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In 2019 Palmers Brewery celebrated 225 years continual operation at the Old Brewery in Bridport. The only remaining thatched brewery in the UK,  located to the south of the town by the weir which marks the confluence of the river Asker into the river Brit.


The brewery’s water wheel, forged in 1879 at a Bridport foundry, still turns alongside the main channel before the river twists and turns the last mile to its mouth at West Bay, gateway to the Jurassic Coast.


We have never felt the need to describe our cask ales as “craft” because they have never been anything else.

Each year thousands of visitors join us on a tour of the historic brewhouse. After meeting in Palmers Wine Store, tours begin in the brewery’s Malt Loft overlooking the river which historically powered the brewery.


Our expert guides take visitors through the production process of our five award winning ales from the raw ingredients entering the building on the third floor and working their way down through the brewery.


It is a process that in many ways has changed very little in the last two centuries. Where it has been updated it has always been in the pursuit of quality.

We live in a day and age where it is fashionable to claim to be passionate. If Palmers has a passion it is for quality, ensuring that every pint of beer reaches our customers in perfect condition. Investing in our storage, transport, cellars and most importantly in training the people who handle our ales from the brewery to our licensees and their teams.


Cask Marque, the leading organisation that monitors beer quality in UK pubs, recently described us as “obsessive”, a compliment we are happy to take.

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Joining a tour of Palmers Brewery is an increasingly rare opportunity to get close to the age old process of English brewing and to gain an insight into one of Britain’s oldest family run breweries and their pursuit of producing the finest cask conditioned real ale.

Tours run daily at 11am and 2pm, Monday to Friday all year round and last two hours, finishing in time to enjoy lunch in one of our fantastic local pubs. Places are limited so we advise that you book in advance.

Young adults over 12 are very welcome but they must be accompanied by an adult. For younger children please call to discuss, we request a maximum of 2 children per adult, to be supervised at all times. Any very young children in arms to be in a baby carrier.

The tour ends back in the Palmers Wine Store where you will be able to enjoy a few halves of the final product.

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