Past & Present

Dr. William Okell, a Cheshire surgeon, started Okell's Brewery in Castle Hill, Douglas, Isle of Man in 1850. He was a man of singular drive and ambition - by 1874 Dr. Okell owned many of the pubs on the island, had convinced Tynwald (the Isle of Man's parliament), to create an act ensuring the purity of beer brewed on the Isle of Man, and built The Falcon Steam Brewery just outside Douglas.

THE MANX BREWING PURITY
LAW (1874)

‘No brewer shall use in the brewing, making, mixing with, recovering or colouring, any beer or any liquid made to resemble beer, or have in his possession any copperas, coculus indicus, nux vomica, grains of paradise, guinea pepper, or opium or any article, ingredient, or preparation whatever for, or as a substitute for malt, sugar or hops.’

Pure Brewing today

It's a continuing tradition...

We care about the beers we make, and for our Head Brewer Dr Mike Cowbourne, it's a never ending passion to create the perfect pint of Okell's.

Making the perfect pint from only 4 ingredients is a special skill handed down by generations of Master Brewers and having one of the very few Doctors of Biochemistry working as our head brewer, has a real influence on the complexity and taste of our beer recipes.

Continuing our tradition of innovation, Okell's has the only wide gap plate and frame heat exchanger for heating the wort in the Copper in the British Isles.

The pure proof is in the drinking. Check out today's extensive range of Permanent and Seasonal beers!