OUR HISTORY

Founded in 1998 at Great Torrington, North Devon, today Clearwater Brewery remains 100% independent and family owned.


Clearwater Brewery operates an ever expanding business both locally and nationally from their premises in Bideford, North Devon.

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Clearwater Brewery started life in 1998 in the town of Great Torrington, North Devon.

 

Taking its name from the purity of the local water supply that forms an integral part of each tantalising mouthful of beer, the company has become an ever-growing local success story.

 

From small beginnings the company used carefully selected recipes to build a local following and a well-earned reputation for delicious and characterful ales. Clearwater’s reputation and its beers have gradually grown throughout the local region.

BEGINNINGS

Over the past few years Clearwater has been gradually increasing the beer range, taking in different strengths, ingredients, and seasonal variations.


The company has also been building on their already good reputation so that you can now enjoy a pint or two

of Devon Dympsy and Real Smiler in pubs not just in Devon and the South West, but further afield into the rest of England and Wales.

DEVELOPING NEW BEERS

OUR ALES

Clearwater beers have been appearing at an array of real ale festivals and other events throughout the South West and into other parts of England, and are causing a stir wherever they go.

 

September 2012 saw Clearwater join with national drinks distributor LWC, who are now our main national distributor for. Through LWC's vast network the beers can reach parts of the country that haven’t yet tasted their delights, helping Clearwater to become a recognisable name for delicious real ale from Bideford to Birmingham and Great Torrington to Greater Manchester.

We distribute our bottles locally via Youings Wholesale, Johns of Instow and Johns of Appledore and we also use Tolchards as distributors.

GOING NATIONAL

A little bit of history was made on June 23rd 2016 on the North Devon Coast when Lynmouth received beer by boat for the first time in 50 years.


The cargo was brought around the North Devon Coast by Clearwater Brewery.


Two barrels of the brewery’s Submariner beer was taken 30 miles around the coast in a journey that took several hours to the Bath Hotel.

MAKING HISTORY - BEER ON A BOAT

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Another recent innovation is the introduction of Clearwater beer in bottles – so that you can enjoy the Devon-brewed taste from the comfort of your sofa as well as the comfort of a bar stool.

 

And in 2014 Clearwater took the plunge and has taken on new premises, moving the brewery from the original site at Great Torrington to a bigger purpose-built home in the thriving town of Bideford in order to make the most important thing in the world to a real ale fan – more beer!

MOVING FORWARD