Breweries in South Devon

Currently there are 15 breweries based within our branch area and basic details about them all are provided below. Additionally, although Dartmoor Brewery lies geographically within Plymouth CAMRA's area, its current Brewery Liaison Officer (BLO) is a South Devon CAMRA member and hence it's also included.

It's CAMRA's policy to have a BLO, usually a CAMRA member from the local or adjacent branch, responsible for each brewery who feeds news and information about that brewery to other branch members and CAMRA HQ. Such information is available in the  CAMRA Good Beer Guide  published annually in September.

Our BLO's are listed on our  Committee  page.

Barnaby's Brewhouse

The Old Stable, Hole Farm,
Staverton, TQ11 0LA
Tel: 01803 762730
Email: moc.esuohwerbsybanrab@ofni
Website: barnabysbrewhouse.com
Facebook: barnabybrewhouse
Twitter: barnabysbrew

Barnaby’s Brewhouse design delicate organic craft lagers designed to meet a range of tastes. Produced using the farm’s spring water, cold fermented, and conditioned over time, their lagers have a clean malt flavour.

Regular Beers:
Pilsner (ABV 4.8%) – Subtle malt flavour
Red Helles (ABV 4.8%) – Malty lager
Dark Dunkel (ABV 4.8%) – Smooth dark lager with a hint of chocolate

Barnaby's brews can usually be found at;
Riverford Organics Farm shops; Totnes Brewing Co.; Wildmoor Deli, Bovey Tracy: The Old Library, Ashburton and many other places.

Bays Brewery Ltd

Aspen Way, Paignton, TQ4 7QR
Tel: 01803 555004
Fax: 01803 554936
Email: ku.oc.yrewerbsyab@ofni
Facebook: Baysbrewery
Twitter: Baysbrewery

Bays Brewery began in March 2007 when Will Freeland, Mark Salmon and Peter Salmon joined forces and signed a lease on an old 5000 square foot steel fabrication unit in Paignton. The transformation began towards the end of March and by the middle of June, after some considerable construction and installation works, it was running its first brew through the 20 barrel brew plant. The first two brews, Best and Gold, were successfully launched into local pubs simultaneously in the first week in July. With Will Freeland’s experience as the head brewer at Skinners Brewery in Truro for ten years, Bays Brewery was quickly able to establish an efficient and consistent brewing regime. Bottles were launched in August 2007, the brewery shop was opened in October 2007 and the third ale, Bays Breaker, was made available in November 2007.   Since then, Devon Dumpling and Topsail have been added to the portfolio, and some of the original brews have become adapted into seasonal ales.

Regular Beers:
Bays Gold (ABV 4.3%) - A light golden ale with lemon citrus overtones
Bays Devon Dumpling (ABV 5.1%) – Strong golden beer, smooth with a balanced sweetness
Bays Topsail ( ABV 4%) – Well balanced, deep amber colour with a subtle sweetness.
Also a variety of summer and winter seasonal ales.

Bays beers can usually be found at;
Offshore Bare & Restaurant - Torquay Boat House - Paignton Cary Arms Hotel - Torquay Atlantic Inn - Porthleven, Cornwall Duke of York – Iddesleigh and many other places.

Black Tor Brewery Ltd

Unit 5 & 6, Gidleys Meadow,
Christow, EX6 7QB
Tel: 01647 252120
Email: moc.yrewerbrotkcalb@reeb
Website: blacktorbrewery.co.uk
Facebook:  blacktorbrewery
 Twitter: Blacktorbrewery

Black Tor Brewery is a family run 8 barrel brewery located in Dartmoor National Park and established in 2013 on the former site of Gidley’s Brewery. Traditional brewing methods and the finest ingredients are combined to handcraft unique and flavoursome ales.

