Back in 2012 after 17 years in the IT industry, brewery owner Richard Padmore felt like a change to something more 'hands-on', more rewarding, using more of the practical skills he'd built up over the years. A year later he found himself in a position where he could take that leap with the help of a redundancy package. Leap made, there remained the decision over what direction this would take.

Spending time with a friend in Cheshire over many a pint of decent ale, led to a desire to develop a new microbrewery. He spent the next 2 years putting money aside to fund the dream, whilst continuing to work freelance in IT. 2015 saw the purchase of the equipment from an established brewery Owenshaw Mill Brewery previously based in Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire.

Premises were secured in an old rustic building alongside the Don Navigation in Mexborough, an industrial area famed for it's glass and bottle production at the turn of the 19th century. Work started in preparing the building and the vessels were installed in the first half of 2016.

The rest as they say, is history.

Our logo is taken from the paintings on the side of Thomas Barron Ltd Glass Bottle Works a stones throw from the brewery.

We intend to hold small brewery tours in the near future - be sure to check back for more details on this.

Hitchcock 3.8% ABV

Colour: Blonde
Flavour: Citrus, Floral, Spice

Named after Alfred Hitchcocks casting preference for blonde actresses such as Grace Kelly, this is a Blonde Ale with class.

Gongoozler 4.1% ABV

Colour: Dark Stout
Flavour: Roasted Malt, Hints of Citrus & Honey

The brewery sits adjacent to the Don Navigation and we often watch the boats passing by - known as gongoozling by the canal fraternity.

Ribblehead 4.0% ABV

Colour: Lager
Flavour: Earthy Spice, Orange and Grapefruit

Named after a favourite place in North Yorkshire, the Ribblehead Viaduct. Anyone who’s walked the Yorkshire
Three Peaks will know.

Watson 3.8% ABV

Colour: Pale
Flavour: Citrus, Spice

Watson owes it’s name to a good friend who unknowingly inspired us to create Don Valley Brewery - cheers Dan!


Unit 3, Canalside Industrial Estate, Glasshouse Lane, Mexborough S64 9HU

Landline: 01709 580 254
Mobile: 07766 203 585

We recognise that taking on a new beer is risky if you haven’t tried it. That’s why we intend to install pumps in our new bar to allow you to sample the beer at your leisure. We can also offer special terms to de-risk that first cask. Just let us know how we can help you.

We’re primarily geared up to supply 9 gallon and 4.5 gallon casks for traditional beer engine (handpump) delivery. We are also looking to trial the use of a special disposable keg with live beer that can be used with either a font or beer engine and extends the life of the ale in the container after the first pint is drawn.

If you’re interested in purchasing our beers, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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 Hitchcock Gongoozler Ribblehead Watson