Wadworth Brewery Tour

May 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm 1 comment

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A trip around Wadworth Brewery in Devizes is well worth the £10 admission. A guided tour round the family owned world famous brewery lasts around 90 minutes with a knowledgeable guide and includes a full explanation of the brewing process, smelling and tasting the hops and pellets; all the equipment and fermentation. You also get to meet the famous gentle giants; Wadworth shire horses Max and Monty, after their delivery rounds, and see their tack room full of polished leather and shiny brasses (for which their groomsmen win many awards ), Pause for a Jethro Tull ‘Heavy Horses’ moment.  We also saw the cooperage (only 3 coopers left in the UK – fascinating process of bending the oak staves to create a barrel which can last up to 80 years before it ends up no longer watertight as a garden planter!) All hand carved using traditional tools and not a machine in sight. Not many pubs keep their beer in oak casks these days but they are worth seeking out in the 90 mile radius of Wadworthshire! Of great interest was the sign writers workshop which keeps three free hand artists employed – not a stencil to be seen! Wadworth pub signs are decorated in expensive gold leaf and the process is painstaking and precise – not just the picturesque pub signs to be maintained but also the other signage on the premises has to meet the standard.

At last on to the tasting….and believe me you will have built up quite a thirst having climbed many stair cases in the old listed brewery building. The bar serves 1/3 glasses so as not to compete with the Devizes pubs they supply…and we were offered I think eight to try – I have to confess I lost count! Corvus is a sort of local Guinness; Bishop’s Tipple a respectable bitter. My favourite is still 6X and I was fascinated to learn that it’s name came from the markings of strength on the barrel before the alcohol content was lessened to a more socially acceptable 4%! Swordfish was interesting (6X plus rum!) and the new for the World Cup Ipanema pale ale – very quaffable. Another interesting fact is that a pint of beer is 94% water so one pint will keep you hydrated and is full of goodness, on a daily basis. More than one pint has the opposite effect; it dehydrates and piles on the calories. All things in moderation then.


Recommended as a ‘what to do in Devizes’ especially on a wet day! Booking is recommended.


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  • 1. Sally  |  May 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    On the summer ‘to do’ list.



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