Taw Valley Brewery :: Devon :: Small batch craft beers hand made with care
A 'proper job' micro-brewery
We brew on an old-school stainless steel rig. It can crank out about 1,000 pints each run and at full capacity (with lots of tea) we can brew twice a fortnight. We're proud to be a proper micro-brewery (technically a 'nano-brewery') - small batches of real 'craft' ale in traditional casks or conditioned in the bottle. All hand made with care here in Devon.
Our core range:
Tawton Session Ale @4% abv / 40 ibu
Black Ops @3.9% abv / 45 ibu
Taw Golden Brown @4.5% abv / 29 ibu
Kennard's Steam Ale @4.2% abv / 14 ibu
A traditional best bitter brewed exclusively for The Plume of Feathers in Okehampton. Inspired by the types of ales that would have been served by Kennard-the-landlord back in the day, it has a fruity blackcurrant finish and a really nice mouthfeel. This ale will be a permanent fixture at The Plume from November 2018 and is all set to become the local favourite.
The following are one offs or seasonal:
Devon Jester @4.2% abv / 15 ibu
First brewed in late August 2018, Devon Jester is a hoppy pale ale made with Cascade and Jester hops. Highly quaffable and packing loads of fruity aromas from a big dolloping of Jester dry hopped late in the fermenter. Probably destined to become a regular offering, it's currently available in cask (9gal firkin or 4.5gal pin) and 500ml bottles.
Franken's Curse @4.2% abv / 32 ibu
Round these parts, legend has it that a local brewer called St Franken sold his soul to the devil in return for an apple blossom blight and reduced competition from Devonshire Cider. To this day, locals fear the damage a late frost can have on the apple harvest and celebrate Franken Night towards the end of May as the point when the potential for a frost has passed. Our Franken's Curse ale was first brewed in late May 2018, using a newly developed variety of UK hop called Jester. A tawny coloured ale laden with fruits and a complex malty bitterness. Was available in limited quantities throughout the summer 2018 in cask (9gal firkin or 4.5gal pin). We currently hold a good stock of 500ml bottles.
Spring Taw @4.2% abv / 31 ibu
Our limited edition golden ale for Spring 2018. A fresh and slightly spicy blend of traditional all-English hops. Made with our local floor malted Maris Otter malt with a touch of medium crystal and crushed wheat. A hoppy golden ale with a good shine and plenty of feel-good factor. Was available in limited quantities during April and May 2018 in cask (9gal firkin or 4.5gal pin) and 500ml bottles (all gone now).
Moortown Golden Ale @4.2% abv / 34 ibu
A dry golden ale with a biscuity malt backbone. Grassy, floral notes and moderate bitterness. Subtle dry hopping added late during fermentation imparts aroma and slight elderflower characteristics. A good beer for a hot day or for matching with Chinese foods (we found it pairs incredibly well with Peking duck, thereby solving that common quandary). We have a few 500ml bottles left.
All our ale is brewed with Taw Valley spring water from our well
Our casks are fined with Isinglass in the traditional way.
Our bottle conditioned ales are unfined and unfiltered. So handle the bottle with care - giving the yeast time to settle before diving in - and pour carefully to leave the yeast sediment behind.
Our ale is best served at between 10-13c.
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