Wye Valley Brewery

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Wye Valley Brewery
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
Founded1985
FounderPeter Amor
Headquarters
Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire
,
UK
ProductsBeer
Production output
180 bbl/day[1]
Websitewyevalleybrewery.co.uk

Wye Valley Brewery is a brewery in the village of Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England. Founded in 1985 by Peter Amor.[2] Vernon Amor, Peter Amor's son, became managing director in 2002.[3]

History and location[edit]

Wye Valley Brewery is a family business started by former Guinness brewer, Peter Amor, in the summer of 1985. After brewing for Guinness, Peter Amor decided to branch out on his own. He began brewing from the back of a pub in Canon Pyon, Herefordshire, but soon moved to the old stable block of The Barrels in Hereford – Wye Valley Brewery's first pub.[4]

Meanwhile Vernon Amor, after studying at Young's brewery in London, joined the brewery to help with the demands of the growing business. By 2002, the brewery had outgrown its stable block at The Barrels, and Peter and Vernon were on the look-out for bigger premises. A 9-acre former cider mill in Stoke Lacy became Wye Valley Brewery's new home.[5]

Brewery[edit]

The facade of Wye Valley Brewery

Wye Valley Brewery is located in Herefordshire. Over 80% of its hops and raw ingredients come directly from farms within 10 miles of the brewery.[6]

Green Brewing[edit]

As a brewing method, Wye Valley Brewery uses water vapour, created during the brewhouse boil, to heat water to then clean its casks; the roof and ground-mounted solar panels cover the equivalent of more than six tennis courts, providing over 41% of the brewery's total electricity.[7]

Beers[edit]

Core Range[edit]

Wye Valley Brewery's flagship beer is Butty Bach, translated as a ‘little friend’, a Welsh term meaning. This 4.5% smooth, full-bodied, premium ale is burnished gold in colour, and has been crowned ‘Beer of the Festival’ at the Great Welsh Beer Festival on three occasions.[8] Alongside this:

  • HPA (Hereford Pale Ale) a 4.0% is the straw-coloured ale with a citrusy aroma.[9]
  • The Hopfather, a 3.9% smooth red ale featuring tropical citrus and grapefruit flavours.[10]
  • Golden Ale, a 4.2% a light gold coloured ale brewed using Fuggles and Goldings hops.[11]
  • Wholesome Stout, a 4.6% dark, full-bodied beer boasting roasted coffee notes and a dry, bitter finish.[12]
  • Wye Valley Bitter, a 3.7% chestnut coloured ale, with a malty flavour and a clean bitter finish.[13]

In addition to the core beer line, they produce a rotation of monthly ales as well.[14]

1985[edit]

In 2016, Wye Valley Brewery launched its first ever lager, ‘1985’, which has won an international award. The lager is a natural extension to the brewery's range of real ales, is preservative free and made using ingredients sourced within a 10-mile radius of the brewery. Locally grown Pilot hops give ‘1985’ an earthy bitterness, whilst traditional European hops provide a delicate fruity aroma. The result is a 4.5% abv premium lager with a crisp, clean taste.

Pubs[edit]

As well as supplying its beers to free houses throughout the West Midlands, South-West and South Wales, the brewery has 8 of its own pubs.[15]

The Barrels[edit]

The Barrels is an 18th Century coaching inn, partly formed from the old city wall and it's one of the last multi-roomed pubs in Hereford.

The Black Star[edit]

The Black Star reopened as a Wye Valley Brewery pub in October 2014.[16]

The Britannia[edit]

Located in the centre of Hereford, The Britannia has a large beer garden and recently refurbished bar.[17]

The Chequers[edit]

Located in the historic market town, Leominster, The Chequers is a timber-framed inn, and Wye Valley Brewery's oldest pub.[18]

The Morgan[edit]

Situated near Malvern, the Morgan Motor Company was originally based in Stoke Lacy – next door to the brewery's current home.[19]

The Pelican[edit]

The Pelican Inn is a historic real-ale pub located between Gloucester Cathedral and Kingsholm rugby stadium. As one of Gloucester's oldest pubs, its history can be traced back to 1679. Landlord, Mike Hall (a regular in the Good Beer Guide) is the winner of CAMRA's Gloucestershire Pub of the Year 2020, Gloucester City Pub of the Year 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020, and Cider Pub of the Year 2015, 2016, 2017. [20]

The Rose and Lion[edit]

The Vaga Tavern[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Protz, Roger (September 2007). Good Beer Guide 2007. CAMRA Books. ISBN 1-85249-224-4.
  2. ^ "The key for brewing success". Retrieved 12 February 2007.
  3. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on 6 February 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2007.
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  14. ^ "Beer of the Month". Archived from the original on 6 February 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2007.
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