Moor Beer Company was started in 1996 on a former dairy farm in the Levels and Moors area of Somerset. Brewing started originally on a 5 barrel plant, with beers designed to reflect the local heritage. They gained in popularity and began to notch up quite a few awards. One of our most celebrated beer, Old Freddy Walker, went on to win CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain in 2004. Other beers, such as Revival and JJJ IPA, continue to win regular awards at SIBA and CAMRA beer festivals.
The brewery became a bit of a victim of its own success and temporarily contracted out brewing. In January 2007 the brewery was relaunched and expanded to 10 barrels when Justin and Maryann Hawke took over the company. They worked (and continue to work!) tirelessly with their small team to restore the reputation of the brewery to the status it richly deserves. With award winning branding, some of the highest rated beers in the world, and huge international demand, the brewery was expanded again in 2011 to a 20 UK barrel brew length, and a bottling line was installed.
Although lacking a West Country accent, Justin brings a passion for beer and the local area, as well as a tendency towards fusing the wonders of real ale with the aggressively flavoured beers of his native California. Since taking over brewing, Justin has radically improved the quality and flavour of the old beers while adding many new beers to the core range and producing a number of interesting speciality beers. His reputation and awards have grown rapidly, resulting in Moor Beer now being regarded as one of the top breweries in the UK.
Moor Beer Company brings you something different – a company dedicated to quality products, service to the community and social responsibility. We are not publicly traded and leave our accountability to the people that matter – our customers, employees, suppliers and families.
We strive to produce strongly flavoured beers of exceptional character. All our beers are brewed using only natural ingredients. We put a lot into our beers by using the finest malt, hops, yeast and water – but don’t take anything out. All our beers are unfiltered so they retain the yeast that is so vital to producing exceptional flavour, as well as providing vitamins. We are the leaders of Britain’s unfined ‘natural’ beer movement, which you can read lots about on our dedicated web pages.
Beer is a living, wholesome beverage that has nourished mankind for millennia. When consumed in moderation there are many reported health benefits. Above all, it enhances nearly every occasion. Whether it’s a mass celebration or solitary moment at home, our beers give you the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.