Otley Brewing Company

The Otley Brewing Company Limited, colloquially Otley Brewery, is a brewery located in Pontypridd, Wales. Established in 2005, it has won several awards, including the Champion Beer of Wales in 2006. The head brewer is Charlie Otley. In October 2016, the brewery was put up for sale by its owners.[1] In February 2018 the brewery ceased trading.

Otley Brewing Company, Ltd.
LocationWalesPontypridd, Wales
Owned byFamily-owned
Active beers
Name Type
O1 Golden ale
O8 Barley Wine
CO2 Best bitter
OBB Best Bitter
OG Bitter
Dark-O Mild
Seasonal beers
Name Type
O-Garden Wheatbeer
Amarill-O Golden ale
O-riginal Bitter
O-lé Golden ale
O1 dry hopped Pale ale
O-Ho-Ho Christmas Ale


The Otley family owns and operates three pubs in the Pontypridd area; a natural synergy was perceived in establishing a brewing operation. Some trials on the homebrewing scale, when the recipe for O-riginal was developed, led to limited production at Moor Beer Company in Somerset; a full-scale five barrel brewplant was purchased from Moor and production on an industrial estate in Pontypridd began in August 2005.

Beer is currently available in casks regularly at the Otley-owned pubs in Pontypridd and Trefforest and as guest ales in other pubs in the Rhondda valley and Cardiff areas. They also produce bottled versions of Dark O, O1, O2 and O-Garden. 20 litre (36 pints) polypins and 10 litre (18 pints) minipins are also available for most of their beers.


Otley beers generally have floral/citrus hop flavours, making heavy use of American hop varieties, particularly Amarillo hops; and display a dry finish on drinking. Otley's beers often do not fit closely into the beer style scheme generally applied to British beer.

O1 is the most common beer available, a golden ale at 4.0% ABV. While classed as a pale ale by the brewery, CAMRA's categorization scheme treats it as a golden ale.

By the same token, Otley O8, as of 2006 the current Champion Beer of Wales, is classified as a barleywine under CAMRA beer style definitions, and as such stood unopposed in its category at the Champion Beer of Wales tasting; but the beer is formulated as a strong golden ale.


Otley Brewing Company has won several awards for its beer since its establishment, and won five medals at CAMRA's Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival in August 2006, the first year of its eligibility for the awards.




  • Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival:
    • O8: Overall, Champion Beer of Wales 2006-07
    • OG: Third place, Champion Beer of Wales
    • O8: Gold medal, Barleywine category
    • OG: Gold medal, Strong ale category
    • O1: Gold medal, Golden ale category



  • Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival:
    • O8: Overall, Champion Beer of Wales 2008-09
    • OG: Runner-up, Strong Bitter category
    • O-Garden: Winner, Specialty Beer category
  • Great British Beer Festival:
    • O1, First place, Champion Golden Ale of Britain
    • O-Garden, First Place, Speciality Ale of Britain


  1. ^ "Otley Brewery has been put up for sale after more than a decade". Western Mail. October 6, 2016.

External links

Beer in Wales

Welsh beer is beer brewed in Wales.

Otley (disambiguation)

Otley is a town in West Yorkshire, England.

Otley may also refer to:

Otley, Iowa, US

Otley, Suffolk, England

Otley (film), a 1968 British film

Otley (UK Parliament constituency), 1885–1918

Otley Brewing Company Limited, Welsh Brewery

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