Founded in 1995, The Grainstore Brewery was formed through the collaboration of two friends, Tony Davis formally Head Brewer and Production Director at Ruddles Brewery and Mike Davies of Davro Fabrication. With Tony’s 30 years of brewing experience behind them, and Mike’s engineering and steel fabrication expertise at their disposal, the two set to work on a derelict Victorian grain store situated next to Oakham Railway Station. Following renovation of the building and the lowering into position of the large fermenting vessels, copper and conditioning tanks, the brewery tap opened its doors in September 1995. The 15 barrel brew house plant with its capacity to brew 60 barrels per week, started brewing its first brew, ‘Cooking Bitter’ a few months later. This tradition has since been continued by Tony’s son William Davis and his business partner Peter Atkinson, as the brewery and Tap go from strength to strength.
The methods and raw materials used to brew traditional British beers have remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years. For this reason The Grainstore Brewery uses only the finest quality materials to brew its beers, with the majority being sourced from within the UK. A closely guarded combination of malted barley, brewing sugars, hops, yeast and water, all go to create a truly unique, well-balanced selection of traditional ales which build in strength and flavour through the range, with a moreishness that is a characteristic of Grainstore beers.