Struggling to find any unique, genuine lagers locally that he liked, Calvors founder, Alec Williamson identified a significant opportunity in the UK drinks industry for quality English craft lager.
Alec established the brewery in 2008 on his family farm in Coddenham Green, Suffolk. Test brewing began early the same year and by September the first Calvors beer had been perfected – Calvors Premium Pilsner was ready for the market in bottled form. With this, Calvors became one of just three lager breweries in England and their flagship Pilsner would go on to win two SIBA Gold Awards and the SIBA National Keg Silver Award!
Draught equipment followed in early 2009, together with the new Helles 3.8% (also a multi-award-winner). Later the same year, the brewery began developing darker lagers which eventually saw the launch of Calvors Amber (Vienna Lager) and then Calvors Dark (Dark Dunkel Lager).
With the core lagers established the brewery grew, and in 2013 we began experimenting with cask ales. Our successful “Smooth Hoperator” was born quickly followed by the “LodeStar Festival Ale”, (brewed to promote Lodestar Music Festival). More recently we have introduced our Session IPA, American Red and American Pale Ale.
Careful consideration for the environment is a massive consideration that influences every decision made by Alec and the team. This has always been the way, from biodegradable filter sheets to the locally sourced malted barley, our footprint is always considered. Behind the scenes we are always working on another idea to reduce the impact our work has on the environment from testing wooden shives and keystones in our casks to our latest purchase…
In 2019 we purchased our own canning machine, a beautiful piece of British engineering, matching our existing brewery of which the vast majority was also crafted in England. In introducing our canning machine we have reduced our use of plastic packaging and offer our beers in more easily recyclable packaging.
In short, that’s us! We brew fine craft lagers without the chemicals and preservatives found in mass-produced beers in the heart of Suffolk with consideration for our environment!.. We brew by hand, using only water, whole hops, locally malted barley and yeast. No chemicals, no preservatives.
New development is very much a key part of our brewery, so we are excited to bring you some full-flavoured new beers very soon.
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