Thursday, 29 September 2011

Finalist in Sainsbury's Beer Challenge

We are delighted to be named as a finalist in the Sainsbury's Great British Beer Hunt! We brewed a special beer, Wye Not?, especially for the competition and will be attending the grand final tomorrow (Friday).

At the final, eight beers from across the country will be tasted, and judged by beer experts, beer writers and representatives from Sainsbury's. Two beers will win a six month national listing in Sainsbury's stores nationwide!

Talking hops

Join our Head Brewer Jimmy Swan who is talking hops, with The Guest Ale blog.


Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Everything you ever wanted to know about cask ale!

This years Cask Ale Report is now available to download from It is aimed at publicans but is also of interest to those who enjoy a pint of the lovely stuff!

The Cask Ale Report is written by Pete Brown and supported by CAMRA, SIBA, the Family Brewers of Britain and Cask Marque.

To summarise briefly cask ale has done really well, in what has been a tough year for pubs, it continues to outperform other on-trade drinks.

So put your feet up, and take a few minutes to give it a quick read!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Hop Pole - Pub of the Year 2011

The Hop Pole at Droitwich has recently been awarded Redditch and Bromsgrove CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011. To celebrate Tim from the Hop Pole brought some of his regular drinkers to Wye Valley Brewery for a brewery tour, and we surprised him with this lovely sign!

Congratulations Tim and the team.

Pictured left to right, Julie Allen Sales Representative Cotswolds and West Midlands, Tim Landlord of the Hop Pole Droitwich, Jimmy Swan Head Brewer of the Wye Valley Brewery and Emma Jenkins Sales Admin

Friday, 2 September 2011

Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout, named Classic Beer of the Month by Jeff Evans

Jeff Evans, World renowned beer writer, has named Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout his Classic Beer of the Month, on his website Inside Beer.

Jeff says that in his forthcoming Book of Beer Knowledge, he suggests which beers may best, today, exemplify a wide range of beer styles. For the dry Irish stout style, he plumps for Wye Valley’s Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome Stout. Well, who are we to disagree!

Read Jeff's review at

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Another successful Barrels Beer Festival

Another August Bank Holiday, another successful Charity Beer Festival

Visitors to The Barrels 24th Annual Charity Beer Festival enjoyed 700 gallons of excellent beers from various British brewers, and 125 gallons of local cider and perry.

The beer festival is run by volunteers and benefits local Charities. In total, this year’s festival raised a record £19,500, which was split between 23 charities.

In particular, the festival donated £1,000 to The Mayor of Hereford’s chosen charities, which were Help for Heroes and Macmillan Renton Unit.

Pictured Peter Amor, Landlord of The Barrels handing over a cheque for £1,000 to The Mayor of Hereford Councillor Julie Woodward.