A Brief History of the Maxim Brewery
Following the closure of Vaux Brewery Sunderland and Wards Brewery, Sheffield on
2nd July 1999, the Double Maxim Beer Company Ltd was established the following year
by ex Vaux and Wards employees.
The initial aim of the new business was to sell and market the famous Northern beers
from the Vaux and Wards portfolio in bottles that discerning beer drinkers had drunk
The long term aim for the business was always to return to brewing in the North
of England. The success of the bottled beer business and support of our consumers
has made this possible with the new purpose built site at Houghton Le Spring.
The 20Brl brewery was previously the Canongate Brewery and was located on the Royal
Mile in Edinburgh. This was S&N’s pilot brew house built to very high specification
and is probably the best equipment of its size anywhere in the UK. Double Maxim
Beer Co bought all the plant and equipment in 2006 and spent most of 2007 commissioning
The last two years have seen a steady growth of the business and we now have been
joined by two Brewers ex Tyne and Federation Breweries who are able to produce some
fantastic new cask beers for new and existing customers.
The renamed Maxim Brewery is now able to brew bottled beers that are available across
the UK and can now brew and sell cask beers in the North East and Yorkshire.
Cask beers regularly available are Samson (4% ABV), Double Maxim(4.7%ABV), Wards
Best Bitter (4%ABV), Lambton’s (3.8%ABV) and Maximus (6.0%).
Seasonal Beers are now being regularly produced for example Boxing Hare a 4.1% Spring
Chocolate Ale and Swedish Blonde 4.2% a fruity pale ale.
WITH ITS COMBINATION OF VAUX, WARDS, FEDERATION and NEWCASTLE BREWERIES EMPLOYEES,
S&N EQUIPMENT FROM EDINBURGH, HISTORIC NORTHERN BRANDS AND NEWLY CREATED BEERS.
MAXIM BREWERY IS PROUD TO CONTINUE TO BE PART OF THE GROWING INDEPENDENT NORTHEAST
WE HOPE YOU ENJOY OUR BEERS