The building we have all our fun in is actually an old fermenting block that was built in 1904 for the Ashton Gate brewery. The Ashton Gate brewery (or Thomas Bayntons Brewery) started brewing on this date back around 1820's - though there was a break for about 70 years between 1933 & 2004. A brief history of the brewery is below.
The brewery was originally started by Thomas Baynton (and two of his brothers), sometime in the early 1820's the earliest evidence is a map in 1840 which shows a brewery on the site.
Another of his brothers, George Baynton, had a Maltings just up the road from the brewery.
The Ashton Gate Brewery Company Ltd was registered on October 16th 1865 took over the late Thomas Baynton's brewery for a sum of £30,000.
The company immediately invested some more capital & a project to carry out the following was put out to tender -
Build new stables on the site of the old
Build new Cellar block
Complete construction of Tower & Chimney
Remove Present Copper & install new 18” higher than existing.
Civil works was carried out by George Bennett of Staple Hill for a sum of £1810. Tender submitted on 9th May 1866.
The Company changed its name to 'Hardwick & Co'. (Reason unknown - probably because most of the Directors were from the Hardwick family)
The Company changed its name back to 'The Ashton Gate Brewery Co Ltd'.
Project undertaken by George Adlams & Sons for expansion.Directors - Richard Stratton
Secretary - H R Harvey
New Fermentation Block/ Racking area & second Copper project undertaken by Adlams & Sons. The Racking area (ground floor of the new Fermentation Block) is now the location of the 'Beer Factory'.
Project undertaken to expand Offices.
Secretary - J Harris
Ashton Gate Brewery products - 'The Sunrise Brand - Outshines them all'.
The Ashton Gate produced the following products; -
IPA (India Pale Ale)
Milk Stout - the Milk Stout was taken on by the George's & Co. brewery who kept the exact same label & just changed the name from Ashton Gate Brewery to George's brewery. They then went on to win awards with the Milk Stout.
The Ashton Gate brewery Co Ltd was taken over by Georges & Co.
The Company was wound up in 1933 with all assets - pubs etc being handed over to Georges & Co.
Regent Tyre & Rubbers Co were situated in the building
Rapid Printing were situated in the building
Bristol Brewing Co Ltd moved in & set up 10 Brl Micro Brewery called the BRISTOL BEER FACTORY in the basement of the fermenting block that was built in 1904.
Every November we open the doors to the brewery & showcase our Christmas offering. It’s also a great chance to meet the brewers in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the infamous Stout stew.READ MORE
Public & private tours are available to book at the brewery.READ MORE
Bristol Beer Factory clothing – now you can dress in beer.HAVE A LOOK