The three B’s – bikes, beer and breweries

As many cyclists will attest to, bikes and beer are often happy bedfellows with many a summer ride ending with a pint in a sunny beer garden or winter rides finishing in front of an open fire. So it’s no coincidence that many breweries are run by or employ people who ride bikes and have direct links to local cycling clubs. Brewers and bike riders seem to share an appreciation of the simple pleasures in life, such as a ride and a good pint of fine English ale.

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There are over a dozen breweries in the Chilterns producing award winning beers and most of them do tours and tasting sessions with shops selling their own products as well as other local produce. Set in some of the finest locations in the Chilterns they make great ride destinations for a day out with friends, with many of them on or close to the Chilterns Cycleway or other great cycle routes. Some even have routes that start on their doorstep, created for the Cycle Chilterns Brewery Rides, with maps available on our website.

Breweries in the Chilterns

Haresfoot Craft Beer Berkhamsted – website

The first brewery in Berkhamsted since 1914, Haresfoot is resurrecting a brewing heritage in 2014. Started by a group of friends and business living in and around Berkhamsted, the brewery employs local people and has created a new destination. They have an on site shop and bar for taste of all the latest brews.

Loddon Brewery Dunsden – website

“We are a family run company with a close knit team of seven employees. The brewery was founded by Chris and Vanessa Hearn in 2002 and we commenced brewing in July 2003. We are based in a small village called Dunsden Green, situated on the rural estate of Lord Phillimore.”

Henley Brewing Company Henley-on-Thames – website

Housed in what was formerly a Victorian police station, The Henley Brew House is a charming free-house pub in the centre of the bustling market town of Henley-on-Thames with a micro-brewery on site. Charming, relaxed pub atmosphere, real ales and dining.

Lovibonds Brewery Henley-on-Thames – website

Founded in Henley in 2005, with a passion for making great craft beer they take particular pride in associating the Lovibond name with brewing again, and continuing the craft brewing tradition that their home town of Henley-on-Thames has enjoyed for centuries. Open at weekends, pop in for a pint, take away, pick up some fresh veg, live music and the unforgettable ‘Beer School’.

Rebellion Beer Company Marlow Bottom – website

“Rebellion started brewing in 1993 in a small industrial unit in Marlow Bottom. Over the years we have expanded the brewery several times and now occupy several buildings within the same farm site. We currently produce approximately 70,000 pints per week and you can find our beers in over 400 local pubs, in our brewery shop or in several local supermarkets and off licenses.” Shop, club membership, tours and open nights.

Malt the Brewery Prestwood – website

A relatively new brewery to the Chilterns having only opened in 2013 but already cycle friendly with bike rack installed to celebrate the visit of the Tour of Britain in 2014. Only open at certain times for tastings, sales and tours they have cask and bottled real ales.

Red Squirrel Brewery Co Potten End – website

“At Red Squirrel whilst we are quintessentially English and proud our heritage our brewers on their quest for perfect have been greatly influenced by village communities and local produce in Italy, Spain and France where flavour, quality of produce and freshness are the key ingredients to producing world class products.” The brewery has a shop and a fully stocked Beer Shop in Chesham.

Binghams Brewery Ruscombe, Twyford – website

“Binghams Brewery is a microbrewery brewing on a 10 barrel plant producing quality cask ales across the spectrum, from light to dark, weak (3.7%) to something with a bit more oomph (5.0%). Our beers have scooped awards at beer festivals across the country.” Shop, tours and the Binghams Beer Club.

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Tring Brewery Tring – website

The Tring Brewery Company was founded in 1992 and after a ‘brewing drought’ of over fifty years it once again brought the traditional art of brewing back to the picturesque West Hertfordshire market town of Tring. Tring Brewery’s ales are prepared by the traditional method, using the finest ingredients, most of which are home grown, include hops from Kent and Worcestershire. This, in conjunction with Tring’s ideal hard water, provides the perfect formula for classic ales. Beer on tap, take away, local produce, tours and local cycling knowledge.

Chiltern Brewery Terrick – website

“Built on an old working farm in the heart of the Chilterns, the emphasis has always been to produce natural, wholesome beers using the best, class A malt and hops sourced in England. Our brewing process mirrors age-old methods and our beers are brewed with skill, passion and integrity. We have always been proud to support British farmers and all of our ingredients have a good provenance.” Shop, take away, local produce, tasting sessions and tours.

Hen House Brewery Whitchurch on Thames – website

One of the smaller breweries with limited beers and production, Hen House Brewery makes a genuinely handmade craft beer, in small quantities, unfiltered and unpasteurised. The beers are available only from the brewery shop, which is open on Saturday afternoons between two and four o’clock.

Britannia Brewery Beaconsfield – website

So new we can’t even find any information about it. Apparently, a micro-brewery in England’s oldest freehouse. Definitely a pub of character with a great atmosphere, can’t wait to try their beers!

Wineries and Vineyards in the Chilterns

Frithsden Vineyard Hemel Hempstead – website

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Frithsden Vineyard Shop

“Frithsden Vineyard had been out of use for several years when Simon and Natalie Tooley discovered the site in 2005. The disused vineyard was bought in 2006. After lots of research, 6000 vines were planted on the site. The vines are unusual varieties that are specially developed to grow in our cooler climate. Our wine is grown, pressed and bottled in our winery building. We pick the grapes by hand in September and October. The wine is then bottled in March or April.” Lovely little Terrace Cafe for light lunches, tours, tastings, shop, visits, events and parties.

Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery Hambleden – website

“Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Old Luxters is home to ‘Chiltern Valley Wines’, its Vineyard, Winery, Old Luxters Brewery, Liqueur making facilities and cellar shop. Our first vines were planted in 1982 on the slopes of the Chiltern Hills, surrounded by beech woodland and overlooking the beautiful Hambleden Valley. Our modern production, bottling and labelling facilities, cellar shop and wine vats are all housed in traditional farm buildings.” Shop, tastings, tours, refreshments and accommodation.

Daws Hill Vineyard Radnage – website

Started in 2004 the vineyard initially suffered some bad luck and soil problems with weather in subsequent years also resulting in poor harvests. However, things have now picked up and the vineyard produces some excellent sparkling wines and in good years a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Tours and a shop.

Stanlake Park Wine Estate Twyford – website

“Stanlake Park is one of the UK’s most successful wine producers. In a high yielding vintage, we will press as many as 200 tons of grapes and make more individual wines than any other winery in Britain. You will find white, rosé and red wines, in addition to our ‘method traditionelle’ sparkling wines which are comparable to high quality Champagne.” Cellar shop and vineyard tours.

Pheasants Ridge Vineyard Hambleden Valley – website

Info coming soon for Pheasants Ridge.

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