Regular Beers:
Pride of Dartmoor (ABV 4.0%) - Refreshing, easy drinking and moreish amber ale, biscuit and caramel notes marry with a sweet floral finish.
Raven (ABV 4.2%) - Award winning chestnut brown ale, rich, smooth and malty brewed with a generous helping of English hops; full of flavour with caramel notes and summer-fruit aromas.
Devonshire Pale Ale  (ABV 4.5%) - Refreshing and easy drinking light golden ale with balanced bitterness and a hoppy aromatic punch, finishing with hints of citrus and grapefruit.

Seasonal Beers include:
Tor Ale (ABV 4.8%) - Deep golden brown in colour, this premium ale is very smooth and well-rounded with subtle bitterness, pleasant hop aroma and sweet malty finish.
Porter (ABV 4.4%) – Limited edition black porter. Light, smooth and crisp with rich deep flavours from a seven malt grist. Vegan friendly.

Black Tor ales can usually be found at;
Cove, Teignmouth; Twiggy’s, Torquay; Hound of the Baskervilles, Ashburton; Dolphin, Bovey Tracey; Teign House Inn, Christow; Bishop Lacy Inn, Chudleigh; Rock Inn, Haytorand many other places.

Bridgetown Brewery

Albert Inn, 32 Bridgetown Close,
Totnes, TQ9 5AD
Tel: 01803 863214
Email: ku.oc.oohay@sentotnnitrebla
Website: albertinntotnes.com/bridgetown-brewery

The Albert Inn changed hands in December 2007. The new owners built a 2.5 barrel brewery which started brewing in April 2008.  The ales are now wholly made by the current landlord who supplies his own bar.

Regular Beers:
AA (The Real Emergency Service) (ABV 3.8%) - A pale session beer Bridgetown Bitter (ABV 4.2%) - Mahogany coloured, rich malt and bitter hopped producing a traditional British bitter.

Shark Island Stout (ABV 4.5%) - A rich hop and malt aroma. Dry roasted hoppy stout with a deep finish of coffee, liquorice and hops.

Cheeky Blond (ABV 4.5%) - Straw coloured, heavily hopped with citrus notes.

Bridgetown Ales can usually be found at;
Albert Inn, Totnes

Dartmoor Brewery

Station Road, Princetown,
Devon, PL20 6QX
Tel: 01822 890789
Email: ku.oc.seirewerbnwotecnirp@ela
Website: dartmoorbrewery.co.uk
Facebook: dartmoorbrewery
Twitter: dartmoorbrewery

Dartmoor Brewery was established in 1994 as Princetown Brewery by former Hop Back and Gibbs Mew brewer Simon Loveless. Brewing was increased to 60 barrels a week in 1998, supplying four pubs owned by a sister company and about 20 local pubs direct. A further expansion occurred in 2005 when £1 million was invested in a new building and German-built plant behind the old premises. The new brew-length is 30 barrels with scope to produce 60 barrels a day.

The brewery was renamed Dartmoor Brewery in May 2008. In 2010 three new 14,000-litre fermenting vessels were added to further increase capacity to cope with ever-growing demand. It is claimed to be the highest brewery in England at 1400 feet above sea level.

Jail Ale is now available in bottles and is available in local off licenses, including  Tuckers Maltings. The brewery is a member of  SIBA. Brewery tours are not currently available for members of the public. 

Regular Beers:
Dartmoor IPA (OG 1039.5, ABV 4.0%) - An amber coloured ale with a smooth thirst-quenching taste and subtle hop aroma

Legend (ABV 4.4%) - A classic cask-conditioned beer: smooth, full-flavoured and balanced, with a crispy malt fruit finish. 

Jail Ale (OG 1047.5, ABV 4.8%) - A full bodied, deep golden brown beer with a well-rounded flavour and a sweet moreish aftertaste.

Dartmoor Best (ABV 3.7%) – Hand crafter amber ale with a dry hop citrus fruit character.

