The story of the Rebellion Brewery starts in 1987 with the
closure of the Marlow based Thomas Wethered Brewery. Two friends,
Tim Coombes and Mark Gloyens, had gone through school together at
Sir William Borlase, at a time when the old Wethered brewery was in
full production with the smell and noise from the brewery clearly
marking Marlow out to locals and visitors alike as a brewing town.
Having discussed the idea to set up in business together earlier in
their careers, and watching the old brewery close, the idea started
to take shape of reviving Marlow tradition in 1991. After a couple
of years of planning, research and failed attempts to secure small
premises on the old brewery site, which was owned by Whitbreads,
the Rebellion Brewery was established on the Rose Industrial Estate
in Marlow Bottom in April 1993.
In 1999 the brewery moved to its current premises on Bencombe
Farm, occupying the old grainstore and other redundant farm
buildings. Most of the brewing equipment installed was purchased
2nd hand from other breweries that had closed down over the years.
This equipment was used until 2016 when brand new equipment was
installed, doubling the brewing capacity to 50 brewers' barrels
(14,400 pints per brew). 2015 also saw the opening of the new
on-site brewery shop, giving our customers the chance to try our
beers and take home brewery fresh beer to enjoy at home.
Photos from Becombe Farm 1998, the start of work on the