The complex of buildings that make up the present brewery is an amalgamation of two breweries with a 1938 brewhouse tower in the middle
Above: the Westgate Brewery, dating from the early 1700's which was purchased by Benjamin Greene in 1806. He had been brewing in Bury St Edmunds since 1799, the date the company regards as it's foundation.
Today a pipe connects the former Westgate Brewery to the brewhouse as this side of the brewery is used for fermentation.
Above and below: the East side of the brewery, formerly Frederick King's brewery. The two breweries were merged in 1887 to form Greene King & Sons
Below: the former barley store
Above: Looking eastwards from the tower, King's Brewery
Above: Looking south from the tower brewhouse, the flat-roofed building is the packaging department
Above: Looking West from the tower brewhouse, the Westgate (Greene's) Brewery
The roof of the tower brewhouse houses the liquor tanks for the brewery as well as giving spectacular views of Bury St Edmunds.
Working our way down the brewery we have the grist mills
The large silos underneath the mills
The masher, looks like a Steele's Masher, leading to the copper mash tuns
Above: the rather modern-looking copper
Below: In a corner of the brewery, sits the St Edmund Brewhouse, a 30 barrel microbrewery that can brew short-run brews, craft beers and experimental brews
One of the fermenters in the Westgate side, unfortunately the tour did not include any of the wooden fermenters still used to brew Old 5X, which is rarely sold but instead used as a base for other beers such as Strong Suffolk.
The tasting room, a good tutored tasting was given on the beers here
No visit to Bury St Edmunds would be complete without a visit to Britain's smallest pub, the Nutshell
There is another brewery in the town, also worth visiting, the Old Cannon Brewery