans Derby Brewing will be releasing up to 10% of the business with shareholders able to purchase shares from £100. Shareholders will receive dividends and rewards depending on their level of investment.

Derby Brewing Company was set up in 2004 by our head brewer Trevor Harris who started his brewing career in 1991 when the brewery was built onto The Brunswick Inn in Derby, creating the first brew pub of the modern era.

Speaking of the development plans, Managing Director Paul Harris commented: “Our goal is to make 2017 a big year, launching our new crafted range, developing our venues, opening a new site, as well as sharing our great beers with the world.

"Going forward there are many options for continued growth across a number of markets. Over the years it has been quite a ride and we love the idea of as many people as possible being a part of what we are doing, being part of our exciting plans and of course enjoying a few beers along the way!”

Trevor Harris continued: “It’s incredible to see the continued evolution of the business. We love the idea of the people of Derby and further afield becoming part of our exciting plans, here’s to more great beers and venues for everyone to enjoy!”

The Crowdcube campaign is expected to go live on Monday 17th April - for further information and to pre-register click here.

Mr & Mrs Smith Pick Kedleston

The Kedleston Country House has been selected by boutique hotel booking service, Mr & Mrs Smith to partner with, joining an exclusive list of only 157 hotels across England, Derby’s first with only one other in Derbyshire.

Run by Bondholder Derby Brewing Company, The Kedleston Country House is a Grade II listed building, which recently celebrated its first anniversary. 

The 250-year-old property, between Allestree and Kedleston village, has undergone a £1.3 million refit and becomes the fourth pub to be opened by the family-run brewery in fewer than eight years.

Paul Harris, Director of Derby Brewing Company, said: ‘We have long wanted to work with Mr & Mrs Smith, a real standard for quality in the Boutique hotel sector, Mr & Mrs Smith as it has an excellent reputation for featuring unique, boutique hotels for those looking for a romantic break away, or something a little different. All their hotels are handpicked and go through an extensive screening process to feature on their website and are anonymously reviewed to ensure they are of the highest quality.

Hotels need to match a range of different criteria to be included and with our relaxed, welcoming and informal style, modern country house feel, combined with all the added extra like our bespoke complimentary Gin in the bedrooms at The Kedleston; we feel it is the perfect fit for us.’

Derby Brewing Drop it Like its Hop

Bondholder Derby Brewing Company has won the gold award for one of its new craft-style beers, ‘Drop It Like It’s Hop’ at the SIBA’s Midlands Independent Beer Awards.

We have always prided ourselves on offering exciting new beers for the city of Derby, taking inspiration from the fantastic world of beer, so to receive recognition for one of our new craft style beers is worth celebrating over a pint or two!
— Trevor Harris, Director

The beer ‘Drop It Like It’s Hop’, a 4.5% American Pale Ale, was entered into the category for Premium Bitters and Pale Ales, and beat out stiff competition. 

Paul Harris, Director of Derby Brewing Company, said: ‘’We’re really pleased that one of our new craft style beers have been recognised by SIBA and to win a Gold award was fantastic. There is a lot of strong competition from other breweries so win gold from all these entries is excellent. SIBA hold regional and national awards every year and they are a great opportunity for breweries to be recognised."

The Kedleston recruits Sat Bains chef

Bondholder Derby Brewing Company-owned The Kedleston Country House has announced its new head chef, Joseph Wood, who brings with him a wealth of experience, awards and accolades.

We certainly enjoyed the dishes [Joseph] cooked at his interview and we look forward to sampling his new menus and are sure our diners will be as impressed as we are.
— Paul Harris, Director of Derby Brewing Company

Joseph is highly experienced and brings over 18 years expertise to the role having worked in a number of award-winning establishments. He boasts an impressive CV with his previous experience including Restaurant Sat Bains, AA rosette and Michelin starred Fishers at Baslow Hall, 2 AA rosette East Lodge Horsley and most recently Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club.

Speaking on the appointment director Paul Harris commented: "We are really excited to have Joseph join as our new Head Chef; his extensive experience and culinary knowledge is impressive and he will be a credit to The Kedleston. We were really impressed by his experience and his exciting plans for The Kedleston. We certainly enjoyed the dishes he cooked at his interview and we look forward to sampling his new menus and are sure our diners will be as impressed as we are."

The Kedleston Country House which recently celebrated its first anniversary, combines a stunning Georgian building with a modern country house where you are assured of a warm welcome every time.

The Tap Named as East Midlands Pub & Bar of the Year

Following the finals of The National Pub & Bar Awards in London this week, Bondholder Derby Brewing Co's pub, The Tap, has been named as East Midlands Pub & Bar of the Year, one of 12 regional winners, having narrowly missed out on the award for National Pub of the Year.

Speaking after the awards Director Paris Harris commented “It’s a great honour to win the regional award for East Midlands Pub & Bar of the Year. We were up against 4 other pubs in the East Midlands category and competition was strong. The Tap, one of four Derby Brewing Co venues, the first venue we opened back in 2008 and since then it’s gone from strength to strength so it’s great to have this recognised."

Trevor Harris, Director, commented “It was a special night; to be awarded amongst the best in the country is a great moment. We will certainly be celebrating and hope the rest of Derby will join us, cheers!”

The Tap offers an extensive range of beers, with at least 5 of Derby Brewing Co ales and guest ales. Not to mention over 75 beers from around the world. You’ll also find a fantastic spirit selection, specialising in gin, rum & whisky, there is something for everyone including the legendary racks and tasting boards. 

Bar manager John Moore said about the awards "The award was a huge shock.  The team all work very hard so it's nice to be recognised especially on this scale. Our eyes are now set on being named as the National Winner in next year’s awards. ”

The Awards, organised by Pub & Bar Magazine, saw 94 County Winners entered into and invited to the grand final, which took place at London’s iconic BAFTA theatre on Tuesday 24 May 2016. On the evening, 12 regional winners and one overall National Pub & Bar of the Year were announced.

epm celebrates 20 years with a pint

To mark its 20 year anniversary, Bondholder epm:technology is celebrating with its very own beer!

Working with fellow Bondholder, and close neighbour, Derby Brewing Co, a new variety of beer has been brewed and will be unveiled at the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon on 17th July 2016. epm:technology is supporting the triathlon this year where the beer will be available to staff and VIP guests.

Mark Gould, Business Development at epm:technology, said: "I was looking for a way that we could say thank you to our staff for all their work, and also a way to congratulate Graham, our MD, on this landmark. With the amount of hard work that is done at our factory every week, the guys and girls there definitely deserve a pint!"

Derby in Top 5 for 2016

Derby City Council Tourism Team continue to promote the visitor experience in Derby to travel and tourism journalists. The team recently shared information with well-known flight comparison website Skyscanner with the result that Derby has been ranked fifth in its Best Cities to visit in 2016 feature thanks to the hard work done by the team at Visit Derby.

Highlighting Derby's food and pub scene, which it describes as having 'grown dramatically' as well as pointing out that the city is the Real Ale Capital of Britain, the feature lists Bondholders Cathedral Quarter Hotel and Derby Brewing Company-owned Kedleston Country House as ideal places to stay.

The city's rich heritage and culture, including it being the birthplace of the industrial revolution, also gets a mention.