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Welsh Whisky Tour - Penderyn Distillery 19th October 2017

Penderyn Distillery produces award-winning single malt whiskies and spirits in the foothills of the magnificent Brecon Beacons in South Wales.

Producing their own malted barley spirit which, when matured, is recognised worldwide as one of the finest single malt whiskies., the majority of their spirit goes into casks for ageing in their cellars. The remainder is used to craft other spirits.

Whilst most Scottish and Irish distilleries use a conventional two or three-pot still system, the technology developed at Penderyn allows an extremely clean ‘flavourful’ spirit to be produced from a single still.

In 2014 a pair of Scottish-style ‘lantern’ stills were commissioned, which allow them to experiment with new whiskies.

For a review of the tour CLICK HERE and photos CLICK HERE

Tour of the Lakes Distillery  5th October 2017

Founded by Paul Currie, who co-founded the widely acclaimed, award winning Arran distillery, production is overseen by one of Scotland’s foremost whisky experts, Alan Rutherford, former production director at Diageo and council member of the Scotch Whisky Association.

A green distillery, biomass boilers, burning fuel from sustainable sources, are used for all heating and hot water on the site and the draff, or barley waste, from whisky production, is fed to local cattle.

The distillery has its own on-site sewerage plant and recycled water is used for cooling the plant. An oil boiler is used for the steam required for the distilling process, and a biomass boiler for all other heating requirements, including heating the buildings and offices.

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West Berkshire Brewery Tour  26th September

As part of a five-million-pound expansion, West Berkshire Brewery (WBB) is launching its brand-new brewery and packaging line. Final preparations are underway and the brewery is aiming to be fully operational in their purpose built new facility by mid-August 2017.

WBB will be offering contract packaging to other brewers on their top of the range kit which can package into can, bottle, keg, and cask. WBB can accommodate for contract packaging in volumes from 30HL to 210HL.

The expansion comes after year on year growth for WBB who are now on their fourth expansion after setting up in 1995 in the back of The Pot Kiln pub in Frilsham.

For a review of the tour CLICK HERE and photos CLICK HERE

Tour of Beatson Clark  17th May 2017

Beatson Clark specialise in providing glass packaging solutions for niche brands in the pharmaceutical, food and drink markets worldwide.  Their key to success has been their flexibility, innovation and the high quality of their containers.  Their customers are at the core of their business and they are proud of the longstanding partnerships they have developed due to the outstanding level of service they offer.

With a wide range of glass bottles for beverages in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit products from beers, real ales and lagers to soft drinks and FABs, join the tour of their facility to gain  in-depth information on their beer and cider range of glass bottles.

Please click here for a review of the Beatson Clark tour

Tour of Oakham Ales, Peterborough  5th April 2017

Oakham Ales is a multi award winning brewery based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.  Founded in 1993 in Oakham, Rutland where it began brewing with a ten barrel plant on a small industrial estate, before mvoing to its current site in 2006.

The brewery continues to produce award winning ales and its talented brewing team is renowned for its creativeness and innovation both at home and abroad.

Please click here for a review of the Oakham Ales tour


BFBi hosted a range of tours in the past including the below;

  • Wild Beer Co. Shepton Mallett
  • Bevisol, Ledbury
  • Botanix Tour and Tasting, Paddock Wood, Kent
  • Chase Distillery, Hereford
  • Tour of the New Hydes' Brewery, Manchester
  • Weston's Cider, Ledbury
  • Edwin Holden's Bottling, Woodsetton, West Midlands
  • G & J Distillers (Greenall's Gin Distillery)
  • Tour of Everards Brewery, Leciester
  • Thomas Hardy Packaging and Brewing
  • Tour of Purity Brewing



 
 
 
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