Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Kilverts Cask Ale Week Celebrations

Wye Valley Brewery Chairman Peter Amor enjoyed a celebratory evening at Kilverts, Hay on Wye last night. It was a celebration of our national drink, cask ale! The lovely ladies who work at Kilverts got involved by dressing up as our very own Dorothy Goodbody.

Peter was able to thank Kilverts for their support and went on to give a brief history of Dorothy Goodbody. He even treated drinkers to some extracts from the 'cheeky' Dorothy Goodbody stories!

Pictured Peter with the real life Dorothy's, from left to right, Dorothy Goodbody's Country Ale, Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout, Dorothy Goodbody's Golden Ale and Dorothy Goodbody's Winter Tipple!

Monday, 29 March 2010

Land Rover Day 2010

On Saturday 27th March The Severn Valley Leafers ventured over to Wye Valley Brewery, for our third Land Rover day. We had over 25 Land Rovers on site, and the weather almost held out for us!

Visitors enjoyed a trip around the brewery and a pint or two of The Best 4x4, our Land Rover inspired beer. Fortunately, there's plenty of space in the back of a Land Rover, so our 4x4 friends were able to stock up on their favourite beers!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

HPA listed in The Ten Best Beers

In today's Independent, HPA has been listed in 'The Ten Best Beers', named by Roger Protz, author of '300 Beers to Try before you Die' and beer-pages.com.

To see the feature have a look in today's (Thursday 25th March) Independent Life, or visit, www.independent.co.uk/indybest

HPA was launched in January 2010 to celebrate 25 years of Wye Valley Brewery, already a well established cask brand, the bottled version is selling well. To try some for yourself, pop along to our shop at the brewery in Stoke Lacy, or visit our online shop.

Not that we are biased but we agree with Roger, it is one of the best beers and would make the perfect accompaniment to your Easter lunch!

HPA, 4.0% abv, is a delightful straw coloured ale with a wonderful hop aroma.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Riding for the Disabled, Charity for 2010

Herefordshire RDA (Riding for the Disabled) have been selected as Wye Valley Brewery's Charity for 2010. Founded as a National organisation in 1969, RDA now has 500 Member Groups across the UK.

Through the commitment of volunteers, RDA enables people with disabilities to ride or carriage drive to benefit their health and wellbeing and to achieve their goals.

Wye Valley Brewery aims to assist Herefordshire RDA with fundraising and hopes create additional opportunities for them to increase their profile.

If you are interested in donating to this worthwhile charity, please contact Lizzie at the brewery on 01885 490505. There are many ways to help, from sponsoring a pony or a stable to donating your spare pennies! Or you could become a volunteer.

Herefordshire RDA will be attending our racedays at Hereford Racecourse and we have collecting tins in our pubs, so please donate if you can.

The photo shows Bobby doing dressage with a rider, Bobby is sponsored by Majesticare Luxury Care Homes.

Morgan visits The Morgan

Friend of Wye Valley Brewery Chris Towner from across the pond decided to do up his beloved Morgan (which he had owned for 35 years), and bring it over the the UK, in time for the Morgan Centenary Celebrations in June 2009.

During his visit in his 1966 Morgan 4/4, he paid a visit to Wye Valley Brewery's newest pub, The Morgan in Malvern. Chris parked the car in its rightful place outside the pub, and doesn't it look at home!

Chris looks forward to his next visit in the not too distant future!

Wye Valley Brewery Quiz, Knockout Finals!

On Sunday 21st March The Barrels, Hereford hosted the Wye Valley Brewery Quiz Knockout Cup and Plate Finals.

Playing in the Cup were The Dog from The Dog Inn at Ewyas Harold and The Talbot Terriers from The Talbot in Ledbury. Playing in the Plate Final were The Saracen's from The Saracen's Head, Hereford and Dynamo Dilwyn from The Crown at Dilwyn.

After a well fought battle The Dog were victorious in the Knockout Cup and The Saracen's won the Plate Final, with a great score.

Pictured winning team member from The Dog receiving the trophy from Wye Valley Brewery Chairman Peter Amor.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Salutation scoops Pub of the Year

The Salutation at Ham in Gloucestershire has been crowned CAMRA Dursley & District Pub of the Year 2010. Wye Valley Brewery's John Gardner and Dennis Gwatkin, from Gwatkin's Cider, attended the presentation night. Congratulations to all at The Salutation!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Award Winning Crown at Pantygelli!

The popular Crown at Pantygelli has been awarded Country Pub of the Year by Gwent CAMRA. Steve and Cherrie Chadwick run the thriving pub and restaurant, which is situated in a quiet spot between the Sugarloaf and Skirrid mountains. It's definitely worth a visit, and you will find HPA on tap! Well done to Steve and Cherrie for all their hard work.

The Crown at Pantygelli can be found on the Old Hereford Road about 2 miles beyond Abergavenny.

Dave's trip to Alaska!

Last year Dave Powell and his partner made their way around Seattle and Alaska. They took some bottles of Dorothy Goodbody's with them, which they generously shared with people they met. They were kind enough to send us some photos! In this one Dave is at Tolovana Dome, which is 2 hours North of Fairbanks, Alaska. They accessed the area via snowmachine and experienced a wind chill of about -30 deg C!! We have it on good authority that the Alaskan people enjoyed Dorothy's beers!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Birthday Cake!

Chairman Peter Amor, with Emma, Rhiannon and Carey, doing the all important duty of cutting our birthday cake.

The cake was made by Charlotte, from Cake Creations in Bromyard. All the staff were in agreement, the cake was lovely!

Monday, 8 March 2010

Well Done!

Congratulations to Wye Valley Brewery employees, Emma Jenkins, Matt Ingram and Sean Tobin. As well as carrying out their usual duties for the brewery, they have also spent the last 12 months studying.

Emma, who is a Sales Administrator has gained an NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration. Matt who is Racking Team Leader and Sean who is Bottling Team Leader have both gained an ILM Level 3 in Management.

Well done Em, Sean and Matt!

Pictured from left, Sean Tobin, Emma Jenkins and Matt Ingram


We are 25 today! Happy Birthday to us!!

The photo shows brewery Chairman Peter Amor, mashing in on our 25th birthday. Peter has now retired to the kitchen to cook breakfast for all the staff at the brewery. We even have birthday cake, which we will enjoy whilst reflecting on 25 years of brewing quality beers!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Dorothy brings home more awards!

Dorothy Goodbody's Country Ale has just been awarded SIBA Champion Strong Ale AND Silver in the SIBA Champion of Champions!

The announcement was made today at the SIBA Annual Brewing Conference, at Stratford.

During 2009 Dorothy Goodbody's Country Ale was awarded Silver at the International Beer Challenge and Gold at the SIBA Wales & West competition, Strong Ales category.

As a SIBA winner, we will have a place on the SIBA Champions Bar at the Great British Beer Festival in London this summer, which is visited by over 60,000 people.

Dorothy Goodbody's Country Ale is 6.0% abv and is described by Head Brewer Jimmy Swan as a strong, full-bodied ruby ale. If you would like to try this award winning beer it's available in bottle all year round and can be bought from our brewery shop in Stoke Lacy, or our online shop.

Pictured: Sarah Young of Award sponsor Lallemand UK Ltd presenting the Gold award to Wye Valley Brewery head brewer Jimmy Swan.