We are on a mission.

One that pushes us to not only produce the best beer experiences in the world, but to leave a lasting, positive impression on the North, it’s communities and our environment.

Northern Monk started life in a parent’s cellar with a £5000 gift from a grandparent. Inspired by these origins and an ambition to give back wherever we can, we are launching the For the North Foundation.

The For the North Foundation will allow us to support the people who share our values, and our passion for the North.


The For the North Foundation will see £5000 grants offered to businesses, charities and projects which aim to provide a genuine benefit to the communities they serve, or reduce environmental impact in the North.

These grants are not for personal gain, nor for the commercial gain of Northern Monk. This Foundation has been developed out of our passion and commitment to the North.


We’ve been taking submissions for the Foundation via this webpage since September, due to the volume and quality of the applicants we’ve received so far, we’re closing applications for a short while whilst we review the submissions already received.

Full Terms, Conditions and Legal Information can be found here.


In August, our Founder, Russell, Head Brewer, Brian, Brewer, Tom and Northern Monk Patron Haze Outdoors climbed to the top of Ben Nevis to brew the UK’s highest altitude beer on the summit of the mountain. You can watch a video documentary of the trip on our YouTube channel. This 11% barrel aged Imperial Stout is made from ingredients foraged from the mountain itself, including blaeberries that were collected on the ascent, and ‘dew of Ben Nevis’ water. Once the beer reached the ground, it was aged for two months in a Ben Nevis Distillery whisky barrel.

The first 10 bottles were put to auction, and raised enough money for us to award our first two grants. The remaining 40 are currently for sale on our webshop for £150, every penny from the sale of these bottles will be donated to the For the North Foundation. Bottles are numbered and signed by the team that brewed the beer on top of the mountain, and are packaged in a presentation box alongside a booklet of photography from the trip up Ben Nevis. You can purchase the beer here

If you have any questions about the Foundation, you can contact us via