Drinks Devon Produce Feature
Devon has six new breweries and 33 new pubs listed in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2019 – our thirst for beer continues!
Some breweries offer tours and tastings – a fun and informative way to learn more about the art of making beer. Who knows, your new-found knowledge may encourage you to have a go at brewing your own.
The cider making team at Sandford Orchards employs tractional techniques, shaped for modern times, only using naturally fermented, freshly-pressed juice. There are no concentrates, artificial flavours or aromas, and each pint is blended from cider matured from between six months and three years, to develop a rich, smooth complexity.
A tour and tasting ticket costs £10 and includes a behind-the-scenes look at the Cider Works. Round off the experience with a cider tasting session from 7.30pm–9.00pm.www.sandfordorchards.co.uk
Based just outside Exeter in Newton St Cyres, this brewery’s mission is to create world-class craft beers. It is passionate about producing beers with the taste that customers love.
Forget added preservatives, it’s all about providing real craft beer, using the best quality barley and hops from the UK’s top suppliers, and water from the rolling Devon hills.
Tours of the brewery include talks from the owners and head brewer, unlimited ale and a BBQ. They cost £30 per person.www.hanlonsbrewery.com
Otter’s current brewery is about as high-tech as a small, hands-on brewery gets. The addition of maturation tanks, sterile filtration and a centrifuge have paved the way for the authentic production of lager and the development of kegged beers.
Housing two plants enables it to brew individual runs of 40 or 60 barrels of specialist beers, or a total length of 100 barrels for the regular favourites.
Tours take place on weekday evenings and are bookable as a group of between 15 and 25 people.www.otterbrewery.com
Come and see where the delicious Salcombe beer is brewed. This new state-of-the-art, innovative brewery sits in the Devon countryside looking towards the Salcombe Ria.
The brewhouse is built on the site of a decommissioned water reservoir, with its own borehole to supply the brewery with a source of pure water. The new brewhouse is a 20-barrel brewery with four fermenting vessels, capable of producing 350 x 9G casks per week.
Tours include the all-important samplings in the brewery’s taproom and start at 3pm on Thursdays at £10 per person.www.salcombebrewery.com
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