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Review of Wadworth Brewery

Wadworth Brewery
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Devizes
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Owner description: Established in 1875, this independent family owned brewery is steeped in history, heritage & traditional skills, as well as a wide collection of carefully hand crafted ales. With an on-site Sample Bar, Brewery Shop & Visitor Centre, there's certainly much more to Wadworth - a visit to see our Shire Horses, who deliver our ales across town each week day, is highly recommended! The Visitor Centre is FREE admission, however fees apply to our guided tours. Scheduled tours are available daily at 11am & 2pm, catering for up to 50 people, prices start from £10pp. Brewery Tours include a visit to the main production areas, our on-site Sign Studio; where guests can gaze at our unique hand painted pub signs, followed by a visit to the Stables, finishing with a tutored beer sampling session. Our Visitor Centre & Brewery Shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9am-5pm (except bank holidays), and is well stocked with your favourite Wadworth ales and gifts. **Advanced booking strongly advised!**
Reviewed October 9, 2012

If you are interested in the long view of brewing beer, this is a must. After the tour and several tastes of the brew, there is an opportunity to sample even more. Fun!

Thank S D
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

As an avid fan of the local 6X ale, I had always wanted a tour of the brewery and I got the chance a little while ago. We met in the Visitor Centre which gives a fascinating insight of the old pubs of Devizes, most of whom brewed on the premises, and how, one by one, they were acquired by Wadworth's as they expanded their empire. The building is of Victorian origin and is the most recognisable building in the town, standing as it does on the site of the old town's north gate.

Wadworth's is a "tower" brewery, meaning that the brewing process begins at the top of the building, and gravity is used to convey the brew to the next stage below. A new high tech brewhouse has recently been installed, yet the wonderful old building was built so well, that no strengthening or reinforcing work was required to support the vast and heavy new vessels. One point which has been raised is that some of the steps are exceptionally narrow and steep and there's every opportunity to bang your head, even if you're not overly tall, so do take notice of what the guide tells you or you could be nursing some bruises the next day.

The cooper's workshop was also on the agenda, Wadworth's employ one of only 3 or 4 master coopers left in the country and it's his job to hand make and repair the wooden casks that are a prominent feature of many Wadworth's pubs.

I found it a fascinating and interesting tour, with our knowledgeable guide who knew every nook and crannie of the building. We also descended to the dark depths of the brewery to it's well, which is unfortunately unusable after it was contaminated by chemicals from the now closed adjacent gasworks.

Across the road are the stables where the shire horses are kept, along with the ornate drays that are a familiar sight around the town, where they are used to deliver beer, wines and spirits.

And of course, the best bit, the tasting of the ales back in the Visitor Centre, no doubt the highlight certainly for the male visitors if not the ladies too. Several ales were available including 6X, Henry's, Swordfish, and Horizon and all, as you would expect, were served in tip top condition.

A great way to spend 2-3 hours and excellent value for money.

Thank GBfromDevizes
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Had a great tour and lunch with Wadworth Brewery yesterday...got to say it was very good day and not what I expected...it was a mates 50th birthday present and he loved it too. Three mates looking around a brewery what could be better?

...only way to improve it was that the brewery wasn't actually in production mode so we did get to see the beer being made but nonetheless it was fun, fascinating and jolly. Our tour guide was Becky - who was both fun and interesting to listen to made what initially I thought might be a bit of a long tour fly by and me and my mates thoroughly enjoyed it.

The highlights were clearly the tasting at the end, but the shire horses are truly magnificent and the sign writing studio shows a art form I love.

But there is good parking facilities, and I recommend buying lunch in the local Crown pub - which you can buy at the visitor centre too. The merchandise is sensibly priced and the t-shorts collectable, the tour itself does include quite a climb up the tower so be ready for that but worth it.

Overall would I go again - YES and for a beer nut or friend who was into real ale this is a great birthday treat.

Thank Biggfoot
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

This tour is well worth doing: £10 per adult or £8.50 for seniors, and although advertised as lasting two hours, we were there for three. The visitor centre is worth browsing for a few minutes while you wait for the tour to start, as it gives you the history of the family and the business.
First, the health warnings: don't attempt this if you don't like heights, steep stairs, or heat. Be prepared to be on your feet the whole time: there aren't a lot of places to sit, and only a couple of chairs. Sensible shoes are a wise choice. It's not suitable for small children.
Now, the tour: you have to wear a high-vis jacket, but no hard hat. Our group size was 14, which was pretty good - any more, and it would have felt a bit crowded as we went round. We had a lovely lady as a guide - very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and well-drilled in pointing out the hazards like pipes and valves at head height. The brewery's in a tall Victorian building and the tour takes in each floor, following the whole process through. The original steam engine is still in place, having been lovingly-restored, yet at the other extreme you also see the modern computerised equipment which had to be craned in through the roof of the listed building. (That's the uncomfortably hot room!) Keep listening and you'll learn a lot about hop production, yeast (those fermentation tanks are quite a sight!), the working day and the decisions the Master Brewer and his small team make.
The next part of the tour takes you across the road to the signwriting shop - a completely different but still integral part of the Wadworth family firm. We didn't go to the cooperage, as the Master Cooper was away working at Westons in Herefordshire that day. Then it's round to the stables to "meet" the three Shire horses. You do actually get a better view of the horses when they're out round the town with the dray, delivering the beer, which they do daily, but it was still interesting to find out about their working lives while we were on the tour, and to be able to ask questions (whilst the guide fed them extra-strong mints... and Monty tried insistently to kick down his stable door and get noticed - such a show-off!)
Finally, the beer-tasting: there's a small bar area at the rear of the visitor centre where everyone can sit and try 1/3 pint tasters of up to six of the beers. These do vary according to the season and for special events: for 2012 they had created "Red, White and Brew", for example. Your guide will talk you through the tasting, accompanied by computer slides with basic info for each. Trying 6 beers in about 40 minutes rather confused my palate, I must admit.
Time to go: the shop in the visitor centre does of course sell beer - and mugs, glasses, clothing, jigsaws....they do try to source supplies locally, apparently.
Final tip: when you book, if you're offered lunch at The Crown for £6.95 on top of your tour fee, it's worth taking, as it proved good value for us. The pub's only two minutes away and has good food and service.

3  Thank Jackie L
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Went on the brewery tour expecting the same as a distillary tour 15 minutes and the inti the shop how wrong i was ,2 hour tour of the brewery you start at the top and work your way down as there are a lot off steep stairs not for the infirm ,small children are not allowed on the tour and the reason why is explained during the tour . The young lady who led the tour is a font of knowledge and makes the tour fun after the brewery tour you are taken to the stables to see the Shire Horses that still deliver beer 5 days a week . Then for the highlite of the tour the beer tasting dont take your car if you want to try all the beers as they dont scrimp on the amount of beer you get

Thank Eric F
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