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5th October 2017

Breweries across Britain join the Wandering Brewer Project

Launch of new beers at 14:00, 4 October, Bedford Corn Exchange

Some of Britain’s best breweries have joined The Wandering Brewer Project in a bid to show beer fans what can happen when passionate and talented brewers come together. The project, led by Charles Wells’ Head Brewer Ian Jones, will see 22 beers brewed over the next two years. The first two beers have been created with Buckinghamshire’s XT brewery and will be Wet Pale Ale and Wild Special Ale.

Head Brewer at Charles Wells, Ian Jones, says he’s been working on some very exciting ideas with his fellow brewers: “The Wandering Brewer Project is a dream come true for me, I get to collaborate with some of the country’s most respected brewers and create some exciting beers. We’re looking at brewing many different styles over the next two years, some will be traditional, some will be a little left of mainstream, but all will be created with the passion and creativity that makes Britain’s brewers admired the world over.

“Myself and Russ and Vinny at XT have had great fun creating our launch beers, Wet Pale Ale and Wild Special Ale, and we know beer drinkers will love them.”

The beers that will launch the project are:

  • Wet Pale Ale (3.7%) Crisp and refreshing with a light body and citrus hop notes.
  • Wild Special Ale (4.3%) Full bodied ale with an aroma kick of American hops followed by bitter hop taste balanced with sweet malt.

Each beer’s name will start with a letter from the ‘Wandering Brewer Project’ meaning each pump clip will spell out the project name once it’s complete.

One beer will be launched each month for the next 22 months. After XT Brewery, in November the brew will be with Bristol Beer Factory and then Castle Rock in December. Others already signed up or keen to collaborate with the Wandering Brewer include: Hop Stuff, Titanic, Black Sheep, Charnwood, Woodforde’s, and Mourne Mountains Brewery. With many more also asking to join the Wandering Brewer in his adventure.

And as Ian adds, he’s not surprised other brewers want to take part: “When all is said and done brewers love to get together and brew beer. It’s what we do. So, when a chance to create something new with other brewers comes along, most will jump at the chance. I’m very excited to be working with these breweries and we know those drinking our beer will be happy with the results too.

“The beauty of this project is that beer drinkers and licensees are very much a part of it too. We’ll be asking for feedback on each beer and what we learn from this feedback will help influence the first beers to be brewed at our new brewery due to open in 2019.”

Wandering Brewer beers are currently available at Charles Wells pubs, list attached.

You can find out more about The Wandering Brewer Project at




For further information, please contact:                Paul Hutchinson, Charles Wells

Tel:  01234 279234 or 07970 117923


Note to Editors:

  • Logos and images of The Wandering Brewer Project can be found at: A video for your website can be found at: and pump clip artwork for ‘Wet’ and ‘Wild’ can be found at: Images from the launch will be sent evening of 4th October 2017.
  • Ingredients for the beers is as follows:
    • Wet Pale Ale: Maris Otter, Vienna and Wheat Malts. Challenger, Admiral, Cascade and Motueka Hops
    • Wild Special Ale: Maris Otter, Cara Red, Carapils, Munich, Dark Crystal, Carafa III Malts. Challenger, Cascade, Chinook, Columbus Hops


About The Wandering Brewer Project:

  • The Wandering Brewer Project will see 22 beers being created over the next two years, with licensees and beer drinkers being asked for feedback on each brew. The most popular beers will then help influence the first beers brewed at a new brewery that will become the home of Charles Wells in 2019.


About Charles Wells:

  • Charles Wells has been crafting ales in the heart of Bedfordshire as a family brewery since 1876, using its own certified natural mineral water well for all the beers it has produced since 1908. The brewing side of the business is currently undergoing an exciting evolution, looking to establish a new range of interesting regional beers, while the brewery’s pub estate of almost 200 pubs, and multiple managed houses in England and France continues to grow.