Stretching from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel to the south, Cornwall to the west and Somerset / Dorset to the east. Devon was part of Celtic Britain, or Celtic Breton combined with Cornwall with links to Brittany in France, right through to the Middle Ages when it was assimilated into the Kingdom of Wessex then becoming a shire of England as Devonshire.
The boundary with Cornwall is the River Tamar, almost running from coast to coast. The coasts, north & south are famous for the sandy bays and high cliffs, with the high moors of Exmoor stretching to the north of the county. The bleaker moors of Dartmoor are centre to south of the county. The rivers Teign, Exe and Dart run through to the south coast. The economy is largely based on tourism along with agriculture, primarily with Dairy farming.
The county town of Devon is the city of Exeter whilst the largest city is the historic port of Plymouth. There are many large towns in the county including the tourist hotspots of Torbay and Illfracombe and market towns of Barnstaple, Bideford and Newton Abbott.
On Ratebeer we have 62 Active Breweries and 27 now closed breweries for a total of 89. Of these 6 are Client / Commissioner Breweries.
The oldest active brewers we have on here are Beer Engine of Exeter and Summerskills of Plymouth both established in 1988. There is a brewery that is now closed but opened previous to these, Blackawton Brewery Established 1977, closed 2012. Devon doesn’t seem to have too much of a history with breweries, maybe because it’s more known for cider, but there was a brewery called Heavitree in Exeter that was established in 1790 and appears to have brewed right through to 1970 when it ceased its brewing operations and concentrated on pub ownership. It still owns a considerable stable of pubs in the South West and continues as a successful business.
The brewery with the largest range on Ratebeer is Art Brew of Sutcombe, Est 2008. We have 68 beers attributed to them.
Still working from the 2019 awards, I can promise you the 2020 awards are getting close, all we have is a best Brewer which is Hanlons of Newton St Cyres. There was no award made for Best Beer or Best Newcomer.
The Top 10 Beers / Ciders / Meads for Devon are –
- O’Hanlon’s Thomas Hardy’s Ale (2003 – 2008) R
- Edwin Tucker’s Empress Russian Porter
- Otter Mild (aka Dark)
- O’Hanlon’s Brewers Special Reserve
- Sandford Orchards Vintage Cider
- Sandford Orchards Ice Cider
- Moonchild Gipsy Queen R
- Otter Hoppy Otter IPA (Bottled)
- Lyme Bay Garden Mead
- Luscombe Farm Organic Devon Dry Cider
Did You Know Otter Mild is the highest rated proper Mild on Ratebeer for England, the 4 Milds above it in the list are all Strong Milds at 6% or over, the Otter Mild is 3.8% and averages 3.58 on here. Not bad for a County / Brewer not normally associated with the style. I have long campaigned for Regular and Strong Milds to be separated.
The Top 5 Pubs / Bars in Devon –
- Bridge Inn, Topsham – 86
- Teign Cellars, Newton Abbott – 85
- Taphouse & Bottle Shop at Tuckers Maltings, Newton Abbott – 84
- Beer Cellar, Exeter – 81
- Fat Pig, Exeter – 75
There are also a couple of highly rated Beer Shops –
- Darts Farm, Clyst St George – 87
- Hops & Crafts, Exeter – 80
The Top 5 Raters of Devonshire Beers are –
You will require a moderate 49 beers to get a place in the Top 50.
The person who resides in Devon with the most ratings is –
@6bottlepack who is currently active on Ratebeer.