In 1994, Ray Welton sold his drinks wholesale business in pursuit of a bigger dream; to own his own brewery. By October 1995, the brewery was built on it’s first premises in Capel and started brewing signature beers that are still being brewed to this day.
Ray learnt to brew commercially with the help of retired King & Barnes head brewer, Fred Martin. Fred gave Ray some recipes that have now become signature beers. One of these recipes has not been brewed yet, but Ray has plans for an 11% stout, where this recipe would work perfectly.
North Downs Bitter was one such recipe and was the first beer Weltons brewed. Old Cocky, which has been the longest standing regular beer from Weltons’ collection, was the second beer to be brewed by this brewery. The cockerel featured on the pump clip signifies the Dorking emblem, Ray’s roots and the second home of Weltons Brewery.
In 1997, Weltons Brewery relocated to a larger premises in Dorking where the business grew, developed its trade and added more beers to the repertoire.
Local links were established with the Broadwood Morris Men and Weltons still sponsor the Day of Dance in May every year. These local links were further established after the brewery moved to its current home.
Weltons Brewery has been located in Horsham for over 15 years now and as a result has forged lifelong local links. Working alongside and supporting local causes, Weltons has been invalid in the community in Horsham through competitions, events and sponsorship.
Every year Welton Brewery hosts numerous events for the local community. From music festivals, to the Friday Pub and the launch of seasonal beers. You can find all of the upcoming events here.
Since 1995, Weltons have been forging links with the local Morris Men groups. Ewell St Marys Morris Men and the Broadwood Morris Men have been involved with Weltons Brewery for a long time, supporting the events and in return being sponsored by Weltons. Every October Weltons celebrate the launch of Horsham Old, an autumnal beer, at an event in the brewery. The local Morris Men entertain, whilst Ray supplies refreshments for the crowds.