About Us

The height of beer craft.

Little Valley Brewery is a family-run business founded in 2005. All our beers are brewed, bottled and branded high on the Pennine moorland of Cragg Vale, just outside Hebden Bridge.

Oh, and if you’re curious – it’s not little at all. It’s actually quite big. 968 feet... ish.

Our story began when master brewer Wim van der Spek met co-owner Sue Cooper. Over a decade later, the team, the range and the business have all grown into something we feel truly proud to call Little Valley Brewery

When all’s hopped and milled, our people are our most important ingredient.

Meet the team

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Wim van der Spek

Master Brewer & Co-owner

Wim is our Master Brewer and Founder. Besides his passion for beer craft, he’s also a coffee connoisseur and a keen cyclist, riding up and down England’s longest continuous hill in all weathers. He’s a fit brewer!

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Sue Cooper

General Manager & Co-owner

If the brewery was an orchestra, Sue would be the conductor. As general manager, she oversees the entire business, managing all our bottle sales at home and abroad and generally keeping everything in order.

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John Day

Cask Sales Manager

John makes sure that we get our beer to the pumps in tiptop condition. He’s also an avid gardener and a self-confessed beer enthusiast, so if he’s not in the brewery he’s out with his pruning gear, and a pint of course!

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Rachel Wright

Dray and Brewery Assistant

On top of her unofficial role as brewery singer, Rachel delivers to our customers and helps out with production. She’s very careful to give way to cyclists, so if you’re ever out biking in the valley, give her a wave!

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Alex Travis

Assistant Brewer

Alex does everything from brewing to packaging to tasting. Outside of work, you’ll find him appraising the local beers or supporting his beloved Burnley FC – generally, often the latter requires the former.