Food & Drink Friday, June 10th Words by: Lauren Rogers, pictures by: Johana Joudalova

Herefordshire's Wye Valley Brewery launches 1985 lager

Food & Drink Friday, June 10th

Herefordshire's Wye Valley Brewery launches 1985 lager

New branding, new lager - Wye Vallery Brewery's been busy.

The Herefordshire brewhouse has specialised in cask ale since Peter Amor started making beer in a tiny room at the back of The Barrels.

Thirty years later, now based in Stoke Lacy, Wye Valley Brewery is making its first kegged lager, aptly named 1985.

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The crisp Kolsch-style lager was officially launched at the brewhouse on June 9 - with help from The Beefy Boys, who've made a film to promote the beer.

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"For Vernon [Peter's son and current WVB managing director], it was a natural expansion of our range," said head brewer Gareth Bateman.

"For me, it was literally like being the kid in the candy store and every brewer's dream challenge.

"As soon as we'd ordered the specialist brewing kit, the real fun began. Several trial brews later, it was clear that our own yeast, rather than yeast that's typically used in lagers, was the best as it simply tasted better.

"The result is 1985 - a cool, crisp lager, pale straw in colour with an earthy bitterness that is dervied from locally grown Pilot hops."

Like Wye Valley Brewery's already established real ales - HPA, Butty Bach, Wye Valley Bitter etc - no preservatives are used.  

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1985 will be on sale in pubs in and around Herefordshire over the coming weeks.

It'll also be available at the Courtyard in Hereford during the Wye Valley Brewery-sponsored Barrel of Laughs Weekend, featuring Rob Beckett, Seann Walsh, the Noise Next Door and Comedy Scratch Night. 

It's hoped the lager will go on sale in bottles later this year.

 

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