I'm sorry to announce that after 18 years online, Beermad will be closing down later this year. Please see the announcement and explanation page for more details.
Beermad is here to document the wonderful range of Real Ales produced by the brewers of the British Isles. The database contains details of beers from every beer producer known to have been brewing in the British Isles since about 1976.
Beermad's aim is to list details of every Real Ale that's brewed regularly or seasonally/occasionally. The sheer number of special brews / one-offs / scoopers' "specials" / rebadges produced has made it ridiculously unfeasible to continue listing every beer produced by every brewery, though a large number (over 43 000 at the time of writing) of former beers (including one-offs) can be found in the database and a small number will continue to be added.
Only draught Real Ales are listed. Beermad doesn't list bottled beers (too big a job for a one-man operation), nor does it list keg beers; even though some modern craft keg brewers (such as Calvor's) produce some excellent beers, differentiating between keg beers worth listing and those which are not is too complex.
The beer lists are kept as up-to-date as possible by regularly monitoring approximately 1000 Web pages, checking for changes to breweries' published beer lists.
With a lot of new beers and an average of a dozen or so new producers being added every month, the Beermad database continues to grow apace. If you'd like to keep up-to-date with what's happening, you can can subscribe to Beermad's email alerts service.
A particular love of Beermad's editor is Belgian beer; if you'd like to know a bit more about the amazing beers from this under-rated country, have a look at the Beginner's guide to Belgian beer.
Beermad is a labour of love. It takes no commercial sponsorship and never will, so please be aware that if you email me suggesting I advertise your business, you'll get a very negative response (and it's amazing how many stupid people ignore this message).