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Report - Hardy Hanson's Kimberley Brewery, Nottinghamshire.



dweeb

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The Kimberley Brewery was established and operated by the brewer Hardys & Hansons, and has a heritage dating from 1832. It was the last independent brewery in Nottinghamshire.

Samuel Robinson opened the first commercial brewery in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, England in a rented bake-house using water from the Alley Spring in what is now called Hardy Street.

Stephen Hanson meanwhile built Hansons Limited on Brewery Street in 1847, also using water from the Alley Spring.

William & Thomas Hardy were successful beer merchants from Heanor who bought Samuel Robinsons brewery in 1857. The current brewery is largely based on the buildings erected by them in 1861 when they moved out of the old bake-house.

Also in 1861, Stephen Hanson died and the business was carried on by his wife Mary and son Robert Hanson.

There was much friendly rivalry between the two brewing companies who proceeded to buy pubs throughout the area to supply with their own ales.

Both breweries began to run short of water. By agreement the water from the local Holly Well spring was shared between them.[1] Having been attracted by the supply of excellent brewing water from the Holly Well, both breweries thrived independently until 1930, when under increasing pressure from larger brewing companies and lack of male successors to the Hardy's Brewery, the two companies combined.

In 2006, The Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Brewery and all of its public houses were sold in a multi-million pound deal to Greene King brewery, who decided to end the brewing tradition in Kimberley in "a cost effective move" and will sell the Kimberley site, moving its distribution centre to Eastwood. Brewing will switch to the main Greene King site at Bury St Edmunds.
The brewery is a little stripped, but a fine structure with an almost complete Victorian maltings, complete with Boby barrows and Reginald Stanley's Patent malting tile floor.

In the basement an untouched mess room, last used in the 70's was an epic find, complete with anti static shoes (as malt dust was explosive, and in days before them Maltsters worked barefoot) fag packets and bottles of beer.

The trademark brewery tower is in lovely condition, complete with windvein and iron topping. Many original signs and wall paintings are still in situ. It looks as though portions of the brewery have not been used or maintained in decades, making the building a rewarding explore.

The network of underground tunnels can boast of its own well, of which the water runs fresh and clean, a pleasure to sample!

Dweeb is still the reigning champion of Boby barrow racing:thumb

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