Crowned Brewery of the Year in 2012 by The Good Pub Guide, this historic brewery produces two fine ales: Double Donn, with its nutty aroma, cereal malt flavour and trace of orange fruit; and Donnington Gold, a golden-coloured beer with a citrus flavour followed by a rounded malt finish.
An award-winning, family-run brewery based in Winchcombe. Jouster was the first ale brewed, and is a tawny-coloured ale with a light hoppiness in its aroma. White Knight is slightly more hoppy with a full bodied taste, while Tournament is thirst quenching with a delicate floral aroma. Black Knight is Goffs winter porter and is a dark, ruby red beer with chocolate malt and vanilla notes.
Cotswold Brewing Co
Continental lagers were the inspiration for this family run business, keen to produce top quality lagers that are additive and preservative-free and cold stored for at least four weeks. Only the best ingredients available are used to create the four lagers, Cotswold Premium, Cotswold 3.8, Cotswold Wheat and Cotswold Winter, giving a complexity of flavour often found in real ales.
Hook Norton Brewery
Based in Brewery Lane in Hook Norton, this award-winning brewery has origins dating back to 1849. Hook Norton real ales are made with four natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water, to create the famous Hooky beers and seasonal ales. Hooky Dark is a chestnut coloured ale, full of malty flavours, Hooky Bitter is lighter in colour while Hooky Gold is a pale crisp beer with fruity aromas that features American hops.
Purity Brewing Co
Making beer with a conscience means that this company has a strong eco ethos and fully supports recycling programmes and actively cares for the environment. This results in multi award-winning ales: Pure Gold, refreshing and golden, with a lovely dry and bitter finish; the light and coppery Mad Goose, named after the fearsome geese that patrol the brewery; the stronger Pure Ubu, named after the brewery dog, which is a distinctive amber colour with a balanced, full flavour.
Wye Valley Brewery
This family-run company produces three multi award-winning core beers and four bottled beers. The Dorothy Goodbody’s Country Ale is a strong ruby ale and was recently listed in the World Top 50 Beers in the International Beer Challenge. The Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome Stout was awarded five stars by top beer writer Roger Protz, and is only the second beer to gain his full five-star rating. It also won the CAMRA Champion Bottle-Conditioned Beer of Britain 2008.
Society of Independent Brewer’s (SIBA) Brewery of the Year 2014, this Bristol-based brewery is the largest new-build brewery in the UK. The multi award-winning Butcombe Bitter is the fastest growing major brand in bottles, and one of the most popular beers in the West Country. Made with Mendip spring water it’s clean and refreshing, while Butcombe Gold has a more bitter-sweet finish. For a fabulously fruity bitter, try the Adam Henson’s Rare Breed bitter, developed in 2011, made using West Country ingredients.