Stubley Stout gets bottled!

A team of around a dozen turned out to bottle two kegs of the brown nectar…. andeach had their own task…mine was to load the cleaned bottles onto the table where the bottle filler filled, he passed the bottles to the Crown Corkerer, who passsed them to the labeller, who passed them to the Batch label sticker-on, who passed them to the Putter into Boxes operator. It was a brilliant Team effort…

Unique gift idea: brewery membership!

What to buy the person who has everything…?

How about something totally unique: membership of a genuine community brewery.

Perks of membership include:

  • exclusive member events
  • free tastings
  • opportunity to brew the beer
  • having input into the names and types of beer we make
  • and many more benefits as the brewery grows…

You can buy membership securely online from our web shop – just click here.

Grow your own hops for our beer!

Are you green fingered? Or just fancy an unusual challenge?

We are inviting members to grow their own hops, which will be used in a Drone Valley brew!

hop rhizome
This is a photo of a hop rhizome, which is a cutting from the root and the starting point for growing your own.


It would be great to have a brew made with local hops grown by members and named after the grower who produces the greatest yield! 

Hops are scarce at the moment, so it will go some small way to stem the current shortage as well as really reducing our carbon footprint.

Starter packs will be available to get you growing.

Want to join in? Please let Jez know by emailing chair@dronevalleybrewery.com

Good luck!

A trip to our malt supplier…

Our brewing licence from HMRC will be arriving any day now, so our malt supplier Thomas Fawcett & Sons invited us to their impressive premises in Castleford. The business started in 1809 in Castleford and it is family run. Customers range from micro breweries like ours, through to the well known outfits like Black Sheep, Bass and Morland – even Heineken! They supply the international market too, delivering to places as distant as South Africa and New Zealand!

Steeping the barley

We were hosted by owner James Fawcett, a passionate maltster and lovely chap. He took us around the whole site from the Victorian malt floors still in use to this day, then to the 1950’s Saladin equipment, and finally the state of the art automated germinating kilning vessel. They have a separate plant for the more specialised crystal/dark roasted malts. Part of the original building dates to 1795!

c Hi-viz man with rake

We would like to thank James and his team for their hospitality. We will be inviting the Fawcett’s team to our official launch (date TBC), so that our members can meet them too.

v The lab 24 varieties