J.W.Lees Vintage Harvest Ale 

is only brewed once a year for release on December 1 of each year. It is a Limited Edition Vintage to celebrate the first brew from each year's harvest of barley and hops. Only the first delivery of the year's classic barley malt 'Maris Otter' and the classic hop variety 'Goldings' from East Kent is therefore used.

Fermentation is induced by J.W.Lees 'distinctive three-strain top-fermenting yeast. J.W.Lees Vintage Harvest Ale reaches 11.5 % alc./vol. once completely attenuated with a natural fermentation in open copper lined fermenting vessels that were commissioned in 1876 when the brew house was refurbished [J.W.Lees has been brewing at Greengate Brewery in Middleton Junction for six generations since 1828].

Pale in color it has a warm, estery aroma, a good deal of malty flavors on the palate, and a lot of hoppy dryness in the finish.


Dorothy Goodbody


Thumbing through her grandfather's books one day Dorothy came upon a wonderful stout recipe. She gave it to the head brewer of the Wye Valley Brewery who eagerly purchased the ingredients: roasted and flaked barley, pale malts and of course Irish Northdown Hops. Much to Dorothy's delight, he called it 'Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout' or should it have been 'Perfection'?

At the 4th CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival this year Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout came first in its class and claimed the bronze medal in the overall judging.

Mike Benner, Head of Campaigns and Communications for CAMRA said, "It's great to see real cask conditioned stout perform so well against the more predictable bitters and old ales. Well done Wye Valley."
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