Now you’ve joined, get involved…
The Drone Valley Brewery is owned and run by its members with three key aims – to brew good beer, to support the local community, and to give all profit to local good causes. All members are welcome and encouraged to be involved in the brewery. Providing opportunities for volunteering to all members of the local community is a key local benefit of the brewery.
Enjoy the products
Well, it’s probably the most obvious way to get involved! Buy and enjoy our beer. We produce a wide range of real ales, brewed in small batches using quality ingredients. Draught beers are sold through local trade outlets, pubs and clubs. Our bottled beers (some cold filtered, others bottle conditioned) are sold through local retail outlets. We also sell draught beer and bottles from the brewery tap, our small facility located at the brewery in Unstone.
Promote the brewery
Your brewery is a local volunteer-run organisation, and we cannot invest a lot in advertising. We rely on customers and our members to do a great job of spreading the word about the good products and the local benefits of the brewery as a community benefit society.
Be an active volunteer
You can get involved in all aspects of the brewery operations. Brewing involves preparing the malts and hops, mashing in, boiling the wort, and transfer into the fermenting vessel; with lots of washing and digging-out and cleaning to make sure the process is smooth and successful. Once a beer has fermented, you can be involved in racking out: filling casks, labelling, and stacking for storage, and then cleaning the fermenting vessel. You can also be involved in cask delivery to local outlets, and collecting empties; and also the cask preparation and washing ready for the next fill.
Volunteers are also involved in bottling our bottle conditioned beers: preparing the bottles, fillings, capping, labelling, boxing, and stacking. Also bottles, like the casks, need delivering to local outlets.
Volunteers are also crucial to maintain the brewery. As well as regular cleaning and tidying associated with brewing, racking, bottling, and deliveries, we have a programme of regular maintenance and improvements for the brewery building and equipment.
We have a regular opening on Saturdays, 11am-4pm, at the brewery tap to sell bottles and draught beer. We also run a number of pop-up bars and stalls during the year at local events, selling bottles and often also draught beer. Volunteers are always welcome to help set-up and tear-down the pop-up bars at the start and end of the day, and to work during the day on the bar promoting and selling our beers and talking to people about the brewery.
As with any organisation, there are also business operations where you can be involved. Members who can help with specialisms such as finance, VAT, licensing, annual reports, IT, health & safety, graphic design, websites, and e-commerce, are always welcome. Also you have experience of brewing, in the trade or as an enthusiastic amateur, please let us know.
Find out more...
The brewery website https://dronevalleybrewery.com will tell you more about your brewery. To get involved, email email@example.com or come and chat with other members at the brewery tap or a pop-up bar