Dartmoor Brewery produces a variety of top quality cask conditioned real ales from the heart of Dartmoor National Park. We are in the unique position of being the highest brewery in England, situated at 1,465ft above sea level in Princetown, Devon.
To create the Westcountry’s finest traditional cask ales, our award winning brewery uses authentic brewing techniques, Dartmoor spring water, the finest Devon malted barley and only the best English hops.
Dartmoor Brewery was established in Princetown in 1994 by Simon Loveless, a former Gibbs Mew and first Hop Back Head brewer (also winner of Strong Bitter Class at CAMRA GBBF.), and Philip Davies, a local businessman, behind the village’s Prince of Wales pub.
Simon’s first class brewing skills quickly earned him a reputation for producing top quality real ales and it wasn’t long before our first beer, Jail Ale (brewed within 800 metres of the infamous Dartmoor Prison) attracted a strong local following.
Despite it being a time when cask ale was in decline and the beer market dominated by big brewers, Simon, who learned his craft while an apprentice with Wiltshire brewer Gibbs Mew, saw potential for quality, small-scale beer production. Cheered on by his growing success and local popularity, he began to expand his brewery and brand portfolio, launching Dartmoor IPA to join Jail Ale.
Word of his success got out, and beer lovers from across the region flocked to Princetown to seek out the home of Jail Ale and enjoy pints in the village pubs, The Prince of Wales and The Plume of Feathers. In 1996 we welcomed a royal visitor, HRH The Prince of Wales, who happily sampled a pint of the famous Jail Ale!
Growing sales saw our then 45 barrel per week microbrewery struggling to meet demand, so a new purpose-built brewery was created 400 yards from the original plot, thanks to an agreement from the Duchy of Cornwall to sell land on the site of the disused Princetown railway station.
In 2005, a new £1.5 million state-of-the-art brewery was built using the very best German brewing equipment, and in 2010 three new 14,000-litre fermenting vessels were added to further increase capacity to cope with ever-growing demand.
Today, Dartmoor Brewery employs 15 people and produces over 2.5 million pints per year to be enjoyed across the South West of England and beyond. We continue to make a name as the only genuine brewer of traditional cask conditioned ales on Dartmoor and are proud to be Devon’s second largest brewer.