Elgood & Sons is a family-owned brewing company situated in the heart of ‘Fen’ country in Cambridgeshire, England.
Home to Elgood’s is the North Brink Brewery which was established in 1795, and was one of the first classic Georgian Breweries to be built outside London. In 1878 it came under the control of the Elgood family, and so it remains today, with the fifth generation of the Elgood family now coming through to run the business, maintain the traditions, and push the company boldly forward into the 21st Century.
The North Brink Brewery stands on the north bank of the River Nene, in the centre of the Cambridgeshire town of Wisbech. The classical Georgian facade presents a sense of history to the world, and over the years Elgood’s has remained loyal to traditional brewing methods, whilst making important technical advances to enable the brewing of a complete range of beers to cater for all of today’s tastes.
Elgood’s has long been a staunch supporter of the traditional British ‘tied house’ system, and currently operates an estate of 42 public houses all within a 60-mile radius of the Brewery, and embracing parts of neighbouring Lincolnshire and Norfolk in addition to its Cambridgeshire heartland.
The company has also established a booming ‘free-trade’ business throughout East Anglia, and beyond this, wholesalers transport Elgood’s beers nationally.
The Brewery was built in 1795 and the brewhouse is a classic English Ale brewery and Elgood’s proudly carry on the brewing of their own beers for local and wider distribution across the UK. The process is carried out using equipment dating from 1910 to the present day, as a program of refurbishment of the brewery has been sympathetically carried out over the last few years.
Visitors can see the 1910 Mash Tun, where the brews start their life, as hot brewing liquor is blended with the ground malt to make the mash, which produces the sweet wort full of malty flavour. The hops are added in the 1950 Copper (made from copper!) and are boiled into the wort to add the bitterness and aroma. The hops are separated in the newly renovated 50’s Hop Back, now lined in stainless steel, and the wort is then chilled on an enclosed palte heat exchanger en-route to the Fermenting Vessels.
Number of Pubs: 35
Please contact Robin Hotson (Tied trade estates Manager) at the brewery or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org for any details/updates.
Behind the North Brink Brewery, a classic 200 year old brewery situated on the banks of the River Nene, is a four acre garden incorporating specimen trees as old as the surrounding buildings, herbaceous borders, a lake, rockery, water features, exotic house and herb garden.
Beyond the walled gardens are lawns leading to a Maze, planted with Thuja and Laurel. The gateway to the gardens is a visitor centre, incorporatng a shop fully stocked with plants and other local produce plus Elgood’s memorabila, and a bar serving tea, coffee, hot & cold snacks and a range of Elgood’s prize-winning beers. A range of our bottled beers are also available for purchase to take away.
The Brewery Gardens
The Brewery Gardens are open to the public from 24th April to 27th September 2012.
Opening hours are 11.30am to 4.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.
PLEASE NOTE: The gardens and visitor centre are wheelchair friendly however dogs are not permitted (except guide dogs)
Brewery Tours - 24th April 2010 to 27th September 2012
Tours take place at 2.00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Prices include tasting (adults only) and access to the brewery gardens.
Adults £7.50, Children (age 6 – 16) £5.00.
Groups of 10 or more are welcome - please pre book.
(Children under 6 not permitted on Brewery Tour)
PLEASE NOTE: The brewery tour is not suitable for visitors with mobility problems due to the number of stairs.