This tour was booked several weeks beforehand so you might want to do the same to ensure sufficient places for your party.
We started in the bar area of the Visitor Centre and, after a video welcome from the Chief Executive, our guide took us on an interesting tour which involved a bit of bending and climbing stairs so, as they recommend, wear suitable footwear.
The brewery has its own artesian well and we were invited to try the pure water. Wish we had water like this at home - it'd save us a fortune buying the bottled stuff! There are no open tuns to watch the fermenting beer or any hop-drying rooms to view. These days the hops arrive in pelleted form. Gone are the days of the wooden cask; just lots of kegs and aluminium barrels. A lot of the romance of beer-making has disappeared - Health & Safety and Hygiene as well as the huge quantities being produced which need automation?
Back in the bar, we were all given three different beers to try but, first, we were given a lesson in drinking beer. The 3 Cs: clarity, colour and condition and we were asked to guess which beers we'd been served. After that, everyone had the opportunity to choose a free half pint from the bar. Our guide, Julie, was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humour, too.
During the year, the brewery has a series of special events so you can book an evening meal with entertainment. If only we could have done this tour in October - a great favourite of ours, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen are the star attraction!
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