St. Peter’s Brewery is based at St. Peter South Elmham, near Bungay in Suffolk. The brewery itself was built in 1996 and is housed in an attractive range of traditional former agricultural buildings adjacent to St. Peter’s Hall.
Siting the brewery at St. Peter’s was ideal because of the excellent water quality from our own deep bore-hole. Locally malted barley is used, together with Kentish hops, to produce a range of classical English cask-conditioned ales. In addition the company produces a range of superb bottled beers.
We brew ‘traditional’ beers (bitters, mild etc.) as well as some more unusual beers such as honey porter and fruit beer. (We are replicating what was common practice up to the Nineteenth Century to add fruits and honey to beers to create special seasonal brews).
Thus blackcurrant and gooseberry beers would be brewed when soft fruits were readily available while at Christmas-time dried fruits, spices and orange peel would be added to create a special Christmas Ale.
Question: Are any of St. Peter’s beers suitable for vegans or vegetarians?
Answer: Unfortunately our beers are not suitable for vegetarians or vegans due to the finings which contain fish extracts.
Question: How long do casks last for?
Answer: At the time of racking (filling) a cask of St. Peter’s beer typically has eight weeks ‘best before’ life. However, once broached (tapped) the beer should be used within one weeks. Cask beers should always be stored in a chilled / cooled cellar / storage area.
Question: What ‘best before’ date do you put on your beers?
Answer: St. Peter’s packaged beers have 12 months shelf life from the date they are bottled.
Question: I’m thinking about brewing my own beer. Can you sell me some of the ingredients I need and give me some advice?
Answer: Sorry, we cannot help with this but there are lots of books written about the subject and also shops specialising in equipment for home brewing that are usually run by enthusiasts. We have 3 St. Peter’s beers in Homebrew kits (see our shop for details) or why not buy a case of St. Peter’s fine beer to judge your efforts against?
Question: Is the Jerusalem Tavern available for private parties?
Answer: We may be able to accommodate you. Please call the Jerusalem Tavern on 0207 490 4281 to discuss your requirements.
Question: I collect beer labels / drip mats – can you please send me the range of St. Peter’s to add to my collection?
Answer: Unfortunately, due to time constraints in our Brewery we have had to make the painful decision not to send out our labels to collectors. This decision has not been made lightly and we apologise for the disappointment this will cause.
Question: I’m interested in working for St. Peter’s Brewery – who do I need to contact?
Answer: Any job vacancies with St. Peter’s Brewery will be posted on the News / Media pages of the website.
Question: I belong to a walking group. Are there any good walks around St. Peter’s Hall?
Answer: Absolutely, the hall is situated just off a public footpath which offers a circular route around the Saints and across Flixton airfield. A lot of walking groups plan their expeditions to arrive at the Hall for lunch and a well deserved beer! Check the website for opening times.
“Our vision for St. Peter’s Brewery is that we introduce delicious, high quality, interesting English ales and beers to a world market which, at present, believes in the main that only lagers exist and which has no experience of the delights of our national beverage.
In doing so, we plan to build a substantial and successful business which benefits the local, regional and national economy as well as our staff, our suppliers and our community.”
St. Peter’s Brewery
It is so called because virtually every village in the area is named after a saint, St. Cross, St. Margaret, St. Nicholas, St. James, St. Michael, St. John, St. Lawrence, St. Andrew, St. Peter and All Saints.
In the Middle Ages, East Anglia, and particularly Suffolk, was a major centre of wool production. Though some manufacturing was done locally, most of the wool was exported to Flanders through ports such as Dunwich (once hugely important but now mainly washed away) and Suffolk was massively wealthy and densely populated.
Now what remains are some wonderful churches, minsters, priories, village and field plans which have changed little since the Middle Ages.
The Saints is surely one of the most beautiful, historic and remote parts of England, and a great day out.
If you are visiting the brewery and require directions please click on the ‘Find Us’ section.
Despite its remote location, all roads lead to St. Peter’s! So, which one are you coming from …?
From Norwich: head for Bungay
From Ipswich: head for either: Diss then Harleston (A140); or alternatively, Halesworth (A12)
From Bury St Edmunds: head for Diss, then Harleston (A143).
From Gt. Yarmouth/Lowestoft: head for Beccles then Bungay.
Get on the A144 through Bungay towards Halesworth. Pass Charlish’s Ford garage on your right. Carry on out of Bungay for a mile or so then turn right when you see the brown sign for the Brewery. Drive through the village of Ilketshall St. Margaret and you will find the Hall after a mile or so, on your right.
Main road way:
Go to Bungay and follow the Bungay instructions.
Take the main road from Harleston to Bungay for approx 2 miles. Turn right at Homersfield (opposite The Dove Restaurant). Carry on this road, the B1062, to Flixton. As you enter Flixton and come to the sweeping left-hand bend, turn right and go down Flixton main street. (If you see the Flixton Buck on your left, you have missed the turning). Pass the village hall on your right. Just after the village hall, take the road that leads off to the left, signposted St. Peter’s Brewery. Carry on this road until you come to a T junction and you will see the Hall on your left.
Main road way:
Head from Halesworth to Bungay. Go through Ilketshall St. Lawrence. Approx 3 miles after Ilketshall St. Lawrence, you will see a turning to the left with a brown ‘St. Peter’s Brewery’ sign. Follow the road through the village of Ilketshall St. Margaret and you will find the Hall after a mile or so, on your right.
Come through the centre of Halesworth heading for Bungay/Norwich on the main A144. You will see ‘MicroPress Printers’ on your right (next to the Ford garage) – turn left at Micropress, into Wissett Road. Follow this road out of Halesworth, through Wissett and through Rumburgh. Go over the bridge as you leave Rumburgh and after approx half a mile, take the first right – signposted St. Michael. Carry on this road for approx 2 miles and you will find St. Peter’s on your left.