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Butterknowle Brewery

AddressButterknowle Brewery
Old Schoolhouse
Bishop Auckland
DL13 5QF
County (see footnote)Ceremonial
County Durham
County Durham
Local Authority
County Durham


The following potted history of the brewery has been provided by John Constable. Thanks John.

The Butterknowle Brewery was set up in August 1990 by John Constable in the disused buildings of the Lynesack National School near Butterknowle in County Durham. The school buildings which were built in 1852 had had no use until this time for almost thirty years.

Immediately from launch the brewery experienced success and built up an enviable list of awards from Beer Festivals all over the UK including Newcastle, Darlington, Peterborough, Plymouth and Burton on Trent. Only two years after launch the brewery won the runners up certificates in the Bitter and Best Bitter categories at the 1992 Great British Beer Festival.

Butterknowle Banner Bitter won the Gold Award in the Best Bitter category at the 1996 Great British Beer Festival and was eventual bronze award winner to the 1996 Champion Beer of Britain.

The brewery was awarded a Teesdale Business Award in 1997 for outstanding achievement in the local economy. However the brewery closed in October 1998.

At the beginning of 2002, the Butterknowle plant came back into use being used as the new plant for Darwin.

Beers Brewed

We do not maintain a list of beers brewed by each brewery. There may be a list on the brewery's own website. For historical information, we suggest you also visit the brewery page on the unfortunately no longer updated Beermad.


The information contained above was believed to be correct at the date indicated. However we accept no responsibility for any false, misleading or inaccurate information within this site. We are not Butterknowle Brewery and have no connection with them. This is not their official web site. If you believe any of the above information to be wrong, then let us at know by contacting us.

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Since the 1974 local government reorganisation there has been much controversy over many county boundaries. The links we provide cover all areas possibilities: Ceremonial Counties which are the counties for which a Lord-Lieutenant has been appointed, Historic Counties (and their allied county boroughs) which represent the position before the 1974 re-organisation and Local Authority which represents the third tear District level.

Last Updated : 28th May 2002