*Please note Old Dairy Brewery, Kent is not running tours until further notice*
If you have ever enjoyed a pint of beer and wondered how it's made, then this experience will answer all your questions. The basic principles of brewing beer have remained unchanged for centuries and during this tour you will see all parts of the process including: fermenting, where the sugar is broken down into alcohol; conditioning, which gives beer a smoother taste; and filtering which stabilises the flavour and gives beer its polished shine and brilliance. To complete this experience you will also get to taste some of the brewery's beers.
At the beginning of your experience you will first meet your expert brewery guide. Then you will be taken around the brewery where you will get to see what goes on behind the scenes. A brief history of the brewery itself and the beers produced may also be included. At the end of the tour you will taste a selection of the beers produced and then visit the brewery shop to perhaps purchase something to enjoy at home.
This experience is available on selected dates depending on location, throughout the year.
Your experience will typically last 1 to 3 hours depending on the venue chosen.
This experience is for two people, there will be other people on the tour.
Unfortunately this experience is not suitable for spectators.
The minimum age to participate in this experience is 18 years old.
This is for a voucher entitling the holder to any of the activities supplied by Activity Superstore up to the value stated.
Lord Conrad's Brewery, Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Stuart finance director, July 2019
What do you get when an arts student becomes a marketing professional who then starts up his own brewery? The short answer is you get Lord Conrad’s brewery. A professional brewer, who has an eye for detail, and a creative flair for new artwork, new beers and even the odd cider.
Once nicknamed “Lord” your brewer for the tour, in this micro-brewery, is both very knowledgeable and very passionate about the detailed process that goes into making a good brew. In fact, this tour is ideally suited to those who want to get stuck into the finer points of brewing, stage by stage, process by process, with Lord on hand to answer any relevant questions you can think of.
I started my tour by selecting a beer to have on hand, for tasting purposes of course, as the next couple of hours went by. I knew a little about how beer was produced but like all recipes the end product is only as good as the ingredients and the execution of the process, which is what you really get an understanding of from Lord. Tasting and smelling the different grains, discussing the other ingredients from vanilla pods to lavender, and even brewing a tea like substance from dried hops, to tasting what the hops will bring to the flavour as opposed to how they smell. That’s a revelation in itself.
The tour is very informative but informal in the relaxed setting of the production area. You leave with a chance to purchase some of the brewery’s bottled products but also armed with the knowledge of what an Alpha % is, knowing a Citra hop from a floral earthy hop, and most importantly an insight into how to choose the right beer the next time you are at the bar!
Wear comfortable shoes as you are standing for the duration on a concrete floor. Also, bring a non-drinking driver so you can have their tastings as well.