A glass of Herts: Green Tye brewery
PUBLISHED: 10:11 14 November 2015
A look at the pub brewery near Much Hadham in Herts
If you know where to look, Hertfordshire has a brilliant collection of pubs brewing their own beers, and they really are a refreshing find.
One such pub is The Prince of Wales in the heart of Green Tye, a tiny hamlet near Much Hadham in east Herts. The man behind the brewing is pub owner Rob Osborne, who bought the Prince of Wales (thepow.co.uk) in 2013, leaving behind a career in transport.
There was a microbrewery already on site in one of the outhouses, which had been producing beers as the Ash Valley Craft Brewery since 1999, so Rob decided to give it a try himself. All this for a man who admitted he had never had any aspirations to own a pub or to become a brewer. ‘The whole thing was a spur of the moment decision,’ he said.
Nevertheless, he began brewing IPAs and similarly styled ales, generally using American hops, and they have been very popular with the locals. Current creations include the citrus-packed Pale Rider and the pale and fruity Poppyfields. The beers have also been well received at festivals – including the renowned St Albans beer festival in October.
As an added bonus, The Prince of Wales is one of the few places you’ll find Hadham Secret Cider, a hearty 7.5 per cent autumnal treat that is brewed by one of Rob’s friends in the village, and has become another firm favourite.
With a log fire lit to keep you warm and cosy, this really is the perfect time of year to stop by this welcoming pub for a pint of Hertfordshire ale or cider.