Instant Karma Brewery

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The Instant Karma brewery in the Rykneld Turnpyke

This project was for the creation and installation of a new “real-ale” micro-brewery in a disused former family club in Clay Cross. Real ales are made from only natural ingredients, similar to the Rheinheitsgebot of 1516.

Built in 1911, the building had been empty following a fire in 2009. The building has now reopened as a public house called The Rykneld Turnpyke (named after the Roman Road, Icknield Street) with the micro-brewery installed to the rear of the premises.

The bar sells 12 hand-pulled real-ales both from the Instant Karma brewery and other local micro-breweries along with ciders, lager beers and continental bottled beers.

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The Instant Karma Brewing Room

The project received LEADER funding of £25,350 (€31,444) and opened in December 2012. The new public house and micro-brewery will create 14 new jobs (13.33 full time equivalent).


The brewery played host to a delegation of Councillors from North East Derbyshire's twin town of Darmstadt-Dieburg in Germany. The visit, on 16th October 2013 was to celebrate the 50th Twinning anniversary of the two towns. The photograph shows (L - R) Cllr Ken Savidge, Chair BNED Leader, Bärdel Hille, Landrat (Leader) Klaus Peter Schellhaas, Cllr Graham Baxter MBE, Leader NEDDC, Kreistagsvorsitzende (Chair) Dagmar Wucherpfennig and Ehemaliger Landrat (Former Leader) Alfred Jakoubek.

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Owner, Glyn Clarke behind the bar

Councillor Ken Savidge, Chair of the BNED LEADER Local Action Group said “The re-opening of the former Egstow Family Club has been a huge success. The pub is a welcome addition to the facilities that Clay Cross has to offer and the fact that new jobs have been created is a welcome bonus. The new brewery is now attracting new people to Clay Cross which is great for the town, local business and the local economy.”

Owner, Glyn Clarke commented "The LEADER funding has meant that quality equipment could be installed in the brewery from the word Go. Without this grant, the brewery would not be here at this time."