By Geoff Sandles

‘Gloucestershire is a terrible county for actual ale’: that used to be the sorrowful evaluate of the county’s brewing historical past within the 1976 strong Beer consultant in accordance with the crusade For genuine Ale. simply breweries have been in operation then, delivering in simple terms 4 genuine ales. the ever present Whitbread PA used to be effortless to discover, however it took a made up our minds attempt to search out the delights of XXX, BB and SBA from the very hot and picturesque Donnington Brewery close to Stow at the Wold. It used to be all a much cry from the dignity days of brewing in Gloucestershire, whilst so much cities may possibly boast their very own neighborhood brewery, generating beers of personality. It’s tempting to be overly sentimental in regards to the closure of much-loved breweries corresponding to Wintle’s woodland Brewery of Mitcheldean, Tayler’s Cotswold Brewery of Northleach etc … yet there have been monetary and social elements that made such rationalisation inevitable.

With the closure of the Whitbread plants Brewery in Cheltenham in 1997, it was once feared that the wealthy background of brewing in Gloucestershire was once lower than danger. even though, approximately 20 years later, Gloucestershire is awash with breweries generating actually exceptional and designated beers. certainly, beer drinkers have by no means had it larger. Cheers!

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