About us

About us

We’ve been brewing fine ales since 1794.

Producing fine ales since 1794.

Our ales win awards. Beer drinkers love them. They enjoy the distinctive taste and delicious character and the refreshing, thirst-quenching qualities of Palmers traditional ales. They love the fact that we’re among the UK’s very best small independent brewers. And that we’ve been brewing fine ales since 1794.

At the original Old Brewery in Bridport, West Dorset we continue to use traditional methods with the finest ingredients. Principles that have built our reputation over 230 years. Today, we skilfully combine this best brewing knowledge with scientific knowhow, to create a core range of five quality real ales and small batch seasonal brews for the 21st century.


The Old Brewery is a show piece of how modern and traditional methods can work hand in hand. Our ever-popular brewery tours operate all year round where you can experience the heritage on which we are founded, and the fine ales we are proud to call our own. Want to find out more about us? Book yourself and your friends onto one of our great brewery tours.

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The George Inn, Chideock

Then there’s our pubs. Some of the best-known and best-loved in the South West. Giving you a warm welcome in many of the prettiest locations. In country villages and on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Deep in Hardy Country. They’re the place to taste delicious food, relax with family and friends in great pub accommodation – and enjoy Palmers real ales!


It’s not just about the beer! With ciders from Dorset Orchards, Palmers Original soft drinks and our own Whisky and Gin, which are all available in our wonderful Wine Store located next door to the brewery. Along with over eight hundred wines to choose from, catering from everyday favourites from around the world, right through to fine Bordeaux and Vintage Ports from 1955.

A story of family, heritage, quality… and beer.

Palmers ales are brewed in one of Britain’s oldest and prettiest breweries and have been since 1794. The only thatched brewery in the UK, Palmers sits adjacent to the river Brit just a mile from Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. All our fine ales are brewed using water from our own naturally rising spring.

Our Head Brewer uses only the finest Maris Otter malt and carefully selected whole leaf hops to produce ales in a way they have been made for generations. Palmers historic brewhouse has a traditional Mash Tun, an open top Copper, along with top fermentation, this is the way ale should be brewed.

Palmers Hop Glyph

Our Brews

Copper Ale IPA Dorset Gold Palmers 200 Tally Ho! The Dorset Pale


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