Dartmoor ales can usually be found at;

Devon Earth Brewery

7 Fernham Terrace, Torquay Road,
Paignton, Devon, TQ3 2AQ
Tel: 01803 525778
Mobile: 07927 397871
Email: ku.oc.yrewerbhtraenoved@ofni
Website: www.number7.co.uk

Devon Earth Brewery launched its first real ale "Devon Earth" in March 2008 from its 2.5 barrel plant.

Paignton brewer Amyas Holroyd actually brews his beer at a site on the banks of the River Dart on the edge of Dartmoor. The brew-house was rebuilt and part time brewing recommenced in 2013.

They only very occasionally brew and mainly supply local beer festivals and a few local pubs.

Regular Beers:
Devon Earth (ABV 4.2%) - This is a light, refreshing golden ale.

Grounded (ABV 4.7%) - A light to medium bitter made with local malts and using Northdown and Challenger hops. Bitter with a malt finish .

Lost in the Woods (ABV 5.2%) - A dark porter weighing in at 5.2% ABV, winner of the Double Locks Best Beer in Devon.

They mainly brew just for beer festivals and so don't regularly supply any pubs...

Hunters Brewery

Bulleigh Barton Farm, Ipplepen Road,
Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, TQ12 5UA 
Tel: 01803 873509
Email: moc.yrewerbsretnuh@ofni
Website: huntersbrewery.com
Facebook: huntersbrewery
Twitter: huntersbrewery

Hunters Brewery is a family run brewery that opened in September 2008 and uses a 5 barrel plant.

Regular Beers:
Crack Shot (ABV 3.8%) – A light gold ale with citrus, grapefruit and grassy notes.

Half Bore (ABV 4.0%) – An amber bitter made with Devon honey to produce a smooth, sweet malty taste.

Pheasant Plucker (ABV 4.3%) - An amber/red bitter with a rich fruity taste and the aroma of spicy hops, molasses and cocoa.

Full Bore (ABV 8.0%) – An amber strong ale with a bittersweet hop finish.

Hunter's ales can usually be found at;

New Lion Brewery

Station Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JR

Tel: 01803 226227
Mobile: 07514 271145
Email: ku.oc.yrewerbnoilwen@ofni
Website: www.newlionbrewery.co.uk
Facebook:   Newlionbrewery
Twitter: Newlionbrewery

In 1926, The Lion Brewery in the heart of Totnes ceased trading. At its peak, the successful brewery owned 26 pubs and employed many local people, with a famous stout beer in its portfolio. In 2013 a group of 3 local people established the New Lion Brewery which has quickly gained a great reputation for craft award winning beers.

The brewery’s business model focuses on 3 pillars – community, innovation and profitability. The community will help shape the company and, down the road, will have the opportunity to invest in it. The business will sit as one of many ‘Transition in Action’ businesses in the town. It will create employment, attract new visitors, generate revenue for other projects and potentially provide a return to local investors.

They are passionate about collaborative partnerships, making seasonal beers with a local chilli farm, a mushroom farm and an oat grower.

Regular Beers:
Mane Event (ABV 3.8%) - The complex 7-malt grist imparts a warm golden brown colour, this beer utilises U.S. hops to create a balanced and highly drinkable modern session bitter.  

Pandit IPA (ABV 4.9%) - An aroma of citrusy and floral U.S. hop varieties is complemented on the palate by a well-defined, biscuity malt character.

Totnes Stout (ABV 3.8%) - Silky and smooth due to the addition of oats, this un-fined stout offers a great mouthfeel coupled with deep roasted and coffee notes.

New Lion ales can usually be found at;
Bay Horse, Totnes;  Rumour, Totnes; Durrant Arms, Ashprington;  The Cherub,Dartmouth; Teign Cellars, Newton Abbot; Tally Ho, Littlehempston.

Platform 5 Brewing Co.

197 Queen Street,
Newton Abbot, TQ12 2BS
Tel: 01626 437140
Facebook: Platform5brewing

Platform 5 began brewing in March 2013 at the Railway Inn, Newton Abbot using a 6 barrel plant. The brewery is situated in part of an enclosed alley under the disused Platform 5 of Newton Abbot station, with the other part housed in the pub's skittle alley.

