Holsworthy Ales is a microbrewery situated in the heart of the Ruby Country in Devon. They started brewing in 2011 based in Clawton, near Holsworthy. Their approach to brewing, which is unique in Devon, goes back to traditional methods and avoids additives.
We first met the lovely David and Sarah from Holsworthy Ales at a Ruby Country Market and were introduced to their Muck & Straw Ale. You’ve got to admit that it is a fabulous name for a beer and once you’ve tasted it you’ll agree its great too. Of course they don’t just make one, at the last count it was around eleven ales, all with equally brilliant names!
From April to October they hold Brewery Nights from 6.30 – 9.30pm on the last Saturday of the month, where they sell their ale at £2.00 pint along with food from local producers. In June it was curry, next month its local sausages and burgers. On Saturday night the spotlight was on us where our Ploughman’s platters were on offer.
Spot on 6.30pm the first customer arrived on his tractor with his dog, followed by a couple in their vintage Ford Anglia. Only this scene could happen in Devon!
Despite the fact that Holsworthy Ales is situated in the middle of nowhere, well out of the village of Clawton, and also perhaps because there is no pub in the village there was a steady flow of customers.
One of the locals, Dave, who we met when we first arrived to set up gifted a trug of his home grown tomatoes to the supper. It was a lovely gesture and everyone loved them! Thank you Dave!
It was such a gorgeous evening that most people sat outside eating and drinking.
A few opted to mingle inside, closer to the bar!
Anyway wherever they sat they all seemed to have a good time, the beer flowed and the ploughman’s platters sold out!
We enjoyed ourselves too!
The next Brewery night is 30th August. For more details, go to www.holsworthyales.co.uk follow on Twitter @holsworthyales