WYE VALLEY BREWERY VISIT - SEPTEMBER 12TH 2018
Click any Image to enlarge - photos by Ken Cowdry, with words an additional photos by Tim Purslow
The much anticipated Wye Valley Brewery trip got under way at 5pm from the club to Stoke Lacey, a couple of miles outside Bromyard.
21 members and guests were led by Paul Thatcher who had organised the event , dressed in one of his 60s retro style shirts - Just in case anyone got lost they could use him as a beacon!
On arrival we were welcomed in the visitors bar and offered complimentary drinks, which consisted of the Wye Valley Brewery range, something for all tastes. After an hour of sampling we then went around the brewery.
The tour was taken by the owner himself, which was very informative and an excellent tour.
We were then welcomed back to the bar to carry on sampling the brews.
I think everyone was very impressed with the hospitality shown to us as and thank you for supporting Wye Valley Brewery.
So after saying our farewells we left about 10pm.
Tim commented "As Steward of the club I must add everyone was well behaved, except for the odd half dozen that got on the wrong coach!! ........ Names will remain with me".
Well done to Paul Thatcher for putting it together and to the members that support the event - here's to many more.
Pete Brown was a guest of one of our members on this visit and reflects on his earlier experiences of the Brewery over the years:
"This is just a note to express my appreciation, aand what an interesting night it turned out to be!
I had visited “The Barrels” pub in Hereford in the late 1980s after Wye Valley beers had started being sold in “The Church Tavern” in Quarry Bank, at the time my old local. We mustered up a few likely lads on several occasions and went off there in a minibus to be greeted by Peter Amor - the original founder of the Wye Valley Brewery.
He showed us round the brewery and kept us up to date with new recipes and styles of beers that they were creating in those early days, including the “Dorothy Goodbody” range of ales. The brewery tour usually lasted about three minutes as it was all contained in a small updated stable block to the one side of the courtyard at the back of the pub. One thing that you got from Peter was a feel for his enthusiasm and determination in creating the best ales he could. That has proved to work and work really well, as evidenced by the expansion of the business and the creation of the new brewery we visited on their site at Stoke Lacey.
Our host for the evening was Vernon Amor, Peter’s son who has taken over his father’s role with equal gusto. This was reflected with an excellent presentation followed by an informative talk as we toured around the current and very impressive brewery site.
I would like to say a big thank you to all those involved in organising the visit, and being excellent company on the night".