Lymestone Brewery


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Tour details


Lymestone runs up to four Day of Tours through the year. Check website for dates.


Tours take place in the evenings at a mutually agreed time and last up to two hours.

In the winter visitors are welcomed by the sight of a log burner and invited to pour themselves a beer. The tour starts with a splash of history, covering the unusual building plus brewing in Stone. You'll be able to relate the beer in hand to the relevant hops with a demo of the ingredients. With brewer Ian in charge, there's every opportunity to ask questions as you tour the brewhouse.

Those choosing the food option get to sample the brewery's popular beef and ale stew (vegetarian alternative available), made with Stone the Crows ale and beef from cattle fed the spent ale.

Course details

While Ian acts as mentor to the local high school's 6th form applied science class, the Brewery hosts visits from schools and supports work placements.

Please contact brewery for further information.

Opening times

All year

Group tours are possible throughout the year in the evenings.



Wheelchair access

All areas. And the brewery is DDA compliant.


Lymestone beer plus a small selection of clothing and Lymestone memorabilia are available.

Public transport

Station: Stone, 0.7km

Bus: 101 from Stone


Tour & tasting: £7

Tour, tasting & food: £10

Get in Touch

Tel: 01785 817796

Twitter: lymestonebrewer
Facebook: Lymestone Brewery

The Old Brewery
Mount Road
ST15 8LL
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Lymestone Brewery set up shop in the attractive Victorian building that once was Bents brewery, a stone's throw (forgive the pun) from Stone town centre in 2008. After 18 years brewing at the award-winning Titanic, Ian Bradford decided "it was time to branch out, to realise my own dreams". He knew Ron Makins socially, and asked him to help with his business plan. But Ron became so interested that they became business partners and thus Lymestone Brewery was born.

Stone as a region has been brewing for nearly 1000 years, no doubt due to the quality of its water. Its most famous exponent was Joules Brewery, a survivor until the 1970s, the same decade the less highly regarded Bents closed down. But whereas a supermarket stands where Joules once was, Ian has converted his striking, purpose-built brewery into a spacious, gravity-fed brewhouse.

Ian's brews fly the flag for Stone with character. Not for him bland ales. A good mix of hops has always been vital and, as with the majority of the UK's craft brewers, Charles Faram is likely to be on Lymestone's speed dial.


  • Cobble Stones – J D Wetherspoon Beer of the Potteries 2010, contest decided by customer votes
  • ACES Real Ale of the Year 2009 – the first time a craft brewer has won this award ahead of larger brewers. ACES is a local campaign group interested in all things North Staffordshire-related

Annual event

Stone Food & Drink Festival – autumn


Ian regularly works with teachers and students, see below.

Eco-friendly initiatives

  • Bottles – Lighter ones are used
  • Biodiversity – supporting local honey bees with three bee hives on the roof. The honey will be used in Lymestone's first honey beer
  • Climate change – Signed up to the 10:10 campaign, to reduce energy use by 10% in 2010

Trade bodies


Visited: Spring 2010