There are records from the early 19th century of four breweries, one owned by a banker named Stephen Tunks, that stood on the site of the present day Ringwood Brewery. Of the four, none survive today. The last to close was Carters on West Street, in 1923.
In 1978, Ringwood Brewery was established.
Ringwood Brewery founder Peter Austin was an influence on Britain's craft brewery rebirth in much the same way that Fritz Maytag of San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company and Pierre Celis of Belgium's Hoegaarden Brewery were to their countries. However, Austin had a much more direct role in brewery development through his consulting business and equipment sales. Several American craft brewers use his equipment: Geary's Brewing, Shipyard and Middle Ages Brewing Company.
In 2013, Ringwood underwent a full re-brand, and the ABV of Old Thumper was reduced from 5.6% to 5.1%.
In 2015, Ringwood Best Bitter was rebranded as Ringwood Razorback.
- Razorback (previously Best Bitter) – 3.6%. - Bitter
- Boondoggle – 4.2% - Blonde Beer
- Forty Niner – 4.9%. - golden ale
- Old Thumper – 5.1%. - Strong ale, used to be as strong as 6%, then 5.8%, now 5.1%
- Scuttle Butt - 4.0%. Amber ale
- Young Scrumper - 4.0%. Blonde ale
- Filly Drift - 4.7%. Bitter
- Showman’s Tipple - 3.8%. Bitter
- True Glory - 4.5%. Amber ale
- XXXX Porter - 4.7%. - Porter
- Shy Giant - 4.5% - NE IPA
- Seventy Eight Spring Ale 4.2% alcohol by volume, special brew produced in 2008 to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the brewery.
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