Robinsons Brewery

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Robinsons Brewery is a family run, regional brewery founded in 1849 at the Unicorn Inn in Stockport. The company owns more than 300 public houses that are primarily within the North West region, along with several managed houses.

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery

Bottling Plant

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery  the first bottles on the line

Bottles on the line

William Robinson bought the Unicorn Inn on the 29th of September 1839; this is where his son George brewed the first Robinsons Ale in 1849. Ten years on from this Frederic Robinson took over from George and purchased a warehouse at the rear of the inn to develop its brewing capacity; from here Robinsons Ale became available at pubs across the Stockport area.

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery  Pictured the bottling plant

The Bottling Plant

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery  Pictured the bottling plant

The Bottling Plant

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery  Pictured the bottling plant

The Bottling Plant

As a way to regulate the quality if the ale being sold in the public houses, Frederic began to purchase them. This meant that from 1978 up until his passing in 1890 he managed to establish twelve pubs that exclusively served his ale; he set the ball rolling for what has now become an acquisition of over 300 pubs. The Unicorn Brewery still stands on the foundations of the public house on Lower Hillgate, it is also still a family ran business by the fifth and sixth generations of the Robinson family.

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery  Pictured the bottling plantRobinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery  Pictured the bottling plant

The Bottling Plant

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery  Pictured the bottling plant

The Bottling Plant

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery  Pictured the bottling plant

The Bottling Plant

The company did take over Hartley’s Brewery in Ulverston in the early 80’s, they closed the brewery and transferred the brewing of Hartley’s beer to Stockport in ’91. However, they have acquired many breweries through their successful years including John Heginbotham – Stalybridge, T. Schofield & Son – Ashton-under-Lyne, Kays Atlas Brewery – Ardwick and Bell & Co – Stockport.

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery  Malt Cereal grain

Malt Cereal Grain

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery

Brewing beer formation

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery

Brewing beer formation with head brewer Martyn Weeks

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport

The Unicorn Brewery is a traditional tower and is one of the few buildings that are still being used in its original function, it is possible to tour the brewery at the Robinson’s Brewery Visitor Centre in Stockport. Robinson’s providing casking, kegging and bottling services to other brewery from their other site in Bredbury.

Robinsons Brewery in Stockport brew the first production of LionHeart for Brookfield Brewery  Pictured the bottling plant

The Bottling Plant

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