Because life's too short to drink crap beer 😋
The Good Life down on Common Farm, Waverton …
As real ale goes, we have a number of really good – proper pubs in Chester and Cheshire – with dedicated and committed landlords who know a thing or two about really good beer. The art of brewing has become a thing of artisan excellence, and WLGT is really pleased to be working with one of the best local breweries for miles around, Spitting Feathers.
Common Farm in Waverton has been home to the Spitting Feathers brewery since 2005 when Matthew Whalley cashed in a pension (at the age of 33) and spent it on brewing equipment. Before the ink was dry on the documentation – his very first brew – Old Wavertonian – had won Beer Of The Festival at CAMRA Northwich Beer Festival 2005, and they haven’t looked back since.
Spitting Feathers is known for producing superb quality and super-exciting craft beer in keg, cask and bottle. Today, head brewer Tom keeps up the impeccably high, multi award-winning standards set by Matthew some 16 years ago.
Tom is now responsible for the production of a fabulous range of beer to please the most fanatical real ale fans (and let’s face – there are loads of them!), so continuity is pretty key throughout the whole process. Only the best quality grains and hops are used to these exacting recipes, and it’s this attention to detail which ensures Spitting Feathers beers continue to feature and guest in the regions finest pubs.
But as I have recently discovered, there is much more going on at Common Farm than just award-winning brewing! The used grains from the brewery are a valuable feed for the cattle and pigs living on the farm – and it’s this excellent, local meat which supplies the two pubs also owned and operated by Spitting Feathers – The Brewery Tap in Chester and The West Kirby Tap on the Wirral. Both pubs are well known for their great quality pub grub (the Sunday Roast Pork from Common Farm is pretty famous around these parts) and of course the beer is revered by so many regulars.
Spitting Feathers also makes the most amazing cider of the old school variety – and those apples come straight from the orchard on the farm too. And the really good news is that they deliver straight to your door on Wednesdays and Thursdays, free for orders of over £30.
And that’s not all!
If you fancy a full-on Spitting Feathers experience, then the Brewbarn Sessions are for you. These take place on Saturday afternoons and include a brewery tour, a selection of ales and cider, great farm food (the hog roast is excellent and has literally zero carbon miles farm-to-fork), great entertainment from local bands and singers from 2pm til 6pm – and amazing value at just £25 per head. Visit the website to find out more and check availability.
The Spitting Feathers Beer Festivals are also legendary, local get-togethers – there are a few tickets left for this years event but be quick – they always sell out! (find out more here).
Common Farm is a really lovely place to be. Matthew and his team have closed the loop on local produce and sustainability, whilst also remaining many steps ahead with innovation, creativity and resourcefulness. I am so excited to bring you regular, seasonal stories about The Good Life at Common Farm just outside Chester, so stay tuned …