Drone Valley Community Brewery

In April the brewery was officially launched by Natascha Engel MP who exchanged calling ‘order’ as deputy speaker to taking orders behind the bar. Well over 100 members and guests enjoyed the band, Blind Badger and the buffet from Chariots kitchen, Dronfield. To finish the night in true style, one of the members fell into the river-it was very cold by the squeal that was heard…!

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Beer production is now in full swing at this, member owned and volunteer run, brewery on the banks of the river Drone at Unstone.

The stock range includes the popular Dronny Bottom Bitter (3.7%) and Gosforth Gold (4.0%) both of which are getting repeat orders, to the stronger Fanshawe Blonde (4.8%), the ‘fabulous’ Stubley Stout (5.2%) and the ‘splendid’ proper, Drone Valley IPA (5.2%). Recent additions have been the seven malt Coal Aston Porter (4.5%), a 6.4% strong pale ale and a weissbier beer in recognition of the twinned town of Sindelfingen in Wurttemberg.

Several pubs around the Three Valleys beer festival will have Drone Valley beers on offer. A chance to collect them all!

Both the Three Tuns and the Pioneer club in Dronfield will have specific bars selling a selection, for all tastes.

We continue to welcome new members and investors, many of whom are playing an active role as registered volunteers.

Jez Horton

Chair, Drone Valley Brewery


About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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