Our History

• Built in 1855, our traditional floor maltings was designed around the rigorous protocols
of the Malt Tax (repealed in 1880)

• In 1905, our then proprietor Edwin Sloper Beaven (self taught barley breeder) bred the first genetically true barley variety in the world. He named it Plumage Archer

• In 1954 Beaven’s barley breeding programme was formally transferred to The Plant Breeding Institute at Cambridge (PBI). From this, and based on Plumage Archer,
the PBI bred Maris Otter in 1965

• In 2004, our proprietor, Robin Appel, purchased the production and marketing rights to Maris Otter from the PBI. Today Maris Otter continues to be the world’s foremost brewing barley,
and our most sought after malt

William Frank Morgan

Edwin Sloper Beavan

Robin Appel