Island Breweries:

http://www.goddards-brewery.co.uk/  Goddards Brewery have won many awards since 1993 for their locally produced beer.  Their site takes a light hearted look into the history of the brewery, beers they produce in draught and bottles and a list of pubs where you are likely to find them.

My favourite draught beer last year was the long established full bodied Fuggle Dee Dum.

Ventnor Brewery has been around since 1840 and this site features it's cask ales and bottled beers, brewing history and beer can even be purchased online now.

My favourite bottled local beer was the unusual Sandrock Ale.  This strong and smokey beer really is unique.  The name is derived from a famous 17th century hotel in Niton on the Isle of Wight, which tragically burnt down in 1985. Sadly now closed down - 12/3/09.

http://www.yates-brewery.co.uk/about.asp Yates' is a small independant Island Brewery which started off underneath The St. Lawrence Inn and now has several Real Ales under its belt such as Best Bitter, Undercliffe Experience, Blonde Ale, Wight Winter, Holy Joe, Special Draught {YSD}, Yule Be Sorry.

My personal favourites are Blonde Ale - a great light ale on a summer day! and the Undercliff Experience.

The Official Web site of the Isle of Wight branch of CAMRA - Wightwash is all about pubs, beer and breweries on The Isle of Wight and some interesting links on their contacts page.

Local news and pub information can also be found in Wightwash their quarterly newsletter within their website which can be read online or downloaded {pdf reader required}.

For a very good pocket guide invest in the Camra Isle of Wight pub guide.  This guide is for sale in bookshops, some pubs and all the Tourist Information shops,  Or use this link to their web site.  I have just heard that another version of the beer guide is in progress soon.

The small pocket guide is reasonably priced and is a nice size to easily pocket and have for a quick reference when travelling around the whole Island, I have had a couple of issues over the years.

Summer Beers: Light and hoppy thirst quenching beers are also a favourite of mine, for example, Inspiration, Ale of Wight, Special Bitter, Wight Spirit, Golden Bitter.

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