How you doing, brew?
Cringey pun aside, if you’re thinking of visiting Wiltshire, going on a Wadworth brewery tour is a great place to start.
It came to a ‘bitter’ end for Henry when he passed away in 1927 after falling off his horse during a hunt, and the brewery business was passed to his nephew Charles Bartholomew.
On the tour we sniffed and tasted everything in the pots, while hearing all about Wadworth’s past.
Incredibly, the yeast in Wadworth beer has been kept alive for 40+ years, there’s even a special ‘yeast library’ in London which keeps a sample of every breweries unique yeast.
- Beer is 95% water.
- Did you know that the carbon dioxide in beer quenches your thirst more than water?
The different colour of beer is due to how long and at what temperature the wheat is roasted for.
Colder beer has less flavour, the correct cellar temperature is between 11-13 degrees celsius.
One should never drink a cloudy beer!
When beer’s in a cask, it should be drunk within 5-7 days.
- Back in the 1800’s it was safer to drink beer than water, even babies were given beer! They used to say the secret to life was health, wealth and hoppiness.
Going outside to see the famous Wadworth horses was my favourite part, it was hard to take pictures of them through the barred stables and I was a bit worried they’d knock the phone out of my hands! They are HUGE up close!
If you live in Devizes, you’ll see the horses plenty of times trotting around town doing their daily deliveries (Wadworth horses still deliver beer within a 2.5 mile radius around 3 pubs a day, taking 2 hours).
There are 3 horses: Max age 14, Monty age (not sure!) and Archie age 5. They weigh around a TON each and need new shoes every 4 weeks. Every August the horses are given 2 weeks holiday in Poulshot to run free around in the fields, they’re even poured a pint of beer during their summer break!
The horses are retired at 16 years, though most are put down shortly after due to may getting bad arthritis. You can see some of the old and current horse carriages and spent a good amount of time in the yard.
They’ve recently updated their shop which looks fab! And have a whole range of merchandise, including cool-bags, t-shirts, mini Wadworth horse teddies, books and more…
They even have an in-house pub so you can pop in for a super fresh pint!
The tour lasted around 2 hours 15 mins, it went into the nitty gritty about how beer is made and in-depth info about all the equipment used, as well as the brewing process. The groups are quite big and there’s a lot the guides need to get through (plus hardcore brewing jargon), so if you want to keep you’ll need to pay close attention!
Seeing the horses was especially unique and the beer tasting was very generous, I lost count how many we tasted! When tasting they had a handy on-screen guide to help you identify flavours and it was entertaining seeing what others made of the taste. You could order a pie in advance (DO IT!) which I’d absolutely recommend, partly to soak up some of the booze, also because Wadworth hold an annual pie competition in March and know a thing or two about tasty pies.
Compared to other tours, Wadworth could use some better visual aids to help explain technical terms, limit tour groups to smaller numbers and modernise the tour.
There are a low of steep steps and narrow staircases, so it wouldn’t be very suited to elderly or less abled.
You can purchase Wadworth beer online here and please get in touch if you have any questions! :)