Blue Monkey Brewery was first established by John Hickling & Trevor Vickers (Nephew & Uncle) in 2008 in Ilkeston, a town in the UK situated roughly half-way between Nottingham and Derby.

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Today Blue Monkey Brewery produces 40,000 pints of beer a week from its showcase brewery near IKEA, Nottingham.

Over the years the company produced a vast range of products such as spun iron pipes, street furniture, lighting columns and even the cast-iron tunnel segments used in the construction of the London Underground and the Mersey Tunnel. It was also a vital producer of artillery shells in both world wars.

John’s Grandad, Tom Hickling, spent most of his working life operating the blast furnaces at Stanton. When the furnaces were in full production they produced huge blue flames that could be seen around the town. These blue flames, climbing into the night sky, were known by some locals as the ‘THE BLUE MONKEYS’.

In 2007 brewery won Champion Golden Ale of Great Britain with its 4.6% Infinity IPA.


Blue monkey has one of the world’s best-loved spirits, blue monkey has created a handcrafted Gin collection so enticing, its’s impossible to resist. We have carefully blended a selection of botanicals to create flavours for all tastes, from Rhubarb and Custard to Mango and Passionfruit and not forgetting our amazing Blue to Violet, which changes colour when you add your mixer.

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Blue Monkey also do tours that are usually take place on a Saturday and cost £15 per person and that will include a souvenir pint of glass, 2 pints of beer and some food. for more information please visit our website and look through the dates that are available please note there should be a maximum of 20 people.

The opening hours of our shop is 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday.

contact Blue Monkey Brewery

Blue monkey Brewery

Blue Monkey Brewery
10, Pentrich Road
Giltbrook Industrial Park
NG16 2UZ


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