The taste of the North since 1901

Maxim Brewery began full production in Houghton le Spring in 2007.

To brew the best beers possible requires the best brewery equipment available. Our 20 barrel brewery equipment was previously at the Canongate Brewery on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. This was Scottish & Newcastle’s pilot brew house and as you would expect, was built to a very high specification. Indeed, it remains probably the best equipment of its size anywhere in the UK today. Our flexible Brewery with its special Lautering system allows us to brew between 3,000 and 17,000 pints per day and importantly ensures that we can maintain the highest quality and guarantee a regular supply of cask, keg and bottled beers to the drinkers of the North East and beyond.

The Malt

All our malt is UK sourced and of the finest quality. We are currently supplied by
the Crisp Malting Group of Great Ryburgh in Norfolk – Master Maltsters since 1870.

The Water

We always use the same source of water, with only slight treatment before being used in the brewing process. The Maxim Brewery is
supplied from the Derwent Reservoir on the border of County Durham and Northumberland, one of the biggest inland waters in England.

The Hops

Double Maximim and our strong ale, Maximus, use the finest English hops sourced
from Kent. Our other beers use various varieties of hops from both England and across the world.

The Yeast

We use our own strain of yeast which is cropped from each brew to be re-pitched in
subsequent brews ensuring the quality and consistency of the final beer.