Regular Beers:
The Coaster (ABV 4.0%) - A light and refreshing ale
The Antelope (ABV 4.3%) - A hoppy pale ale 
The Whistle Blower (ABV 4.6%) - English hopped premium ale
Western Gold (ABV 4.8%) - A citrus hopped golden ale
IPA (5.7%) - brewed with heaps of British and American hops

Platform 5 ales can usually be found at;
Railway Inn, Newton Abbot;  Molloys, Teignmmouth;   Molloys, St Marychurch

Red Rock Brewery

Higher Humber Farm, Bishopsteignton,
Devon, TQ14 9TD
Tel: 07894 035094
Email: ku.oc.yrewerbkcorder@nhoj
Website: redrockbrewery.co.uk
The brewery was started in 2006 by two teachers who shared an overwhelming interest in beer. Luckily one of them had a lifelong fascination with home brewing and, more importantly, a son who has had lots of brewing experience! He also had a friend, Geoff, who is a farmer with spaces in barns. 

Regular Beers:
Lighthouse (ABV 3.9%) – An award winning IPA. Easy going, refreshing light golden ale
Back Beach (ABV 3.8%) - A golden bitter which uses Westminter pale malt balanced with Goldings hops for a crisp, clean taste and dry finish
Red Rock (ABV 4.2%) - Pale malt, a hint of crystal malt and a blend of Cluster Styrian and Goldings hops produce a well balanced bitter
Drift Wood (ABV 4.3%) - Amber a pale malts combine with Cascade, Goldings and Eureka hops to produce a wonderful dry, nutty beer with aromatic hop overtones
Rushy Mede (ABV 4.4%) - A new organic pale ale named after the spring from which Red Rock draw their water
Dark Ness (ABV 4.5%) - Malt and barley conbine with a blend of hops to produce a mouth filling smooth, award winning dark beer
Break Water (ABV 4.6%) - A blend of three malts and three varieties of hops give a mouth filling flavour of roasted malt balanced with a heavy hop finish
Christmas Cheer (ABV 5.2%) - An aroma of Christmas pudding but tastes like a good strong ale without any overpowering flavours

Red Rock ales can usually be found at;
The Blue Anchor, Teignmouth; The Lansdowne, Dawlish; The Wild Goose, Combeinteignhead; The Castle, Holcombe; Decks Wine Bar, Teignmouth; Cockhaven Manor Hotel, Bishopsteignton; The Swan Inn, Dawlish and many other places.

Riviera Brewing Co

4 Yonder Meadow, Stoke Gabriel,
Totnes, TQ9 6QE
Tel: 07857 850110
Email: ku.oc.gniwerbareivir@sela
Facebook: Riviera-Brewing-950297744984926/

Riviera Brewing started commercial operations in April 2015 from a small 1 Barrel (300 pint) plant in Paignton.

Head Brewer Alan works for an Engineering Company and brews part time producing traditional ales Hops used range from the traditional Challenger, Fuggle and Golding but the RBC Ales also feature the use of Cascade, Bramling Cross and Chinook Hops.

The Ale is mainly sold directly the public in small cask, Bag in Box and bottle. 9 Gallon Firkin and 4.5 Gallon Pins are also available on an occasional basis in local pubs and festivals listed below. Christmas Ales are expected to be brewed including a strong Dark Winter Warmer and a light Pale Ale.

Regular Beers: Torbay Express 4.8% - A first class premium ale with a spicy bitterness and light citrus aroma Riviera Gold 4.2% - A deep golden Pale Ale citrus fruit flavours and a lingering hoppiness RBC Best 3.8% - Lightly hopped session ale with a caramel and nutty taste and a fruity finish Devonian 4.1% - Amber coloured and easy drinking with a floral citrus finish.

