About Us

The Cliff Quay brewery was started by Jeremy Moss (formerly head Brewer at the Wychwood brewery) and John Bjornson.  It is an offshoot of the successful Earl Soham Brewery.

We started brewing in  February 2009 in the old loading bay of the former Tolly Cobbold Brewery in Ipswich on the Cliff Quay. The Tolly Brewery is located in the heart of the industrial dock area of Ipswich, and is a hugely historic site with brewing being carried out here since the 170’s.

The rest of the brewery was due to be redeveloped but due to the dire state of the economy and property in particular the start date went further and further back. At the same time as opening the brewery we took on the lease of the Brewery tap, this is now run very successfully by Mike and George Kean, as a separate business, but they are very supportive of our beers, and are proud of the link to the brewery.

By 2012 it was becoming obvious that the old loading bay we were located in, which was not part of the Victorian brewery, was coming to the end of its natural life. So we took the reluctant decision to relocate. After much hard looking, we found a site in Debenham not far from our sister brewery in Earl Soham . This new site makes it much more logistical sense, so now we spend more time brewing and less time shuffling through the traffic between the 2 site.

The brewery’s connection with the Tolly Cobbold site, adjacent to the Brewery Tap pub, may be revived as part of a £30 million proposal to redevelop the area with a hotel, flats, gym and supermarket.

We have been involved with discussions with the owners of the site, Cliff Quay Developments Ltd, about the possibility of setting up a nano brewery within the original Victorian building, supplying the Brewery Tap and a small number of local free houses , but we need fairly quickly to find a new site.


So we have now moved in to our new home, and have been brewing here since August 2012. In addition to the brewery we have our offices located in a separate unit on the industrial estate and also a shop.

We are proud of our products. We select our materials to give the best flavour and quality. We hope that you enjoy discovering the beers that we brew.

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