Thursday, 16 May 2013

This morning we are shocked to hear that as a relatively small family business we pay MORE tax than Amazon UK, who have sales of £4bn. They only paid £2.4m in tax and received government grants of £2.5m!

The Pelican Real Ale Festival

On 7th and 8th June The Pelican Inn, 4 St Mary Street, Gloucester, will be having their first real ale festival.

There will be 22 real ales, including 8 from Wye Valley Brewery, and 8 ciders and perries. There will be music From Remi Harris Trio, Flatworld, Rev Ferriday & Owen Bray and Nikki Rous. Lunchtime food will be provided by "Peppers".

With great beers and a fantastic atmosphere guaranteed this festival celebrates Mike's first year at The Pelican!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Bosbury Best launch night

On Thursday 9th May we held a launch night for our brand new bottled beer, Dorothy Goodbody's Bosbury Best. The launch took place at The Bell Inn, Bosbury, a short walk from Townend Farm, where the Cascade hops were grown by Mark & Lesley Andrews.

The launch was well attended and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to sample Dorothy's newest offering. Wye Valley brewers Jimmy Swan and Ben Adams talked about their first experience brewing with British grown Cascade hops. Paul Corbett from Charles Faram (hop merchants) gave an insight in to the British hop industry, and finally Mark Andrews discussed his experiences growing this variety of hops for the first time.

Bob and Margaret, landlord and landlady of The Bell Inn provided a range of Wye Valley beers and some delicious food, including onion rings with Dorothy Goodbody Bosbury Best batter.

For more information about The Bell Inn visit

Pictured below one of Wye Valley's brewers Ben Adams discussing the brew.

Pictured below from left, Paul Corbett from Charles Faram, Bob landlord of The Bell Inn, Wye Valley head brewer Jimmy Swan, Wye Valley brewer Ben Adams and Mark Andrews from Townend Hop Farm.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Bosbury's Best New Hop

Wye Valley Brewery launches a brand new beer, using a brand new local hop.

Dorothy Goodbody’s Bosbury Best is a brand new bottle-conditioned beer, brewed with a brand new hop which has been grown less than 10 miles from the brewery at Townend Farm in Bosbury. Townend Farm is the only grower in Herefordshire to have trialled and produced the variety ‘Cascade’, a hop which is very new to the UK.

In 2007 Mark & Lesley Andrews from Townend Farm identified a trend of brewers using more aromatic hops in their beers and based on this trend they made the decision to invest in trialling ‘Cascade’ hops.  Four years later, in 2011, they went in to full production and were delighted with the results of the 2012 harvest.

Mark Andrews, hop grower from Townend Farm said “This is the first crop of Cascade we have harvested after planting them two years ago, we are looking forward to tasting the beer and to know it is brewed solely with our hops is fantastic!”

Dorothy Goodbody’s Bosbury Best (5.2% ABV) is a bronze-coloured ale, with subtle biscuit, toffee and marmalade flavours and an intense grassy, citrus aroma. This bottled beer will be available to buy from independent shops and the Wye Valley Brewery shop (including the brewery's online shop). 

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Win tickets to #Courtlaughing

Wye Valley Brewery has just launched a competition to win tickets to #Courtlaughing comedy festival.

Register your details to enter our prize draw to win a pair of tickets to #Courtlaughing, sponsored by Wye Valley Brewery. We're giving away a pair of tickets for Phill Jupitus on 7 June; a pair for Rich Hall on 8 June; a pair for Josh Widdicombe on 9 June; 2 pairs to the Comedy Club on 7 June and 2 pairs to the Comedy Club on 8 June.

For more information and to enter visit

For information about #Courtlaughing visit