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Top 10 Breweries in Lincolnshire

Ah Lincolnshire, famed for Lincoln’s 11th-century cathedral, the Wolds and for producing tonnes of root vegetables. But that’s not all. Lincolnshire is also developing a reputation for brewing excellent beer as well.

According to the brewery rating system* put together by Untappd (the world’s largest beer review app), these are the top ten breweries in Lincolnshire. If you are looking to sample the best beer that the county has to offer then get yourself down to one of these Lincolnshire Breweries.

Scores correct as of 9th February 2024.

*Untappd’s top-rated brewery list shows the top breweries, based on a weighted average formula, which effectively rates all breweries against each other and gives weight to their beers with higher rating count. A brewery must have at least 1,000 ratings and at least 5 beers in their portfolio to qualify for this list.

1. Docks Beers
(3.64 out of 5)

Docks Beers is Lincolnshire’s highest-rated craft beer brewery according to Untappd.

Based in a converted Church in Grimsby, the 28 hectolitre brewery was founded in 2018 by the three men behind Axholme Brewing Company (Mike Richards, Shaz Shadan and Will Douglas). The trio has created a brand which mirrors their location (it’s a mere 200m from the docks) and the hard work ethic of dockworkers, past and present. The large taproom overlooking their exhibition brewery is definitely worth a visit. While you’re there, have a browse in their beer shop, take a look at Docks Academy, their 300 person capacity music and comedy venue on the first floor or book on to a brewery tour.

Never Say Die, a 6% New World IPA is Docks Beers’ most popular core beer on Untappd. It’s refreshing, crisp, tropical and very sessionable as well. Their highest-rated brew is Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Fish a 4.4% hazy session pale ale which has just been released!

Docks Beers Never Say Die New World IPA

2. Brewsters
(3.49 out of 5)

Brewsters was founded by Sara Barton back in 1998 and has been flying the flag for women in brewing ever since. Sara, who has a Masters Degree in Brewing and Distilling, even named her company ‘Brewsters’ as it means ‘female brewer’ in old English!

The 32 hectolitre brewery (also in Grantham) makes a variety of beers, but according to Untappd reviews at least, their 4.5% ‘Aromatic Porter’ is the one to sample.

Brewsters Brewery Rutterkin

3. Ferry Ales Brewery
(3.49 out of 5)

Based in Fiskerton near Lincoln, Ferry Ales makes a wide range of beers, ales and lagers; from pale ale to dark stout. Brewed using traditional ingredients, the beers produced here are either racked to cask or bottled and kegged by the brewery itself.

Their 4.9% Porter ‘Smokey Joe Porter’ is their beverage with the most love from the Untappd community.

Ferry Ales Brewery Smokey Joe Porter

4. Newby Wyke
(3.48 out of 5)

Since 1998 this brewery based in Grantham has used Lincolnshire barley combined with either American or British hops to create their distinct ales.

Run by Robert and Christine March, Newby Wyke is named after an old 178ft steam trawler built for the West Dock Steam Fishing Company. Robert’s grandfather had been the skipper, so he named the brewery after it.

Newby Wyke Brewery

5. Horncastle Ales
(3.46 out of 5)

Located on the premises of Old Nick’s Tavern in Horncastle, the heart of the rural Lincolnshire Wolds, Horncastle Ales is the vision of Ross & Sally Ellis.

The microbrewery itself is run by their daughter, Elizabeth Ellis who has also been bitten by the ‘real ale bug’, developing her knowledge, extensive skill base and experience at Fulstow Breweries in Louth under the ever watchful eye of Phil Ellis. Elizabeth not only brings her wide range of expertise to the brewery, but her very unique charm and charisma, helping make any visit a memorable one.

Horncastle Ale’s range consists of classic beer styles. Some of their most popular beers include Wicked Blonde, a 3.9% Blonde Ale that has 151 ratings and an average rating of 3.41% out of 5 according to Untappd, and the 4.5% English Porter Dreadnought, A super smooth Stout with a beautiful balance of chocolate, roast and liquorice flavours (which has a score of 3.66 out of 5 on Untappd.

6. Batemans
(3.41 out of 5)

Batemans has been going strong for almost 150 years and has a national reputation for brewing excellence.

The family business has remained true to their founder, George Bateman’s original mission statement of making good beer, looking after good people and remaining independent for four generations *we doff our cap in respect*.

Their top-rated beer is ‘Mocha’ a 6% coffee and chocolate stout sensation which previously won the Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt award.

Batemans Brewery

7. 8 Sail
(3.39 out of 5)

These guys get their name from the unique eight-sail windmill in the rural village of Heckington, near Sleaford, where the brewery is situated.

The 8 Sail microbrewery was set up in 2010 and their mission is to recreate traditional beer styles that used to be popular, as well as brews to suit more modern tastes. Their top rated Untappd beer is ‘Imperial Porter’ a warming 10% Impy with roasty notes. That’ll warm the old cockles!

8 Sail Brewery Imperial Porter

8. Lincolnshire Craft Beers
(3.38 out of 5)

Lincolnshire Craft Beers is the third incarnation of this brewery after Highwood Brewery foundered in 2011 and Tom Wood Beers went into administration in 2017.

Based in Melton Ross, the buildings where the brewing happens used to be used for farming but now they make distinctive craft beers, inspired by the Wolds and the county of Lincolnshire itself. According to Untappd, their top rated beer is ‘Salty Dog’, a 4.4% Brown Ale.

Lincolnshire Craft Beers Salty Dog

9. Salem Brew Co
(3.38 out of 5)

Batemans is known and loved for its classic beers such as XB and Triple XB so they launched Salem Brew Co to respond to the increasingly popular craft beer market and to brew innovative flavours alongside their real ale favourites.

Salem’s Dark Fruits Porter is worth seeking out. It’s packed full of delectable dark fruits for a sweeter finish on this rich, nutty, spicy beer.

Salem Brew Co Dark Porter

10. Zest
(3.36 out of 5)

Zest Brewery makes a range of traditional and innovative beers in cask, bottle and can format. They were established in 2019 after Oldershaws (their parent company) ceased trading after 22 years and now run a popular mobile converted horsebox bar.

Zest continues to brew beers that cater to their traditional real ale-loving customers, while also experimenting with new brewing techniques and flavours. Their top rated beer on Untappd is ‘Heavenly Blonde’, a zesty 3.8% blonde ale.

Zest Brewery Heavenly Blonde

Other breweries worthy of mention include Poachers which falls just outside the top ten and Firestation in Louth and Boozy Bob’s in Grimsby which don’t have enough ratings to make the list… yet. 

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