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Canterbury, Kent

The Wantsum Brewery makes and sells great beers in the Cathedral city of Canterbury. They produce quality beers with passion, care and only the finest natural ingredients. Their beers are hand-crafted for our customers to enjoy time and again.


Wantsum Brewery is named after The Wantsum Channel which is the watercourse separating the Isle of Thanet and what was the mainland of the English county of Kent. During the time of King Henry VIII this channel was the mooring place of the Kings Fleet.


The brewery sits on what would have once been one of the major tributaries to The Wantsum Channel. In 2009, James Sandy started brewing “ Fortitude”, the first of what has become an extensive range of beers all named after pivotal events in Kent’s history.  Today the brewery proudly produces 10 regular ales and 5 seasonal ales which are sold to pubs and bottle outlets around East Kent.


Wantsum Brewery was originally a 6 British barrel brewery when it started and brewed 24 firkins a week. In 2012 it has grown to a 12 barrel brewery and the production has risen dramatically to 96 firkins a week.  They use British barley and a variety of hops from around the world including, of course, the excellent hops from Kent.

Hengist, 5.0% abv

Hengist is a Golden pale ale with flavours of biscuit malt balancing a long fruit hop 


Winner of the Dover Winter Beer Festival - Feb 2010

Bronze Medal at the South East Regional Championship - July 2010 & 2011

Miller's Mirth, 4.2% abv

Miller's Mirth is a copper coloured best bitter.   A blend of smooth toasted malts balance a four hop profile, giving breadth of flavour and depth.

Terbulent Priest, 4.4% abv


This is a full bodied bitter offering chocolate and coffee notes on top of a sweet  malt base.  New world hops give this beer bitterness tempered with deep fruity hop aromas.

1381, 3.8% abv

A golden IPA combining pale and crystal malts with Williamette and Centenial hops to give delicate citrus and herbal aromas.

Black Pig, 4.8% abv

Adapted from an imperial Russian porter recipe, this beer is incredibly smooth with burnt chocolate and smoky malt notes mixed with delicate hop bitterness and floral notes.

Made from 100% British Fuggles hops.

Dynomo, 4.6% abv

A crisp light golden ale, fruity and floral with an orange citrus twist.

More's Head, 3.4% abv

A chestnut coloured bitter providing malt and roasted grains balanced by fruit and floral hop bitterness with a hint of citrus.

Imperium, 4.0% abv

A deep amber Best Bitter with smooth biscuit malts and a hoppy nose.

Fortitude, 4.6% abv

A Best bitter combining four types of malts to give depth of body and English & American hops for a pronounced hop finish. 

Ravening Wolf, 5.9% abv

A tawny coloured ale with a mixture of Kentish hops that gives a balanced aroma and aftertaste.

One Hop, 4.5% abv

Available in different hop varieties throughout the year


A single hopped beer brewed to exemplify the unique properties of this hop variety.  

This beer is ochre in colour and has a smooth rich malt base.

Yellow Tail, 4.5% abv

A 5 hop spring ale.  Using New Zealand hops to create a sweet floral taste.   It is fruity with a hint of vanilla.  Pale in colour with mild malt flavours.

Black Prince, 3.9% abv

A rich, full bodied Kent mild, smooth on the pallet with subtle hop notes. 


Gold Medal at the South East Regional Championship - September 2012

Red Raddle, 5.0% abv

A 5 Hop, ruby red premium bitter with biscuit and toasted malt base supporting a broad hoppy smooth finish.

Wantsum Green Hop Ale, 4.5% abv

A green hop beer brewed using using hops from Kent.  This is brewed with 12 hours of the hops being picked and varies in taste depending on the hops used.

Golgotha, 5.5% abv

Rich, deep & broad malt basegives this oatmeal stout a very long smooth finish.  Hops are prominent on the nose with blackcurrant, liquorice and cedar.

Figgy Pudding, 4.5% abv

A dark chestnut coloured bitter, with soft toasted malt flavours enhanced by the addition of figs and black sultanas blended with spicy and caramel nosed hops.

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