Brothers of Ale is an independent micro-brewery close to the heart of Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, dedicated to creating modern, experimental and vibrant craft beers. What started as a hobby soon became a passion, which led to Alex brewing beers at home and even opening a pub in the garage of his family home. Alex & Seb Vale established the micro-brewery at Stourport in 2018, converting a 200-year old building with a restored timber-vaulted roof, just off one of the main roads into the town.
They had a dream, brewing hop-forward, New World, tasty and creative beers to share with the world. Head brewer, Alex, brews some truly unique cask and keg beers, using hops and yeast from around the world and local malts from Worcestershire. The taproom was opened in August 2019.
When we recently visited, the taproom offered 7 cask ales and 6 keg beers, all from Brothers of Ale, along with keg lagers and ciders. The core beers included Peace Out (3.6%), a straw-coloured Dry-Hopped Session Ale, 2-Step (4.4%), a light lager-style beer, Lock N Load (4.2%), a heavily dry-hopped beer, The 7 (4.2%), an easy-sipping American amber ale, Bone Idle (4.8%) dry-hopped IPA and VVD (4.7%) Oatmeal Stout, along with some seasonal ales, including Loudmouth, and wines and spirits.
Occasionally, guest ales from other micro-breweries are on offer. The taproom provides seating for around 50 people, in a cosy and homely environment, with additional space available outside, and features an unusual bespoke suspended chandelier, made from cut-down oil drums.
The taproom is separated from the working brewery, but all the brewing equipment is readily on view. The staff are friendly and always willing to explain and recommend their beers, which are also available to collect from the brewery, along with a local delivery service.
The taproom is usually open on Fridays (1700-2300), Saturdays (1200-2300) and Sundays (1200-2000). Live music features regularly on weekend evenings, often with outside food caterers, and the taproom is also available for private hire. The nearest railway station is at Kidderminster, and there are regular local buses from there to Stourport.
If you’re in North Worcestershire, Brothers of Ale micro-brewery and taproom is certainly worth a visit and you’ll receive a friendly welcome while you enjoy their unique craft beers.
Review by Steve James