Record Numbers attend Our Beer festival


We recorded 925 visitors to the festival with a good geographic spread across the East Midlands and further afield.

I was a good event and we will be having talks if we can do it again all next year. As they say watch this space.

Thanks to all our sponsors and we hope we can count on you again next time.

Boo hoo its the last day of the festival


We had a good night last night with “Uninvited Guests” easing us into the evening.

We have lost a few beers but there is still a lot of great conditioned beers and ciders available.

Sun cream, thirst and a sense of humour is what you need today. D’Ukes of Rutland and the Rutjand Morris Men will be here to entertain you when we open at Noon. Sadly we close at 4

Saturday – Rutland beer day

Saturday nice weather, good beer and some great bands  “Whatever it Takes” “Gretton Silver Band” and “Uninvited Guests”.

So-  sun cream on , wear your best cool clothing and get down here, we open at 11

Rutland Breweries to combine as Grainstore rescues Stoney Ford

Stoney Ford Brew Co Ltd has been acquired by Rutland Brewing Co, owners of Grainstore Brewery of Oakham.Stoney Ford, owned by local brewers Simon Watson and Tim Nicol, announced its closure on 5thApril as its current premises had become unavailable and uneconomic. They were then approached by William Davis, co-owner of Rutland Brewing Co, who proposed a rescue package.

Co-owner Tim Nicol said; “As a small micro-brewer we faced an uphill climb in trying to expand our business. Although we are barely 2 years old, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved locally with our beers and our brand, and are delighted that the effort and investment we’ve made won’t go to waste. The Rutland Brewing Company, owners of The Grainstore Brewery and Rutland Cider Company, has the resources, capacity, and distribution network to enable Stoney Ford to not just survive, but thrive.”

William Davis, co-owner of The Rutland Brewing Company, said “In the ultra-competitive UK beer market, and with the economic conditions that exist today, it’s extremely difficult to develop and grow a brewery business. Tim and Simon have successfully achieved this over the last two years whilst sticking to their principles of brewing with the finest English ingredients, producing a range of ales that have a great reputation locally. We intend to continue with that ethos, whilst introducing the Stoney Ford brand to a wider audience. The Rutland Brewing Company has ambitious growth plans including possible investment opportunities, for its Grainstore and Rutland Cider brands over the next twelve months and the opportunity to save Stoney Ford, a fellow Rutland producer, and develop their range of products alongside our existing portfolio, naturally fits with those plans.

We hope that both Tim and Simon will continue to be the wonderful brand ambassadors for Stoney Ford that they have been over the last two years”

Stoney Ford’s move from Ryhall to Oakham will take place during April and beers should be available mid-May.

For further information please contact William Davis or Peter Atkinson at The Rutland Brewing Company on:


Stony Ford Brewery in Ryhall, Rutland is to close

We’re closing down,
at least for now




Stoney Ford to cease brewing

We regret to inform our customers and supporters that we have decided to take a break from brewing and are having a fundamental rethink about the future of the business and its location.

Our current brewery location is restricted in size and not available nor viable in the longer term.  Despite our best efforts over several months we have been unable to identify suitable premises for expansion nor develop a viable business plan that makes financial sense.

Launching Stoney Ford in May 2016 was an experiment at a small scale (2.5 bbl), with the intention of proving whether or not we could brew beer consistently and establish a brand, before growing it into a more substantial business. We are proud of the beers and the brand we have developed but we haven’t managed to take the next major growth step.

The business has paid its way and has no debts, and we will continue to trade until current stocks have been sold (end of this week) and we have collected our empties. It is possible that our beers and brand may reappear sometime in the future in another guise, but for now we are closing the doors on our Ryhall Brewery.

We would like to say thanks to our local customers and supporters for their loyalty and business and apologise for the disappointment that Stoney Ford will no longer be available, at least in the short to medium term. We will of course share further news on the future of the brewery as and when we have it.

Tim Nicol and Simon Watson
5th April 2018

New mini guide to Rutland is published

Discover Rutland, which Rutland CAMRA is part of,  has produced a new guide to the county.

The guide also includes maps and money saving vouchers.

Available extensively across the county it can be down loaded here: