About Us

Located in Nottingham, just a stone's throw from the iconic Trent Bridge, our brewery combines historic Victorian premises, cutting-edge technology and a passionate team of brewing experts.

The brewery is situated in the old stable block behind the Trent Navigation Inn and has undergone as huge transformation to house our high-tech brewing equipment: history and tradition meets cutting-edge innovation (just like our beers)..

We believe that good beer deserves the best kit so our brewing equipment was specially constructed for us and includes our own kegging facilities, a three head automated washer filler and special filtering equipment imported from the Czech Republic (we heard they know a thing or two about great beer).

The brewery itself opened in 2012 and after our latest refit, now has the capacity to brew 180 Brewer’s barrels a week – in drinkers’ terms, that’s 52,000 pints a week and almost 3 million a year!

As well as producing a wide range of cask ales, we are one of a handful of craft breweries with the capacity and expertise to brew, filter & keg our craft range onsite, ensuring the quality and consistency of our beer is at the highest standards.

In 2012, Great Northern Inns (Nottingham’s leading independent pub group) teamed up with industry stalwart, Chris Cocking and esteemed head brewer, Dom Flynn, to create Navigation Brewery, with the clear goal of producing exceptional beer.

Nottingham boy Dom Flynn started making beer in 2002 at Kelham Island. He’s also brewed at Thornbridge and has exported his skills across the pond as part of a brewer exchange with Brooklyn Brewery in NYC. Dom continued his glittering career at Derby Brewing Company before jumping at the chance of an emotional homecoming here in Nottingham at Navigation Brewery.

Dom's too modest to shout about the numerous awards and accolades he’s gained over the years (but we’re not – he’s won loads of prestigious awards for his brilliant brewing skills of all types of beer, a habit he’s continued here at Navigation Brewery).

Our team are dedicated and passionate about great beer. Across all areas and levels of the brewery, we work hard to ensure our outlets and drinkers receive the best beer possible and the highest standards of service.

A tour of our brewery building is an absolute must for anyone interested in beer, Nottingham’s local history or just fancies learning about how real ales and craft beer is made.

Navigation Brewery tours are a great start to a day at the cricket or as a pre-match warm up as we’re in easy walking distance of the historic Trent Bridge, Meadow lane and Nottingham Forest’s City Ground. The tours are designed to be informative and entertaining, with any questions welcomed.

Brewery tours consist of a guided walk through the brewery with one of our brewers to learn about the traditional methods of real ale brewing and how Navigation Brewery produces its fine ales and craft beers. You will be able sample a range of our cask ales over some real pub food made with local produce and Navigation Ales in the brewery tap, The Trent Navigation Inn.

The Brewery itself was built in early 2012 using the latest technology and is housed in the old stable block of The Trent Navigation Inn where Victoria canal workers slept in small dorms above their hard-working horses before continuing their journey along Nottingham and Grantham canals. Throughout the years it has been a much loved traditional pub but was closed and neglected before being added to the thoroughbred stable of Great Northern Inns. We have recently added to the brewery facilities to accommodate our expanding range of real ales and craft beers, with the capacity to produce almost 3 million pints each year.

Tours can be booked on various days and times through the week, usually including a sit-down meal in the brewery tap and can be arranged to suit the needs of your group.

Get in touch here for more information or to book your tour.

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Navigation Brewery Ltd, Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HS . Company no. 7808293 Tel: Admin & Sales - 0115 986 9877 | Brewery - 0115 986 9001

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