Other ales brewed occasionally include: Christmas Gold (ABV 4%) – A pale hoppy ale. Porter Head (ABV4.3%) – Dark ruby ale with a full malty flavour and a hoppy finish

Riviera Brewing ales can usually be found at;
Tally Ho, Littlehempston;  Tuckers Maltings Bottle Shop and Tap House, Newton Abbot; Devonport Arms, Paignton; Oaktree Restaurant, Paignton And the following Beer festivals: Summer Moon, Ipple Tipple, Abbfest and Dartmouth Steam Railway & Kingswear, South Devon Railway Rails and Ales Festivals; 

Salcombe Brewery Company

Estuary View, Ledstone,
Kingsbridge, TQ7 4BL
Tel: 01548 854888
Email: moc.yrewerbebmoclas@ofni
Website: salcombebrewery.com
Facebook: Salcombebrewery
Twitter: Salcombebrewery

The Salcombe Brewery started trading on 1 May 2016, brewing and distributing several cask bottled ales.

Regular Beers: Devon Amber 3.8% - Classic best bitter. Delightfully dry and hoppy

Lifesaver 4.8% - A refreshing deep copper coloured ale with a smack of citrus and orange peel and lusious malty flabour. Dry citrus finish with a hint of liquorice

Salcombe Gold 4.2% - Straw coloured refreshing ale made with North American hops giving a wonderful hop aroma and lasting hoppy taste (cask only)

Sea Horse 4.4% - Smooth drinking deep gold coloured ale with a spicy hop character

Shingle Bay 4.2% - Light easy drinking session ale with fruit aroma and taste. A crisp revitalising finish.

Salcombe's ales can usually be found at;

South Hams Brewery Co Ltd.

Stokeley Barton Barns, Stokenham,
Kingsbridge, TQ7 2SE
Tel: 01548 581151
Email: ku.oc.yrewerbsmahhtuos@ofni
Website: southhamsbrewery.co.uk
Facebook:  southhamsbrewery
Twitter: southhamsbrew

The South Hams Brewery, formerly Sutton Brewing, moved to its present site in 2003, with a 10-barrel plant and plenty of room to expand. It supplies more than 60 outlets in Plymouth and South Devon. Wholesalers are used to distribute to other areas. Two pubs are owned by the brewery. The brewery is a member of  SIBA. Brewery tours are available by arrangement.

Regular Beers:

Devon Pride (OG 1039, ABV 3.8%) - A dark amber colour beer, with a fruity aroma. Rich in flavour, this beer defies its A.B.V. with a surprising amount of body. Smooth to drink, with a malty palate and hints of fruit leading to further fruit in the finish

Eddystone (OG 1050, ABV 4.8%) - This golden IPA has a distinctly fruity aroma and a very fruity palette. Slight hints of malt follow afterwards, but then the fruit returns! A not so bitter beer that uses Cascade hops in abundance to deliver its character

Pandemonium (OG 1050, ABV 5%)

Stumble Bee (4.2%) – A hoppy beer with a touch of local honey

Seasonal Beers:
Wild Blonde (ABV 4.4%) (spring and summer) - A golden coloured beer that is seriously refreshing. The light beer is overflowing with fruit in the palette; Styrian and Goldings hops are unmistakable in its distinctive fruity aroma

Hopnosis (ABV 4.5%) (spring and summer)

Porter (ABV 5.0%) (autumn and winter)

Devon Porter (ABV 5%)

South Hams ales can usually be found at;
Tradesmans Arms, Stokenham;  Pigs Nose, East Prawle ; Queens Arms, Slapton;  Tower Inn, Slapton

Teignworthy Brewery

The Maltings, Teign Road,
Newton Abbot, TQ12 4AA
Tel: 01626 332066
Email: ku.oc.evreseerf.yhtrowngiet@nhoj

Teignworthy brewery was established in 1994 by John and Rachel Lawton and is located in part of the historic  Tuckers Maltings. There are regular tours of the maltings from Easter to the end of October, which includes the brewery and a sample of beer (tel: 01626 334734 or www.tuckersmaltings.com  for details).

