Brewing Experience

Brewing Experience

A half day ‘hands on’ brewing experience for 1-6 people including breakfast, lunch, refreshments, full tuition, beer tasting and a gift pack to take home.

brew your own beer!

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an accomplished home brewer, our brewing experience is both fun and informative and also makes the perfect gift!

Working within our brewery in Wetherby, you’ll get to learn what makes a great beer, enjoy a ‘hands on’ experience crafting your own ale, learn how to pull a pint, and (best of all) sample some great tasting beers!

Finally, as a memento of your visit, you’ll receive a selection of bottled ales, a branded glass and brewing certificate to take home.

What's included?

Every attendee receives: –

  • Half day 'hands on' tuition
  • Breakfast sandwich and buffet lunch
  • Teas, coffees and soft drinks
  • 2 pints of cask beer at our Tap Room bar
  • 2 bottles of beer to take home
  • 2 beer mats
  • 1 framed personalised certificate
  • 1 branded pint glass
  • 1 gift pack carrier

HIGHLIGHTS

  • You choose what to brew
  • Learn how to brew a great beer
  • Brew 250 litres (400+ pints)
  • Handle ingredients (barley, wheat, hops)
  • Use commercial brewing equipment
  • Learn about beer storage and serving
  • Learn how to pull the perfect pint
  • Enjoy a variety of cask beers
  • Receive a unique pump clip design
  • Your beer served in our Tap Room bar
  • 10% discount on all purchases

HOW YOU’LL BE SPENDING YOUR DAY

1. MEET & GREET

Upon arrival, you’ll will be greeted by one of our team. Whilst you are enjoying your complimentary breakfast and refreshments you will be given a quick overview of our business, a brief health and safety briefing and an agenda for the day.

2. WHAT TO BREW?

Pint of Wetherby Brew Co Stout on a picnic table

Next comes the exciting bit… deciding what to brew! You’ll be introduced to the available ingredients and supplied with a variety of recipe cards for inspiration. You’ll also be tasked with choosing a name for your ale (make it a good one as your beer will ultimately be sold in our Tap Room bar!).

3. the mash

Wetherby Brew Co brewing experience guests mash tun
It’s then time to roll up your sleeves and start brewing! You’ll be selecting and weighing out malted barley and wheat and getting your hands on our 250 litre Braumeister brewing kit (don’t worry, you’ll be guided every step of the way).

4. QUIZ TIME

Wetherby Brew Co brewing experience guests stirring mash paddle

Once the ‘mash’ is underway, it’s quiz time! You’ll receive a brief history lesson on brewing from centuries ago to the present day, you’ll learn about the physics and chemistry of brewing and  a few interesting facts and figures.

We’ll also give you an explanation of what will happen to your beer after your experience ends.

5. CELLAR SKILLS

Inside the Wetherby Brew Co brewery

You’ll then be introduced to our beer cellar (don’t worry it’s actually on the ground floor) where you will be shown how casks are stored, conditioned and set up for service. Stillage, tapping, venting… you’ll learn it all here!

6. BAR SKILLS

Wetherby Brew Co brewing experience guests pulling a pint

Now that you’ve learned how to brew and store a great beer, it’s time to learn how to serve one! You’ll spend time behind our bar and will be shown how to pull the perfect pint. You’ll also get the opportunity to enjoy your two complimentary pints of cask beer.

7. DESIGN TIME

Brew your own beer pump clip design

Next up, it’s design time! You’ll sit down with our designer, and using professional industry standard software, you’ll be designing a pump clip or bottle label of your very own.

Whether you want something ‘traditional’, ‘contemporary’ or ‘wild and whacky’, the design is up to you (our designer will of course be on hand to help you and give you ideas).

8. THE BOIL

Wetherby Brew Co brewing experience guests brewing a beer

The final stage of the brewing experience will see you ‘digging out’ the mash tun and starting ‘the boil’.

You’ll be infusing the hops you selected earlier with the beer wort to give your beer its final flavour and aroma.

9. PRESENTATION

Wetherby Brew Co brewing experience guests holding a certificate

At the end of your experience, you’ll be presented with a personalised framed brewing certificate.

You’ll also receive a gift carry pack containing a branded glass, beer mats, and two bottles of Wetherby Brew Co Beer of your choosing.

Finally, we’ll take a photo of your group for you to share with your friends.

10. RELAX WITH A BEER

Wetherby Brew Co Tap Room Bar

Once you’ve completed your experience, there’s no need to rush off. We encourage your family and friends to join you in our Tap Room ‘The Beer Station’ where you can relax and reflect on your brewing achievements! We serve a variety of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks and children are permitted up until 8.00pm.

11. GRAB YOUR DISCOUNT

Wetherby brewery bottles on a shelf

Finally, before departing  you can purchase a selection of Wetherby Brew Co beers (and other fine guest ales) from our well stocked bottle shop, and better yet, you’ll receive a 10% discount on all purchases on the day!

AT A GLANCE

Group size 1 - 6
Starts 9:30 AM
Ends 2:30 PM
Duration 4 -5 hours
Age restriction 18 +
Price £95 pp

Please note that if you are booking for less than 6 people you may be required to share your experience with up to 5 other beer lovers. 

