Welcome to Artefact Brewing!
We are a tiny brewery based in a converted shipping container in Ixworth, near Bury St Edmunds. With a big range of beers, we aim to create seasonal brews with a small core range and sell mainly through local farmer’s markets, pubs, bars and restaurants, pub takeovers and monthly ‘drive throughs’ at the brewery.
Autumn / Winter drive through dates
Next open at the brewery Friday 1st December, 3pm till 6pm and Saturday 2nd 12pm till 5pm.
– Winter Brown Ale
– Wet hop harvest bier – collab with Brewshed
– Heritage Ruby Ale – just back in stock!
– Coffee Stout – this year with Columbian Aztec Gold coffee
– London Brown Ale
– 2023 barley wine – available from 1st December
Finally an ESB
Amber Haze IPA
December drive through and Christmas sales – 1st and 2nd December
National award win!
Our Heritage Ruby was lucky enough to pick up a National Silver Award from SIBA! One of our favourite beers, it was entered into the national competition as a Wild Card after winning Bronze regionally. Read more about it here.
Our beers range from our take on classic styles, such as our first release, the Dark Mild (released May 2020), to more experimental beers, including a Heritage Ruby Ale, Kviek Black IPA and Jasmine-tea-infused blonde. So far, we have developed more than 20 different beers and still have plenty of beers that we’d like to brew.
Being a very small brewery, passionate about creating lots of new beers, our stock levels will vary throughout the year and we have a seasonal approach to our core range. But, (hopefully) we will always have something new to tempt you!
Our drive throughs
We are open at the brewery on Bridge Farm in Ixworth, IP31 2HX, usually 3pm – 6pm on the first Friday of the month and 12pm till 4pm on the first Saturday of the month. Pop by and stock up on our bottled beer or pick up some fresh draught takeaway to enjoy at home!
Launching during the pandemic, we were lucky that breweries were classed as essential businesses so we could offer a monthly drive through to our customers to safely supply them with fresh, locally-brewed craft beer during the lockdowns.
And while these events remain popular, we will continue to offer them (until we are able to build a more permanent shop / tap room facility).
At the drive through you can pick up fresh draught beer and our full range of bottled beers – and, we try to launch brand new beers to our drive through customers before they are available anywhere else, to make it worth your time visiting us!
Currently, this is the only time we are open for sales at the brewery. Find us on the first Friday and Saturday of the month and keep an eye on our social media and email updates to find out where else we’re selling our beer throughout the month.
Head brewer, James, has been passionate about brewing beer at home for several years. With support from friends and family, and especially his wife and brewery co-founder, Kat, he started brewing ‘properly’ part-time in May 2020, progressing to full-time in April 2022.
It’s been an interesting time to try and launch our microbrewery and we are hugely grateful to everyone who has enjoyed our beers so far, and keeps coming back to buy them! It’s hard to stop and look back at everything we’ve done in such a short amount of time but we’re excited to keep brewing our beers and see what happens next.
James Phillips, Head Brewer and Co-founder
SIBA Beer Awards
Our Kveik Black IPA won National Bronze at the SIBA finals in Liverpool!
**DOUBLE Gold Award winners and one Silver**
We’re over the moon that our Dark Mild and Kveik Black IPA have both won a SIBA Gold Award in the East Region and are through to the national competition next year!
The Dark Mild won Gold in British Dark Beers up to 4.4% and the Kveik Black IPA won Gold in the Imperial IPA category. Our Jasmine Blonde also won Silver in the Speciality Light Beer category.
We’re overjoyed to have our beers recognised in these industry awards, which were judged blind. These are our first ever awards and we were up against some really well-established breweries, so it’s amazing to know we’re doing OK and this is more than just a home-brew dream!
Thank you for your support so far!
Highlights from our first year in business, launching during the pandemic.
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