The Old Dairy Brewery Tour


Welcome back to another post, it’s been a while since I’ve sat down at my desk and typed anything. It’s been a little chaotic lately trying to fit so many things in at once, but I do have some great posts coming I promise!

A few weeks ago, myself and my trusted travel buddy Jack visited The Old Dairy Brewery in Tenterden (Kent) for a little tour. We were able to sample a few of their craft beer and have a walk around. I am not a beer drinker, I rarely drink these days and Jack is more of a cider guy. I have always been interested in doing tours, whether that be a winery, brewery or whatever else, I love listening to the history of places. Our tickets cost £17 for the both of us from Groupon, you can however visit their website and get tickets there too.

Their brewing story began in 2010 in a converted dairy on a farm (hence the name). Due to increased demand for their beers they moved to our new larger brewery in 2014, which is now housed in two World War II Nissen huts in Tenterden. The Brewery is also home to their Brewery Shop and Taproom.

Only the English finest malts and hops are used to brew their beers in cask, bottles, keg and can. We had the opportunity to smell a few of the hops used in their beers once we were back in the Taproom to drink some more.

We started off by sampling their red top beer. The red top is quite a bitter beer, they say it’ll go well with eating fish. It is their classic 3.8% English ale, brewed with Maris Otter, Crystal, Brown and Chocolate malts. They say it has delicious toffee flavours with a hint of coffee, perfectly balanced against the fruitiness, spice and hints of citrus from East Kent Golding, English Cascade and Challenger hops.

Jack wasn’t particularly impressed with the red top beer but he preferred it to the blue top which we also tried. The blue top beer is inspired by the famous India Pale Ales brewed in the 18th century. It is a 4.8% IPA beer which delivers a satisfying bitterness smoothly balanced with caramel flavours from the Crystal and Maris Otter malts, finished with the refreshing hint of citrus from East Kent Golding, Challenger and Fuggle hops.

To celebrate the Queen’s jubilee, they have also come out with their own jubilee craft beer. It’s a 4.0% light and bitter created by blending a best bitter with a specially brewed light ale.

The Old Dairy have a list of experiences that you should check out, not only do they have the brewery tour but they also have a cycle tour, e-bike tour, ales and rails, museum tour and have other events too!

You can have a drink inside the Taproom which is quite a rustic feel which I quite enjoyed, especially the kegs which where turned into seats too! From what I remember they offered food such as scotch eggs. You can also buy their bottles/cans of beer from them too.

All in all, I’d say if you’re in the area, swing by! I wouldn’t necessarily make the direct trip there again, just because I feel like unless you are a beer fan, you’re not going to fully engage with the atmosphere and what’s going on around you. I would like to say, they of course offer soft drinks too! It’s not all beer, they actually had a very delicious orange juice.

Thank you for reading today’s post. I look forward to sharing more travels with you soon.

Stay safe.

Alanna Jean x

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