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Experience a full insight into the brewery's traditional brewing methods & enjoy a visit steeped in local history & heritage!
The award-winning Brewery Tours each last for approximately 2-2.5hrs, and begin with an introduction to the brewery's history & heritage hosted in a modern Visitor Centre with a local tour guide (also known as 'beer experts'!)
After a steep climb, guests are guided through the traditional Victorian Tower Brewery, following the gravitational process down through each of the four floors. In complete contrast the next stop is a 21st Century Copper House to see how technology has developed over time. Next you take a short stroll to our on-site Sign Studio where guests can gaze at the unique hand-painted pub signs; this is where all the 250 signs are still painted in the traditional way. Then you visit the Stables to see the brewery's most famous residents – the working Shire Horses (providing they are not on their annual holiday or at a show!)
Finally, you finish the tour with a tutored real ale sampling session where you will try a selection of our hand crafted beers in 'The Harness Room' Bar. Hot/soft drinks are also available if preferred.
In that paragon of travel documentaries, National Lampoon's European Vacation, there is a scene in which Ellen Griswold (Beverly D'Angelo) forgets to lock the door on the shared bathroom in their London hotel. A man comes in to brush his teeth and is pleasantly surprised when Ellen—washcloth over face and believing the man to be her hubby, Clark—calls to him from the bathtub to join her. Shock and hilarity ensue. The accidental intruder was played by none of ther than Robbie Coltrane, 16 years before he embodied Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.