In 1874, George & Suzanna Bateman decided to sell their farm and purchase a small brewery in Wainfleet in Lincolnshire. For more than 100 years and 4 generations, the Batemans continued to build their family brewery, becoming one of England's most respected producers of traditional cask ales.
As the market for cask ales had nearly disappeared by 1970, the future of the Batemans brewery was very much in doubt. However the emergence of CAMRA resurrected the cask beer movement. For Batemans, the tide shifted dramatically in 1986 when its flagship Triple XB (XXXB) Premium Ale was judged Beer of the Year, at the Great British Beer Festival. Triple XB (XXXB) would continue to add multiple awards over the next several years, and become one of England's best-loved Ales.
Still under family leadership, Stuart and Jaclyn Bateman have expanded the range of beers to include a wide variety of award-winning cask and bottled ales - now returning to the U.S. after a 10-year absence.