About the Brewery
In 2011 three friends, with considerable experience in the brewing industry, decided that they would set up a new brewery, financed by friends and family.
Tom Knox had been head brewer at a well respected brewery where he gained 24 years experience in crafting beers that linger in the memory long after the glass has been drained.
Roger Clark had 35 years of experience in bringing cask ales to the drinking public.
Andy Bone had run a number of businesses including being MD of a brewery. (Despite being a scion of the Watney brewing dynasty, Andy is a dedicated fan of cask ales who has promised not to reintroduce the Party 7!)
Tom was heart-set on having a town centre brewery, but after weeks of searching for suitable premises, and with due consideration of the overheads of Colchester business rates and rents, reluctantly decided it was not practical. Fortunately, suitable premises became available in Wakes Colne, which is within the borough of Colchester and only a few minutes outside the town.
A lot of hard work saw the creation of the Viaduct Brewhouse, at Wakes Colne Business Centre, just north of the Chappel viaduct. Tom was adamant that he wanted to create real ale using traditional methods, and in particular the double-drop brewing process, despite the extra cost involved. All the stakeholders wanted to create the best possible brewery with beers to be proud of. The first brew - aptly named No.1 - was ready for sale by February 2012.
Our range of brews is now available in pubs in the area, and increasingly nationwide, and of course we are supplying beer festivals whenever we can!
Here is a picture of the brewery team in the early days:
Top: Danny Knox (Tom's dad, chief cask washer), Tom Knox, Dom Skeet (brewer) and Dean Elmer (delivery driver)
Middle: Carol Hill (sales), Roger Clark, Tanya Ellis (accounts)
Bottom: Gilly and Diesel, the dogs