Frequently asked questions

No. Prior brewing experience is not necessary, and we’ll guide you every step of the way. Whether you’re a complete novice or a keen home brewer, we’ll tailor your time with us accordingly. If you have a specific brewing interest or objective, please let us know in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate your requirements.

The experience takes place at our premises in Wetherby, home to our microbrewery, tap room and bottle shop. You’ll find us just 5 minutes from J45 or J46 of the A1, and a short walk from the town centre. Wetherby itself is half way between London and Edinburgh, close to the Yorkshire Dales, and easily accessible from York, Leeds, and Harrogate. Please visit our find us page for a map and directions. There is ample on-site parking.

The Wetherby brewing experience is held on most Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year (subject to availability and other events taking place).

Brewing great beer takes time and cannot be rushed! The brewing experience typically lasts 4-5 hours, usually starting at 9.30am and ending around 1.30 – 2.30pm.  If you are booking for a full group (and have a subsequent engagement) it may be possible to amend times slightly. Please contact us to discuss any specific requirements.

We generally recommend bookings for groups of six. If you are looking to book individual places you may be asked to share the experience with up to 5 other beer enthusiasts. Larger groups may be accommodated by prior arrangement (please contact us to discuss your requirements).

Simply click on one of the buttons below and follow the instructions on screen tp add your experience to our secure shopping cart. Alternatively, you may make bookings in person at the brewery, where one of our team will be only happy to help you.

That’s up to you! Your experience includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and two pints of cask ale. There are no other additional costs on the day, however many of our guests choose to use their delegate discount to purchase additional beers from our well stocked bottle shop. We accept cash and all major debit/credit cards.

You should receive an automatic confirmation of your booking, complete  with an order number.

We’ll then  e-mail you (or your gift recipient)  joining instructions.

No, unfortunately. The experience is very ‘hands on’ and aimed at smaller groups. Given its intimate nature (and the limited amount of space available) we’re unable to accommodate spectators. Don’t worry though… there are plenty of local attractions for your partner, friends or family to explore whilst you brew, including Stockeld Park (ideal for the kids). Wetherby also has a good selection of independent cafes and shops and some scenic riverside walks.

Yes. The Wetherby Brewing Experience is an ideal way to kick off a weekend of celebration. We’re happy to accommodate enquiries for all types of occasions, including; anniversaries, birthday parties, christenings and stag and hen parties. Please contact us to discuss any specific requirements.

Yes. We welcome enquiries for corporate events and would be happy to discuss preparing a bespoke package to meet your specific needs. We’re also happy to recommend local businesses, including hotels, eateries, transport companies, venues and attractions.

In most instances, your beer will be both bottled and casked and will be on sale at our Tap Room approximately 4 weeks after your experience. Your beer will also be available to enjoy from the cask at our bar (the perfect opportunity to bring along friends and family along to sample your brewing prowess!). If you’d like to reserve some bottles for purchase, we’d be happy to set some aside for you, and providing we’re not too busy, we will also give you the opportunity to get back behind the bar and pull a pint for yourself. If you’re unable to return to the brewery for any reason, you can pre-order your bottled beers and we will deliver these to an address of your choosing (postage will be charged at cost).

Everything you need on the day is included within the package. We’d recommend that you bring a change of clothing (particularly if you have a more formal engagement afterwards). We’ll send you a full list of what to bring in your joining instructions.

The brewing process involves dealing with raw ingredients including water, malt, hops and yeast. As such, there is a possibility your clothing may get wet and/or dusty. We suggest casual comfortable clothing suitable for a working environment. We recommend wearing closed shoes and avoiding baggy items and jewellery. The brewing area can be quite cold at times, so please be prepared to ‘wrap up’ (especially in the winter months). Whilst we don’t offer dedicated changing facilities, our accessible WC can be used for changing when required.

Yes. The brewing experience is based on the ground floor of our premises. Although space in the brewing area is limited our venue is wheelchair friendly and features an accessible toilet. Should you have any specific needs, we will do our very best to cater for them.

Yes. These are listed below: –

* Over 18’s only.
* Price is per person.
* Payment is in advance.
* No dogs (except Guide Dogs).
* Each group is for 1-6 people.
* You may be asked to join.

* In the event of your late arrival, brewing may commence without you.

* Refunds will only be made if we are unable to fulfil your booking.

BOOK ONLINE

RESERVE A DATE

Wetherby Brewing Experience Calendar

Reserve your experience using our on-line booking system. Once you’ve paid for your experience, your place is secured.

This is the best option if have a specific date in mind.

Ideal for

  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Corporate
  • Groups
  • Stag and hen parties
  • Surprise gift
  • Team building

WHY CHOOSE THIS OPTION?

  • Guaranteed booking date
  • Immediate confirmation
  • Easier planning
  • Peace of mind

... or PURCHASE A VOUCHER

Wetherby brewing experience gift voucher

Purchase an online voucher that’s valid for 12 months. The voucher recipient can then contact us to arrange a booking. 

This is the best option if you’re flexible on dates.

Ideal for

  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Christmas
  • Leaving gift
  • Incentive or reward
  • Surprise gift
  • Wedding gift

WHY CHOOSE THIS OPTION?

  • Personalised voucher
  • Valid for 12 months
  • Option to send by email
  • Printer friendly
  • Greater flexibility

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