using the finest malts, hops, water, and yeast - it’s the people at Little Valley
brewery that are the most vital
ingredient of all. When Wim van der Spek - a qualified master brewer - crossed paths in Nepal with Sue Cooper - a community development practitioner - they discovered that although they were taking different routes, their journeys were very similar.
Wim had reached the end of a seven month cycling trip from Holland to Kathmandu. Meanwhile, Sue was to soon cycle home to England after working for two years with an NGO. Since they first met they have followed a path that has lead to the creation of Little Valley Brewery; considering Wim used to run a beer appreciation club back in his school days, you could say this was fate.
Situated high on the hillside above the beautiful town of Hebden Bridge, Little Valley has developed an enviable reputation for the quality, variety and authenticity of their beers.
Their green credentials are first class and any spent grain from the brewing process is sent to local farmers as cattle feed.
As keen cyclists, Sue and Wim were delighted when the Tour de France went right past their brewery in 2014. They even produced a special beer to commemorate this event and their ‘Stage Winner’ has gone on to be a firm favourite within the two wheel community.