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Wadworth and Company Limited, Northgate Brewery, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1JW 
Tel. 01380 723361  Fax. 01380 724342  e-mail  website


6X  (Wadworth's Flagship Premium Ale) 4.3% ABV

  • Palate
    Full bodied and distinctive, with complex bitter-sweet flavours in mouth.  Lingering dry malty finish with vanilla notes.

  • Nose
    Earthy hops, fruit and nutty malt aroma.

One of the South's most famous beers - a deep copper coloured ale of enormous depth and complexity.

6X is available throughout the UK and also in 500 ml Can and 550 ml Bottle.

Brewed from Pale Ale Malt (94%) Crystal Malt (2%) and cane sugar (4%) whole cone aroma hops - Fuggles in copper for bitterness (22 - 23 BUs) and character, Goldings in hop back for aroma. Primed with liquid cane sugar for secondary fermentation in cask.

JCB  4.7% ABV
A quality Strong Premium beer crafted from an all malt grist containing crystal roasted at high temperature combined with English aroma hops to give a chewy bite, and a unique distinctive palate.

Tasting Notes for Malt Hops

  • Palate
    Full rich malt in the mouth, hops start to dominate the big finish with peppery citric notes balancing the rich malt

  • Nose
    Sweet and nutty malt aroma with balance of tart hops.

When visiting a hop farm in 1991, our Head Brewer pondered on the merits of unkilned fresh hops as a unique brewing material. Malt & Hops was first brewed in 1992 - In 1993 Michael Jackson wrote in the lndependent Newspaper "The colour of ripe barley and malty sweet to start, the beer delivers a surge of cleansing flavours and a late finish of appetite arousing bitterness".

Others have since copied the recipe, but "Malt & Hops" remains the original draught "Fresh Harvest Ale'

Named after the Wadworth founder Henry Alfred Wadworth

  • Palate
    Malt dominates initially with dry hoppy finish and biscuity after-palate.

  • Nose
    Floral hops aroma, with light fruit.

  • Comments
    Devizes and surrounding area local bitter. A light and refreshing deep  golden coloured ale.

Brewed from Pale Ale Malt (94%) Crystal Malt (4%) and cane sugar (4%) whole cone aroma hops - Fuggles in copper for bitterness (22 - 23 BUs) and character, Goldings in hop back for aroma. Primed with liquid cane sugar for secondary fermentation in cask.


A strong Winter Ale available in December.

  • Palate
    Full malt and fruit in mouth, long finish full of hop bitterness with banana and sultana fruit and hints of butterscotch.

  • Nose
    Ripe fruit & hops aromas.

  • Comments
    Aromatic winter beer, deep copper brown in colour. A classic strong ale - Head Brewer recommends consumption next to log fire ! 

Brewed from Pale Ale Malt (94%) Crystal Malt (2%) and cane sugar (4%) whole cone aroma hops - Fuggles in copper for bitterness (22 - 23 BUs) and character, Goldings in hop back for aroma. Dry hopping with Goldings at 2oz/brl and primed with liquid cane sugar for secondary fermentation in cask.

A refreshingly fragrant "Summer Ale" currently available for six months of the year.

  • Palate
    Delicate, creamy malt and hops in the mouth; light refreshing delicately hoppy finish.

  • Nose
    Fragrant, Piney, Saaz hop aroma with sweet malt.

  • Comments
    Very pale ale with a refined bitterness and some of the fragrant character of a Czech lager. Summersault is brewed to be served chilled to 48 - 50 F for additional refreshment. Our Brewers also prefer it on "Northern" dispense through a sparkler where the hopping regime provides a tight white creamy head which laces the glass beautifully. Summersault is also available in 33cl bottle at the slightly higher strength of 4.5% abv.

Brewed from 100% low kilned Pipkin Ale Malt. Copper hops are English Fuggles, Saaz from the Czech Republic and Styrian Goldings from the Savinga valley, Slovenia (28 BUís). Fuggles and Saaz are also added in the hop back. 4 oz/brl. Saaz are used as a dry hop.

The Bishop's Tipple has been a legend amongst ale drinkers ever since it was originally brewed to commemorate George Reindorp's appointment as Bishop of Salisbury.

"This blessed beer at 5.5% ABC will be my undoing....It's so damnably refreshing, a temptress with it's pale, golden hue and soft after palate from those tantalising Saaz and Styrian Goldings hops giving the beer that divine drinkability. I crave for the indulgence to once again let that clean, golden liquid pass my lips... though I fear I will forsake this beguiling tipple of mine all too soon."

The Bishop's Tipple is brewed from 94% low colour malt from Optic barley and 6% cane sugar. Bitterness units of 38-42 are obtained from substantial quantities of Saaz and Styrian Goldings hops. One third of these are reserved for the hopback plates for enhanced flavour and aroma.
Colour rating is 16.


Founded in 1875, Wadworth and Company Limited, of Devizes, boasts an enviable tradition in the brewing of fine beers.  The Northgate Brewery, with its impressive Victorian facade, was designed and built by Henry Wadworth in 1885 and is still run as a family business by his descendants. Many of the original brewing techniques and closely guarded recipes are still employed today and to preserve the high standards laid down by the founders, great care is naturally taken to select only the finest malt, hops and yeast for the brewing process.  This ensures that customers can rely on consistency and superb taste with all Wadworth products.

Wadworth and Company have a widespread and well founded reputation for brewing exceptional beers.  It began in 1875 when the old Northgate brewery was purchased by Henry Alfred Wadworth.  At the age of 22 he already hade six years brewing experience both as a pupil at a brewery in London and also as manager of a small brewery at No. 8 Long Street in Devizes.

Henry was in partnership with his life-long friend and brother in law John Smith Bartholomew.  During the next few years they perfected their particular method of brewing and soon outgrew the facilities of their first premises.

The impact of Wadworth beer had effected the local market quite dramatically and new custom built premised were necessary to increase production.  Thus a new brewery was constructed over the site of a small sweet water well within 100 yards from their first brewery and completed in 1885.  The type of building was typical of the period; electricity distribution had not been developed and the only power assistance resulted in the fashion of building a tall tower-type brewery using what power their was to lift the ingredients of the brew to the top of the brewery and letting gravity power apply thereafter in the various stages of brewing.

Henry designed his system of brewing into the fabric of the new building and it must be said now, that Wadworth is still brewing beer in accordance with Henry's design and in some cases using the original equipment installed in 1885.

There was no male issue on Henry's side of the partnership but there has been for his partner.  John Smith Bartholomew succeeded his father as Managing Director until 1929 when he became Chairman on Henry Wadworth's death following a fall on his horse.  The present John C Bartholomew, grandson of the original Bartholomew, succeeded his father in 1952; his son Charles has been Chairman and Managing Director for the past few years.  So today Wadworth and Company continues to be a private company owned by the Bartholomew family.

The red brick Victorian Tower Brewery is a unique example of its type together with the original open copper dating from 1885.

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