About Wye Valley Brewery
Wye Valley Brewery is a family-run business dedicated to brewing the best cask-conditioned beer possible and championing pubs as important parts of local communities. We use only the finest quality raw materials – sourced locally wherever possible – and are proud to be recognised as the leading cask ale brewery in the county.
Founded in 1985 by ex-Guinness brewer Peter Amor, we began brewing in Canon Pyon, Herefordshire, but moved shortly afterwards to the old stable block of The Barrels, an historic 18th century coaching inn in Hereford.
By April 2002 the brewery had outgrown its Hereford home and relocated to its present site in Stoke Lacy. Also in 2002, after completing his brewing training at Young’s Brewery in Wandsworth, Peter’s son Vernon took over as our managing director.
Peter is now chairman of the Wye Valley Brewery, and passionately believes in spreading the word about cask ale. Here he stars in his first video blog giving an overview of the brewery process.
Pete and Peter are posting new blogs monthly and you can view all the latest brewing episodes on their website. Take a look ››
Wye Valley Brewery has grown every year since it began, and continues to do so. In the last couple of years we have installed a bottling facility at the brewery, enabling us to produce our bottle-conditioned beers on site. We have also acquired several new pubs including The Pelican in Gloucester and The Vaga Tavern in Hereford, which brings our family of popular community pubs to six.
Down the years, our determination to constantly improve has helped us attract awards both for our individual ales and for our range as a whole. For instance, we recently won the Medium Business of the Year category at the 2011 Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
We've also won Best Drinks Producer 2010 in what has been described as ‘the Oscars of the food world' – the BBC Food and Farming Awards.
The BBC received a flood of entries from drinks producers throughout the country, so we were thrilled to win. The judges were impressed by our commitment to selecting local Herefordshire hops, and our dedication to quality through traditional production methods. In particular, they praised the ‘morishness’ of our beers!
We received our award from Oz Clarke, and have since featured in two editions of the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme about the competition.
On top of all of that, we scooped Best Drinks Producer at the 2010 Flavours of Herefordshire awards; a scheme that celebrates quality and excellence in food and drink from our county. Our Herefordshire roots remain extremely important to us, so we were thrilled to receive this award and recognition on our home patch.
Our silver jubilee
On 8 March 2010, we celebrated our 25th anniversary. This momentous occasion has caused us to reflect on our journey from tiny micro-brewery to the busy regional brewery we are today.
We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved during the past 25 years, and we’ve seen a lot of changes over that time, but we’re pleased to say that some things will never change. We’ll always strive to provide exceptional personal service to our customers, we remain dedicated to brewing the finest cask and bottled ales using top quality local
ingredients, and we’re firmly committed to the idea that traditional pubs are a vital part of society.
In our anniversary year we also realised our dream of brewing a true Herefordshire ale – our specially brewed celebratory ale Dorothy Goodbody's Imperial Stout contains Herefordshire hops and uniquely, locally grown Maris Otter barley.
We remain proud of our pubs, our modern production facilities, our beautiful rural location, and the fabulous team of dedicated people who work with us. Most of all, we're grateful to all those of you who enjoy our ales and visit our pubs – we really appreciate your support over the past 25 years. Cheers!
Get the facts about alcohol
Wye Valley Brewery encourage responsible drinking and are members of Drinkaware. Drinkaware provides consumers with information to make informed decisions about the effects of alcohol on their lives and lifestyles. For the facts about alcohol, visit the Drinkaware website.