ALE lovers and well-wishers flocked to Herefordshire's Swan Brewery for their farewell tasting day.

The Leominster-based brewery's final tasting day saw hundreds of visitors enjoy a wide range of Swan Brewery cask ales, Bartestree Cider, Beefy Boys burgers and live music.

Having made their announcement to close their brewery at the end of their lease, owners Jimmy Swan and Gill Bullock saw to it that their last tasting day would be a memorable one.

Eight different cask ales were in the beer line up, including new release Swansong.

Brewed with all Herefordshire hops and heritage malt, 250 pints of Swansong flew out, plus several hundred pints of their other ales.


While folk musicians Richard Fleming and Friends regularly entertain at tasting days, local band Front Runner volunteered to play on this special occasion.

Neighbour on the Enterprise Park Gary Baxter was in charge of the ambient sounds and evening lighting.

The Leominster based brewery has been trading for over six years and will be brewing and delivering for a handful more weeks.

The brewery shop will be open each Friday, including Good Friday, until the end of May with “Drink the Brewery Dry” Fridays on May 6, 13, and 20.