Defunct Breweries

Unfortunately, as with any other industry, breweries come and go for various reasons. The list below, whilst probably not exhaustive, names those breweries. This list, together with the list of existing breweries, highlights just how many we've had in Northamptonshire since CAMRA kick-started the Real Ale revival. It may also help those who come to the county looking for beers they've had in the past but are having difficulty finding.

Abington Park Brewery - ceased 1997

Cherwell Valley Brewery - ceased 2011

Cock Inn & Brewery - ceased 1997

Copper Kettle - ceased 2016. Equipment/premises acquired by Shoulder of Mutton Craft

Cranky Cobbler - ceased 2015

Latimer Ales - now supplying brewing vessels and systems - http://www.latimerales.com/

Leyland Breweries - ceased 1999

Litchborough Brewery - the Original microbrewery, opened in 1974. Bought by Liddingtons in 1983 and ceased in 1986

Merivale Ales - ceased 1996

Purple Cow - ceased 2016

The Cannon Brewery - ceased 2001

Tom Smith Ales - ceased 2016. May recommence in 2020

Warden Brewery - ceased 1998

Whistling Kite Brewery - ceased 2016

Whittlebury - Moved to Towcester and changed name to Towcester Mill Brewery


Compiled with the help of 'Century of British Brewers - plus 1890 to 2004' copyright the Brewery History Society 2005, and a good memory.