Shipstone’s is back!

Shipstone’s, one of the best-loved names in Nottingham brewing, is set to return after a 20-year hiatus.

The iconic Nottingham brand will once again be stocked in pubs, bars and retail outlets after being bought back by Nottingham-based, Richard Neale, who after working for international drinks company AB-InBev for 16-years, has acquired the rights to the Shipstone’s name.

Richard has been working with Colin Brown, a former brewer at Shipstone’s Star Brewery, to ensure the beer follows in the footsteps of 150 years of brewing history and tradition.

Richard Neale, founder of the new Shipstone’s Beer Company, commented on the relaunch:

“Being a Nottingham boy myself, Shipstone’s holds a lot of memories as being something the city was proud of. This is why I wanted to bring it back with the brand’s history and heritage at its heart.

“Shipstone’s is one of the best loved brands from Nottingham and has been on an incredible journey. Starting back in 1852 when James Shipstone’s opened his first brewery in Nottingham. The company stayed in the family for 120 years before being sold in 1978, leading to brewing in the city ending in 1990.

“I am honored to bring back such a fantastic local name. I spent a great deal of time going through the Shipstone’s archives to ensure that the beer is as true to the original family recipe as possible.”

Richard already has plans in place to move into cask production and expand the Shipstone’s range to include a series of original craft beers.

Colin Brown, Shipstone’s Bitter brewer added:

“When Richard approached me to help blend a Shipstone’s beer, I wanted to ensure that it did justice to the great name and brand that has been built over the last 150 years.

“The beer has been brewed with a focus on local knowledge and ingredients, creating a truly distinctive and dynamic flavor that captures the very essence of traditional brewing.”

Shipstone’s Bitter will initially be available in 500ml bottles, carrying an ABV of 3.8%.


  1. Hi, really great to see this project.
    I really enjoyed the bottle, but when I got to taste the Cask at the Ned Ludd in Nottingham, I was blown away by it’s smooth mouth feel. Delicious.

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