Wye Valley Brewery

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Tour details

Groups

Tours for CAMRA groups and pub groups are being run, roughly once a week. Contact the brewery for dates and prices. When the new brewhouse comes into operation, the brewery hopes to be able to run more tours.

Visitors have a chance to see, smell and taste the raw ingredients as they tour the brewery, before finishing in the visitor centre bar for a tasting.

Local transport

Trains: Hereford

Shop

Sells Wye Valley Brewery beers, merchandise and other local products.

Course details

Cellar management courses are run for the trade; contact 01885 490505 for further details.

Opening times

Shop

Mon-Fri:  9am-5pm

Closed

Bank Holidays

Prices


Get in Touch

Tel: 01885 490505
Email: sales@wyevalleybrewery.co.uk
www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk

Facebook: Wye Valley Brewery
Blog: www.wyevalleybrewery.blogspot.com

Wye Valley Brewery
Stoke Lacy
Herefordshire County of
HR7 4HG
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Wye Valley Brewery has always been popular, but for it to win the inaugural BBC Good Food & Farming' Drinks Producer Award in 2010 was quite a coup. But then the Amor family's passion for flavour is equalled only by its keenness to use local ingredients. Alongside East Anglian Marris Otter malt, 80% of the hops come from within seven miles of the Stoke Lacy brewhouse.

Having trained with Young's brewery, current MD Vernon is following in his father, Peter's, footsteps, putting local and regional distribution of its cask ales ahead of national and international glory. Indeed, it was ex-Guinness brewer Peter's surprise when travelling in Scotland in the early 1980s and being unable to find truly local beer that spurred him into founding the brewery in the first place.

Yet no amount of good intentions will make up for poorly made goods, and the phrase that kept cropping up on the Good Food judges' lips was "moreishness". Having tasted a few of the range, I can see what restaurateur Mark Hix (who knows a thing or two about local beer himself, having commissioned his own range from Palmers), jovial food critica and author, Charles Campion, and BBC Food Programme's Sheila Dillon mean. The brewery has indeed created a range of tasty beers, along with their very own buxom icon, Dorothy Goodbody.

So what did the win mean for them? Website traffic trebled, local press turned up in droves, Market Kitchen's Big Adventure came knocking and online sales went "crazy", Wye Valley spokeswoman Jennie Hermolle tells DrinkBritain.com. "This year was our 25th Anniversary year, so it was a fantastic way to end a very special year. We are a small family-run brewery so to win such a prestigious national award was amazing."

Although you can't just turn up for a tour, the shop is open the times given, and tours can be arranged.

The brewery also owns four pubs, including its flagship hostelry, The Barrels, the former home of Wye Valley brewery and CAMRA's Herefordshire Pub of the Year four times out of the last ten years.

Don't miss

Peter Amor's monthly series of beer videos, joining top beer writer Pete Brown on britishbeervideoblog.blogspot.com

Silverware

  • Best Drinks Producer – BBC Food & Farming Awards 2010
  • Best Drinks Producer – Flavours of Herefordshire 2010
  • Dorothy Goodbody's Country Ale – SIBA Champion Bottled Beer 2010, Wales & West Region

Eco-friendly initiatives

  • Spent grain goes for animal feed, yeast waste goes to pigs
  • Hops are composted and spread back on the fields
  • Cask ale is produced in re-used packaging

Community

Wye Valley Brewery brewed Ark Ale in early 2011 as part of its support for the Noah's Ark Trust, a charity that offers bereavement support to children and young people in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire area. Available in the shop and soon online.

Membership

SIBA

A fuller tour review to follow after our visit