Since 2005 Peak Ales have been brewing award winning beers on the Chatsworth estate. It all started in 2003 when Robert and Debra Evans had a carefully prepared plan to sell the house and uproot their family, leave secure jobs and set up a microbrewery in the Peak district. Rob knew he would only have one chance to get this right, working hard to find premises suitable to fit with his dream. Chatsworth suggested he take a look at Cunnery barn, half a mile from the Estate Farm Shop. The barn buildings were in disrepair but the potential was obvious. The perfect location had been found.
In 2005 after many hurdles, including building a new home for the resident barn owls, the first beer had been brewed. By 2012 it had become clear capacity at the barn had been reached so in 2014 they moved to a purpose built premises in the picturesque location of Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire. The barn is still used as a brewery visitor centre, gin distillery for the Chatsworth Estate gin and a 2.5 barrel pilot brewery.