Built from passion and with a desire to create quality ales, Donkeystone is more than a just a brewery, we are community and built from the very earth we all grew up in.
The origins of our compulsive behaviour began in 2017 when Stephen James started Donkeystone Brewing Co. He set himself the task of creating artisan beers in the heart of Saddleworth by searching out people with the ability to approach life almost entirely in terms of hops, malts, and brewing materials. Now after brewing over 27 different beers Donkeystone Brewing Co is only just hitting it’s stride by producing award winning craft beer of all styles. The brewery is constantly growing and evolving but one thing remains true and that is our lives revovle around making the best craft beer. Is it unfair to say we are obsessed with brewing craft beers? We would say it’s an understatement.
Two friends in a pub in Greenfield decide to pursue their love of real ales, what become idle chatter then became stuff of ideas, these ideas propelled into learning and understanding a craft which led to Donkeystone being incorporated with experienced brewers and passionate tasters.
Alexander Smalley was successfully producing gin locally known as Saddleworth Gin. Finding a kindred spirit in Stephen James’s passion for artisan brewing they bonded and formed Grail Distillery. A unique alchemy was created and Grail’s proposition to challenge the taste buds and olfactory senses of spirit lovers found a new home.
Our dedicated App was launched during the lockdown of 2020 and has been strong with customers worldwide!
In September 2021 we moved to our new location, still in Greenfield, we have a bigger kit and a bigger taproom. Yay!