The brewery is a 15-barrel plant and produces an average of 30-35 barrels a week using malt from Tuckers. Production has increased due to Progressive Beer Duty, which levies lower rates of duty on smaller brewers. It supplies 75 outlets in Devon and Somerset, and some beers from the range are bottled on site and are available from the Tuckers Maltings shop (also by mail order). The brewery is a member of  SIBA.

Regular Beers:

Reel Ale (OG 1039.5, ABV 4.0%) - Clean sharp tasting bitter with long lasting hoppiness from a blend of English hops
Spring Tide (OG 1043.5, ABV 4.3%) - A copper-coloured ale with sweet overtones, smooth & well-balanced
Old Moggie (OG 1044.5, ABV 4.4%) - A clear mahogany ale with a good hoppy, citrus taste
Neap Tide (3.8%) – A tasty, fruity bitter
Beachcomber (OG 1045.5, ABV 4.5%) - Light in colour with a refreshing citrus taste & a dry finish

Gun Dog (4.3%) – Light in colour with a floral fruity aromatic finish
Seasonal Beers & Specials:
Harvey's Special Brew (ABV 4%)
Amy's Ale (ABV 4.8%)
Martha's Mild (ABV 5.3%) (available in April and October) - A classic mild
Harvesters Ale (ABV 5.5%) (available in September) - A full-flavoured, malty amber ale, made with superior Maris Otter malt
Christmas Cracker (ABV 6.0%) (available in December)

Bottled Beers:
Most of their beers are available in bottle-conditioned form

Teignworthy ales can usually be found at;

White Hart, Buckfastleigh; Palk Arms, Hennock: Wolborough Inn, Newton Abbot; Clifford Arms, Shaldo
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Totem Brewery

11 Cleaveland Rise, Ogwell, TQ12 6FF
Tel: 01626 330358
Email: moc.liamg@gniwerbmetot
Facebook: totem brewery
Twitter: totembrewery

Totem Brewery opened in 2014 and is a 'nano' craft brewery based in Ogwell, South Devon. At present brewing has ceased due to the brewer’s other commitments.

Regular Beers:
Tropical Storm American Pale Ale (ABV 4.5%) Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale 

There are no current outlets.

Totnes Brewing Company


59a Castle St, Totnes, TQ9 5PB
Facebook: totnesbrewingcompany
Twitter: Totnesbrew

Founded in 2014, after combining the Castle Inn & The Barrel House, The Totnes Brewing Co. was born. The brewery is situated at the rear of a bistro/bar in Totnes. It has a portfolio of 6 main ales plus additional specials. Ales are unfined, unfiltered and vegetarian or vegan and production of up to its capacity of 6 barrels a week are sold almost exclusively in the pub.

Regular Beers:
Ink 5.2% Somewhere between a chocolate malted porter and a dark mild there are flavours of cocoa, coffee and liquorice with burnt toffee notes.

Woodsmans IPA 4.2%. A light and pale hoppy bitter with a citrus finish.

Duck Medicine 4.2%. Made with New Zealand hops, this is a lively well-rounded, well-hopped white grapey pale ale.

Ziggy’s chin 5.3%. A bitter rye pale ale with earthy spiceyness, well-hopped with New Zealand hops.

Tropango 5%. A light unfiltered fruity ale with a juicy mango flavour and a soft bitter finish.

Totnes Brewing Co ales can usually be found at;
Barrel House, Totnes

Two Beach Brewing Company

Ness Cove, Shaldon,
Teignmouth, TQ14 0HP
Tel: 01626 873427
Email: moc.doofeurtedo@tcatnoc
Website: odetruefood.com
Facebook: Two-Beach-Brewing-Company-Ltd-1551941255096469/