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.

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The finest ale is still put into barrels by Timothy Taylor of Keighley, Batemans of Wainfleet, Harveys of Lewes, Fuller’s of Chiswick, Joseph Holt of Manchester, and the Wye Valley Brewery. Others play their part, but that little lot is good enough.

No, we’re not kangaroos. We just love our hops. We use only the finest ingredients to make our beers; and source over 80% of our hops from farms within 10 miles of our brewery.

Wye Valley's beer line is based around three flagship beers: HPA (Hereford Pale Ale), a hoppy, malty pale brewed to 4.0% abv; Wye Valley Bitter, a session bitter at 3.7% abv; and Butty Bach (Welsh: little mate), a golden ale at 4.5% abv which the Good Beer Guide describes as: "A burnished gold, full-bodied premium ale."[1][14]

After 18 years in Hereford, in 2002 the brewery was relocated to the village of Stoke Lacy, in northern Herefordshire, and the original brewplant sold to Teme Valley Brewery.

When you drink Wye Valley ale, you’re always bumped up to first cask service. Our customers deserve the best.

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With direct distribution over a wide area and nationally via wholesalers, output grew steadily, and by the end of the decade the brewery was operating at full capacity. In 2001, part of the redundant premises of Symonds Cider of Stoke Lacy, between Hereford and Bromyard, was acquired and virtually all-new brewery was installed, coming on stream in Spring 2002. Since then, further equipment has been installed to meet growing demand

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Dorothy Goodbody is depicted in promotional materials as a blonde female with a face and physique similar to Marilyn Monroe, and usually wearing a low-cut blouse or dress with a high hemline. The sex appeal of this depiction was combined with extensive use of double entendre in the original campaign. [20]

Here to spook you out with a little spice, Headless Jack may look like a nightmare but it tastes like a dream.

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

The most notable of the beers in this line is Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout, a dark traditional stout at 4.6% abv which won the Champion Winter Beer Of Britain in 2002 and which is now produced year-round.[6]

In addition to the core beer line, a rotation of monthly ales is also produced.[15] A number of one-off beers have also been made for special events.[16][17]

Back by popular demand, The Hopfather is here to stay – a moreish, smooth-bodied red ale that’s simply to die for!

Whether you’re journeying from afar or nipping around the corner, you’ll always make the right choice with Three Wye’s Men.

It was another great event for our festival charity, Hope Support Services, who once again raised over 3,000 as well as helping with the running of the festival. Based in Ross-on-Wye, Hope provides support for children across Herefordshire whose parents have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

Wye Valley Brewery is a brewery in the village of Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England, in the Wye Valley. Founded in 1985 by Peter Amor, it has become "one of Britain's leading independent breweries".[2] In 2002 Peter Amor's son, Vernon Amor, became managing director.[3]

Wye Valley Brewery is a family-run business, dedicated to brewing the best cask and bottle-conditioned beer and championing the Great British pub as the heart of local communities. Learn more about how the Brewery began and our journey along the way.

31 years since we brewed our first real ale, we’re proud to unveil our first lager, ‘1985’ – a cool, crisp reminder of summer, in just one sip.

The Brewery shop is open during normal office hours, and brewery tours are available, by appointment, for groups of 10 or more.

Wye Valley Brewery owns The Barrels and The Britannia in Hereford, The Morgan in Malvern and The Rose and Lion in Bromyard; Peter Amor is the publican of The Barrels.[13] A further 400 outlets in Wales and England are supplied regularly, and beer is also sold in bottles.

Even before we learned that Beer on the Wye had been announced as finalists in the Visit Herefordshire Tourism Awards for 2016, this year's festival was already being heralded as probably the 'best ever' by organisers Herefordshire CAMRA.

Having left Guinness, Peter Amor set up the Abbey Brewery in Retford, Notts, in 1983. In 1985, the Abbey Brewery was moved to the Nags Head at Canon Pyon where it displaced another small brewery. Renamed Wye Valley, it started to serve the local trade as well as the Nags Head. The next year the brewery moved again, to premises at the rear of the Lamb Inn in Hereford, which was then renamed the Barrels. Brewing capacity was uprated in 1992.

And it's a festival for everyone too, as is evidenced by the comments of the young and old, men and women and those from all walks of life who say such nice things about the festival:

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.

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However, most satisfying this year was the record turnout for the Family Fun Day on the Sunday - it was a sight to behold to see so many families enjoying themselves. See, beer festivals really can be for everyone!

Monthly special brews are also produced, many of which commemorate local characters. These are notable for the high quality of the associated display material. Butty Bach and Dorothy Goodbody's Country Ale, Golden Ale and Wholesome Stout are available in bottle conditioned form.

Water, Pale Malted Barley, Crystal Malted Barley, Flaked Barley, Flaked Wheat, Fuggles Hops, Goldings Hops, Bramling Cross Hops, Yeast

Great beer brings people together. At Wye Valley Brewery, we’re on a mission to support the local communities we serve our beer in. That’s worth raising a glass for.

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.

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A fuller tour review to follow after our visit

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

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

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."

Wye Valley Brewery Ltd, Stoke Lacy, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4HG

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.