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 pop-up shops (or drive throughs, as they started out) at the brewery.

Order online here, through Beautiful Beers, our bottle shop partner. 

 

Monthly pop-up shop 

Next open at the brewery Friday 7th June, 3pm – 6pm, and Saturday 8th June, 12am till 4pm. 

 

July annual beer festival 

For the third year in a row, we will hold our summer beer festival at the brewery over the last weekend in July – Friday 26th – Sunday 28th. 

 

Each day we will be joined by a different local food truck and a different live singer / band.  Set on our rural farm location, this event is very easy to access – just off the A143 in Ixworth. 

 

We offer a free, laid-back, family-friendly one-weekend only event at the brewery – showcasing as many of our beers as we can, with soft drinks, cider and wine also available. 

 

Book a free ticket – to help us plan. 

 

 

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About us

Artefact beer bottles header image

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 30 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!

Please note, we don’t currently have an online shop, however you can find out where you can order our beers online, here and you can see our full list of events and markets, here.

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! Please check our social media pages for the most recent updates. 

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 pop-up shop / drive through you can pick up fresh draught beer and our full range of bottled beers.  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 (once a month) we are open for sales at the brewery, as we both work on the brewery part time and attend a lot of markets and events as well, taking our beer to new people.

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. 

Founders Kat and James at the brewery

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

Early news updates – please note we are working on a new website at the moment.

SIBA Beer Awards – 2022

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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