CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

20 March 2010

Back in the early 1980’s a resurgence of interest in traditional beers was just gaining a foothold in Devon; and a few new breweries had come into the market-place to help satisfy the demand for traditional, quality beers that had been created by the formation of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) a few years earlier.

 Among those breweries was Exe Valley Brewery, which was started by ex-publican Richard Barron in a barn on his farm in Silverton.  He commenced brewing in 1984 and started with a 4% abv beer ‘Barron’s Draught’.  For the first seven years Richard did all the work in the brewery himself from brewing the beer to delivering to the pubs.  In 1991 he was joined by ex brewer’s wholesaler Guy Sheppard who brought his experience in marketing and distribution into the business. 

 Since its humble beginnings, Exe Valley Brewery has gone from strength to strength, with its beers being well respected in the trade and in Devon and beyond.  Richard retired from the brewery in 2003 and the business is now wholly owned by Guy Sheppard who, along with his two employees, continues to produce excellent beers using quality ingredients and traditional methods.

 Any business should be proud to be able to say that it has been around for 25 years and we at Exe Valley Brewery are pleased to have achieved this.   To celebrate this milestone, Guy has brewed a special beer, XXV, which is available to pubs that we supply, for the next few months.  XXV is also available as a guest beer to all the Wetherspoon’s pubs nationally during the autumn.  Our actual birthday is in October and we hope that you will celebrate with us then.

 XXV is a Golden Ale at 4.3% abv, brewed with Cascade and Bobek hops, locally grown Devon malt and our own spring water.  These give XXV a lovely hop aroma, a good depth of body from the malt and a zesty aftertaste on the tongue. .

 The artwork for the new pump clips has been produced by local designers Toucan Graphic Design, who have drawn on the Roman heritage of our local city of Exeter for their inspiration.