Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Dorothy Goodbody's Imperial Stout to celebrate 25 years

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Herefordshire’s Wye Valley Brewery, Head Brewer Jimmy Swan has crafted a unique new beer: Dorothy Goodbody’s Imperial Stout.

This limited edition, bottle-conditioned Imperial Stout is brewed with Herefordshire’s finest hops and Herefordshire malted barley, making it a truly local beer!

Wye Valley Brewery’s ‘Herefordshire barley project’ was launched on 10th October 2008 when the classic barley variety ‘Maris Otter’ was planted at Upper Derndale Farm, in Canon Pyon. The barley was harvested on 25th July 2009, and malting followed at Warminster Maltings. The resulting ‘Dorothy Goodbody’s Imperial Stout’ is the brewery’s first beer to contain all Herefordshire hops and Herefordshire barley.

This 7.0% dark silky beer has sweet vanilla and toffee flavours, which give way to a delicate lingering hoppy character. The result is a warming, rich, full-bodied stout that will improve with age.

Only 6,000 bottles have been produced and every bottle of Dorothy Goodbody’s Imperial Stout should be slowly savoured, to celebrate 25 years of brewing quality beers.

Herefordshire based design company P & R Design Ltd, were responsible for the attractive packaging design.

Wye Valley Brewery started its 25th year on a high, with the launch of its popular cask beer HPA, in bottled format. A number of events are planned, the main event being a race night at Hereford Racecourse in August where customers and staff will celebrate the brewery’s 25th anniversary in style with real music and real ale!

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