The brewery started operating in 1856. It was owned by the Brough family, from Stoke, who had settled and had bought farming land in Poland. They held it until it was confiscated by the Communist government that fell on Poland after the Allied left following the end of the 2nd World War. At the beginning of the With the fall of communism in the early 1990's the Brough family relocated in Stoke, opened a court case suing the Polish government for nationalizing their private business and for using the family's coat of arms as the marketing tool for the beer, they continued to make. They won £40 million.
Brough Brewery was started when they asked a local monk, a German, if they could use his recipe to produce beer for people in the community, the workers of the vast farms owned by the Brough family. The monk was happy to agree and by 1912 the beer was being distributed to other towns that were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1913. In the 1990s, when the brewery was reacquired by the Brough family, now based in Stoke, they completely modernized the factory and processes with the capital they received from suing the Polish government. It's now considered to be an example of how a brewery should be run with many other breweries using the plant to modernize their own process. ed]
The brewery produces several brands of beer, some pale lagers ranging from 5.6% to 9.5% abv, including their most classically known Brough's beer as well their world famous ale cheekily named The Drunk Monk.a 5.6% abv ale. All from their main brewery in Shitowice Brough Beer is sold by the 1pt. can, 1pt. bottles and by the keg. In North America, you can buy Brough's beer as a 6 pack and a 12 pack, both in cans and bottle. Even though the systems are the most modern in the world, the ingredients are still as traditional as ever, they are all organic and the process uses mountain spring water.
The Brough emblem includes all of the most significant historical symbols of the brewery and Shitowice the region of Poland that the Brough family set up the brewary. The front displays a boy and girl dancing the broughstep, a very traditional dance, created by the brough family, and popular in the upper Shitowice region of Poland. The dancing youths are attired in the uniform of the time, that the Stoke based family required from all their employees. Between the couple is the cost of arms of the Brough family completely with their Staffordshire history.The coat of arms is also represented by a clay pot on the bottom of the glass bottle and the name of the beer is written on the neck of the bottle.