About Navigation Brewery
Navigation Brewery opened in April 2012 and has proved popular with real ale drinkers both in Nottingham and further afield. The brewery was formed and built from scratch by Nottingham pub group Great Northern Inns, industry stalwart Chris Cocking and CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer winner Dom Flynn.


Nottingham born and bred Dom Flynn started working in the brewing industry in 2002 at Kelham Island brewery where he learned the traditional brewing methods involved in making top quality cask ale. Within a few years, at the tender age of 25, Dom became Head Brewer of the CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain, winning with Kelham Island Pale Rider, a truly remarkable achievement for his age.

Whilst at Kelham Island he also brewed at Thornbridge Brewery and ventured abroad taking his skills across the pond as part of a brewer exchange with Brooklyn Brewery in New York. He continued his successful career at Derby Brewing Company before he jumped at the chance to move back to his native Nottingham. During his career he has won many more awards and medals for every style of cask ale, a habit he has continued since he arrived at Navigation Brewery winning a Bronze Medal at CAMRA Peterborough Beer Festival just four months after his first brew.

Dom is a big fan of Brewery Tours and wherever possible does the Navigation Brewery Tour personally, he likes to talk beer!


Chris is known to many and has worked in the wholesale as well as brewing trade for over 20 years. He emphasises working with great care, pride and passion to produce the finest ales available and understand the needs of the licensee and their customers in producing high quality cask ales.

After many years as Beer Seller Regional Sales Manager he became HB Clark’s Brewery and Cask manager before taking the leap to establish Navigation Brewery


GNI is one of the Nottingham’s leading and local independent pub groups that includes The Ned Ludd, The Cross Keys, The Southbank, The Approach, Trent Navigation and Copper. GNI was originally established in 1988 at The Fellows Morton and Clayton (including its own micro brewery) and despite deciding to hand that venue back to the Pub Co in 2009 they have gone from strength to strength. GNI has long been a supporter of cask ales and craft beer in the form of CAMRA, Locale and small brewery schemes. Now fully established as a major force for real beer drinkers Navigation Ales can be found throughout their pubs along with dozens of guest ales from all over the UK.


Here at Navigation Brewery we have a dedicated team working to ensure our products and customer service are of the highest quality.

We’re members of SIBA (DDS) and support CAMRA, The Robin Hood Beer Festival and Locale.

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