Cotleigh Brewery began life in Devon in 1979, in the old stable block of Cotleigh Farmhouse at Washfield near Tiverton. The original operation consisted of five barrels, brewing the still popular Tawny Bitter. Immediate success meant that in 1980 the brewery moved to Somerset and into the current brewing site in Wiveliscombe. It's original owner Ted Bishop was succeeded in the early 80's by John and Jenny Aries, a husband and wife team, who built upon the brewery's success. The brewery expanded in 1985 in order to fulfil ever-increasing demand.
In 2003 the brewery was taken over by business partners Fred Domellof and Steve Heptinstall. The new partners are determined to build upon the success of John and Jenny Aries. But one thing Steve and Fred will not do is change the taste of the beers - "We bought the brewery because we were so impressed with the taste and quality of the beers". In June 2005 Cotleigh Brewery was awarded 'Drinks Producer of the Year 2005' by readers and judges of 'Somerset Life' magazine.
There are now exciting plans for a shop and a museum at the brewery. Premises have been secured to aid this expansion and if the past 25 years are a measure of success then the next 25 can only get better. The Cotleigh team is committed to excellence and it is precisely this that ensures attention to detail and quality.