Bishop Nick

Braintree, Essex
Year Founded:
Nearest Station:
Braintree (Greater Anglia)

Bishop Nick is a brewery of undeniable heritage. Founder and Head Brewer, Nelion Ridley is a member of the Ridley’s Brewery family who produced Essex beers from the banks of the River Chelmer for 163 years over 6 generations until 2005. Bishop Nick himself was also a Ridley – a Bishop of London martyred by ‘Bloody’ Queen Mary and burned at the stake in 1555!

Don’t be fooled by the brilliant Medieval style artwork on the bottles – these beers are not stuck in a bygone era.  From the ‘1555 Amber Ale’ through the American-style ‘Martyr IPA’ to the New Zealand hopped ‘Revelry’, Bishop Nick beers are full of surprises.  

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  • Martyr IPA
    Martyr IPA | IPA

    Martyr IPA is dedicated to our uncompromising Bishop, this hopped-up ale demands your full attention. Our American style IPA is fittingly strong and brash, unleashing full-on flavour. Washington native hops Willamette and Simcoe take centre stage to deliver a symphony of spicy floral bitterness, supported by a sweet malty backbone.

  • Ridley's Rite
    Ridley's Rite | Pale Ale

    A more traditional English style Pale Ale, Ridley’s Rite is a great session beer which won Silver Supreme Champion in the ‘Champion Beer of England’ competition at the Great British Beer Festival in August 2017.

  • Heresy
    Heresy | Golden Ale

    Bishop Nick was executed a heretic because he wouldn’t renounce his faith, so the brewery takes the same approach to this beer - which is their 'holy grail of golden ale'. Top-notch pale ale malt and Challenger hops commit the brew to spicy bitterness before Goldings set about delivering citrus and florals.

  • 1555
    1555 | Bitter

    Now this is a seriously full-bodied ale. No messing. Bishop Nick wasn’t burnt at the stake in 1555 so we could sit quietly and sip weak ale. Not a chance. This rich tawny beer is a tribute to defiance. With an unmistakably sweet nutty taste underlined by the ginger and fruit of Styrian goldings, 1555 shall not be moved.