Our story

There was brewery at Box nearly a hundred years ago, and when we resurrected it in 2004 we stayed true to the Great British brewing tradition, just adding a little personality and a lot of enthusiasm.

  1. 1920

    A brewery was established in Box in the South West of England, near the city of Bath, in the early 1920’s. The original building eventually became luxury apartments.

  2. 2004

    Marshall Ewart, landlord of The Bear, and Mark Hemplemen-Adams (the explorer’s older brother) buy a 10 barrel kit and resurrect the brewery.

  3. 2006

    The Roberts family, owners of the Cross Guns at Avoncliff, purchase the brewery, looking forward to making great beer, not just buying it.

  4. 2009

    Tunnel Vision proves to be a star attraction as Gary Oldman, following in the footsteps of Harry Enfield, Ruby Wax and Kevin Spacey, visits The Cross Guns twice in one week.

  5. 2010

    The first of the brewery’s celebrated bottled beers produced was Tunnel Vision, selected for the CAMRA beer club. Production at the brewery rises to 3,300 hectolitres.

  6. 2011

    Master brewer Philip Downes joins the team. A new, larger brewery is built in the nearby village of Holt, and brewing starts here in the November.

  7. 2014

    Production is up to 6,300 hectolitres, and the brewery launches its beers in boxes, enabling everyone to tap into the great taste of Box cask.

  8. 2015

    Now supplying 100s of pubs and bars with cask and bottles, and with customers include Michelin-starred restaurants and national supermarket and pub chains, the brewery unveils a proud new brand.