Wychwood Brewery

Features

  • Tours Tours
  • Shop Shop
  • Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access
  • Public Transport within 5 miles Public Transport within 5 miles
  • Eco Initiatives Eco Initiatives

Tour details

Individual

Weekends throughout the year.
Duration roughly two hours. Minimum age: 12. Pre-booking is essential

Groups

By arrangement, evening tours for groups of up to 20. Each evening is tailored to suit the requirements of the visiting group.

Brewery store

Alongside its beers and those of others, a good array of the brewery's cult-appeal clothing

Wheelchair access

The brewery, but not the bar or store

Public transport

Bus: Oxford S1 & S2

Course details

Wychwood welcomes contact from colleges who wish to have an overview of the brewery including the brewing process, history and its future. We are able to accommodate English speaking overseas students and end with a Q&A session. These are non-profit making events.

Opening times

Shop

 All year

Mon-Sat: 10am–5pm

Tours

Sat: 2pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm
Sunday:
2pm, 2.30pm
 

Closed

 Christmas

 

Prices

Adults: £6.50

Groups

Price on application

Get in Touch

Tel: 01993 890800
Email:
info@wychwood.co.uk
info@brakspear-beers.co.uk
www.wychwood.co.uk
www.brakspear-beers.co.uk

Online booking is possible for tours

Facebook: Hobgoblin – British beer needs you

Wychwood Brewery
Eagle Maltings, The Crofts
Witney
Oxfordshire
OX28 4DP
Javascript is required to view this map.

Near the medieval forest of Wych Wood on the edge of the market town of Witney you'll find the home of Hobgoblin, a creature of legend with a fanbase the world over.  The home of Britain’s third bestselling bottled premium beer, Wychwood Brewery receives thousands of visitors, a fifth from outside these shores, and interest is never greater than at Hallowe'en.

Weekend tours kick off with a half pint in the Cellar Bar, while your guide fills in a bit of brewing history. Following a lively tour of the premises – you’ll certainly smell the malts and aromas and, depending on when you visit, you might see yeast flowing over the square fermenting vessels – it's back to the bar, for a tutored tasting of some of the bottled beers.

Wychwood has been sharing its site since the mid-2000s with Brakspear, since the latter’s purchase by parent brewer, Marstons. Ever mindful of Brakspear’s loyal following, most of Brakspear’s original brewing kit made the journey from Henley to Witney, including its unique ‘double drop’ system, designed to give the beer a breath of air during fermentation. Housed in the results of a £1m-pound refurbishment, visitors get a good view from the brewing platform. 

Don’t miss

  • the Wychwood website – with its quirky characters and cartoon-like rendering, you’ll think you’re in another land
  • Oxford Ale Trail – pick up your map and collect stamps for pints of Brakspear quaffed in designated Oxford pubs to earn yourself a t-shirt and – at the last stop – your free pint

Silverware

  • Hobgoblin – It’s hard to top being the beer presented to the US president by prime minister David Cameron

Community

Wychwood donates on a weekly basis to charity and hosts three or four charitable fundraising tours each year

Eco-friendly initiatives

  • Lighter bottles
  • Spent grain & hops are put to good use, primarily as cattle or horse feed
  • One of the UK’s leading organic beer producers

Anything else?

Over 500 people join the locals each year for Wychwood’s Hallowe’en gathering. Along with the ceremonial Grand Lighting of the Pumpkins and traditional pursuits such as pumpkin carving and apple bobbing, there’s magicians, birds of prey, story tellers, and – of course – Hobgoblin served at the bar.

Visited Spring 2010