Our Very Own Microbrewery

Gaol Ales

Derbyshire's smallest microbrewery. Real ale brewed on the premises.

Gaol Ales began brewing in August 2015 with 2 barrels of Jailbreak bitter for Wirksworth Festival, just one year later we supplied the same event with 18 barrels, 3 different brews. We brewed for 3 years our Jailbird Pale winning best light beer at Chesterfield Real Ale Festival in 2017. Our plan was always to establish a range of beers but only after thoroughly testing each new recipe. The range included Jailbreak, a traditional bitter, Jailbird pale ale, No Prisoners strong IPA, Strong Arm of the Law winter ale, Black Maria porter and On Parole stout. We brewed using Derbyshire water and we used all-British ingredients whenever possible. We stopped brewing in August 2018 after a very enjoyable and educational 3 years.


Gaol Ales' half barrel system Some of our ales