Five members of Drinks Wales are heading to Scandinavia today to participate in a Welsh Government led Food and Drink Showcase.
Brecon Brewing, Glamorgan Brewing Company, Monty’s Brewery, Purple Moose Brewing and Wrexham Lager make up the drinks contingent, who will travel with eleven other Welsh food producers.
During the five day visit to Helsinki and Stockholm, the companies will meet potential buyers and distributors, visit key stores and have the opportunity to showcase their products at 'meet the buyer' events at the British Embassies. The trip then finishes with a trip to the Stockholm Beer festival.
Porthmadog based Purple Moose Brewery saw its turnover pass £1m in 2013 and founder Lawrence Washington sees this trade visit as a perfect opportunity to expand their business in these markets,
“The Scandinavian countries are of particular interest to us at Purple Moose Brewery as potential export markets. The opportunity to meet with key buyers and understand how they want to develop their business is crucial so we can respond to their needs. I hope that our moose branding could prove to be popular in these countries also.”
Supported by the Welsh Government, the Food and Drink Wales trade development delegation is the first to visit Scandinavia concentrating solely on food and drink.
Wales is Brewing Strong as Number of Breweries Hits Ninety
The count of breweries in Wales has now hit an impressive 90; it might still not be quite as many as castles, but definitely enough to call it a booming industry for Wales.
The newest addition to the fold is Llandudno based Wild Horse Brewing Company, whose recent appearance on the beer scene has been to great reception. Their simple aim is ‘to make the best beer possible’, and with 89 other breweries to compete with, it’s good to know that quality is at the top of the agenda. For husband and wife team Dave and Emma at Wild Horse Brewing Company, the best beer is brewed naturally; Snowdonia water combined with the finest malted barley and hops that they can get their hands on, their beer is unfiltered and never pasteurised.
So why the Wild Horse name? Well the brewery is just a few miles from the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia, which is home to what is believed to be the only truly wild population of horses in the UK, and according to Dave and Emma, “we love that, like our beer, they won’t be tamed!”
Take a moment to dive behind the face of each brewery, and you will be sure to find a story that makes for the setting of the brewery or the naming of the beers, many inspired by their beautiful location; Bluestone Brewing Co, Brecon Brewing, and Monty’s Brewery to name just a few.
The craft of brewing has been long established in Wales, with a history dating back to the druids some 1,500 years ago. Our most well-known established brewery is Brains, founded in 1713, and still producing. Old traditions have also been brought back to life in Wrexham, with Britain’s oldest lager brew now back in production, thanks to the Roberts family who are brewing to the same recipe that was used over 100 years ago.
Now the nation’s growing number of microbreweries are bringing us a new selection of craft ales, and are gaining a reputation for producing some top award-winners. Most recently Newport-based Tiny Rebel took the prestigious Champion Beer of Britain 2015 award for their Welsh Red Ale ‘Cwtch’, at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival in August.
So to make your own new beer discovery and to find out more about the breweries and other drinks producers in Wales, visit www.drinkswales.org. Who knows, maybe 2016 will be the year to reach 100 breweries in Wales.
The law is changing, and therefore all brewers WILL have to register with HMRC as an Alcohol Wholesaler between 1st October and 31st December.
more details to follow..
AS I UNDERSTAND IT, IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TRADING!
Cask Ale Report 2013
The new cask ale report for 2013 has been published - click here to read it.
Beautiful wildlife and views and beautiful real ale!
That’s the combination that has come together as Purple Moose Brewery joined up with the North Wales Wildlife Trust to produce a special limited edition of its awarding wining Glaslyn Ale.
Chris Wynne, Wildlife Trust Conservation Officer said, “It seemed obvious really. We manage a wonderful reserve on the Glaslyn at Porthmadog. It is home to a wide range of birds such a Red-breasted merganser but also flowers like Welsh Marsh Orchid. From the hide and Cob you get beautiful views across the reserve to Eryri. Meanwhile, Purple Moose Brewery produce Glaslyn Ale.”
Lawrence Washington, Managing Director of Purple Moose Brewery added, “We are delighted to be able to work with the North Wales Wildlife Trust and help them to celebrate this milestone in their history. We are extremely lucky to have such rich and diverse natural beauty just a stone’s throw from the brewery, in the Glaslyn Estuary. Clearly, Glaslyn Ale was the obvious choice for this special bottle-conditioned celebratory tipple.”
Chris added “The partnership with Purple Moose Brewery, who use Welsh mountain water in their brewing, also highlights that a wildlife-rich countryside is a good indicator for clear, clean water ”.
Limited edition, special labeled bottles of the golden-coloured fruity Glaslyn Ale, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wildlife Trust will be available at selected outlets across North Wales and also at the Conwy Food Feast at the end of October. Purple Moose Brewery will be donating 10 pence per bottle sold to the Wildlife Trust.
The partnership comes in the Wildlife Trust’s 50th anniversary year and is part of a series of events and activities across the year.
19th August 2013
Triple success for Albion Brewers
Three of the North Wales based breweries behind the Albion Ale House, Conwy, have this week gained awards in the 2013 Champion Beer of Britain competition held at Olympia, London. The competition is run by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as part of their Great British Beer Festival and is the most prestigious beer competition in the country.
Great Orme Brewery was awarded ‘Champion Mild of Britain’ for their Welsh Black while Conwy Brewery and Purple Moose Brewery both picked up Bronze awards for Honey Fayre and Glaslyn Ale, respectively. These three were the only Welsh breweries to collect awards in CAMRA’s national competition this year.
The three breweries have successfully worked together, along with Nant Brewery, to transform the Albion Ale House into a popular and highly acclaimed drinking establishment.
Jonathan Hughes, founder of Great Orme Brewery, is extremely proud of his achievement and commented, “We are so pleased to be an integral part of a golden period in Welsh brewing”. The manager of the Albion, Stuart Chapman-Edwards, offered his congratulations to the brewers, adding, “This reiterates what the customers and staff at the Albion Ale House already know – that we are consistently serving some of the finest crafted ales in the country”.
10th June 2013
Tiny Rebel Brewery scoops GWBCF awards.
The small Tiny Rebel Brewery in based in Newport Gwent scoops all the awards at the Great Welsh Beer and Cider festival, with overall Gold, Silver and Bronze. An achievment never been done before.