The great North Wales breweries series: Part three

We have arrived at part three of our North Wales breweries series, where we are looking at Bragdy Conwy Brewery, which is located just a short distance from our static caravans for sale. North Wales produces some fine ales, and this brewery is no different! Bragdy Conwy Brewery was the first brewery in Conwy for over 100 years when they first established, and celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2013. They produce a range of cask and bottle conditioned ales which are created using water from the mountains of Snowdonia, malts from Lincolnshire and hops from around the world. All of the beers are suitable for vegetarians and there is not an artificial ingredient in sight!They produce their ales in three varieties, which are: Conwy Ales – Produced all year round and designed to have a broad appeal, in the traditional British real ale styles. There are currently six Conwy ales available all year round, which we have taken a look at in ascending strength order: Clogwyn Gold – 3.6% Expect to find tropical fruit aromas, which are followed by sweet malts and a slight bitter aftertaste. West Coast Pale Ale – 3.9% The permanent West Coast ale features floral aromas which lead into a dry and refreshing finish. Easy drinking for those who want something to stick with for the evening! Welsh Pride – 4.0% A citrusy aroma followed by sweet, almost nutty finish, which is said to be enjoyed perfectly with a pork pie. Minera Mountain – 4.0% This ale was first brewed by the villagers of Minera, and features soft floral aromas followed by an almost herbal character, finished nicely with a malty taste. Honey Fayre – 4.5% As the name suggests, you will find honey aromas with a gentle bitterness and a clean tasting finish. Rampart – 4.5% You will find floral aromas which is followed by a long lasting sweet, malty finish with slight hints of burnt caramel. Perfect when enjoyed with your Sunday roast! Seasonal Ales – Special beers available at different times of the year, to celebrate seasons or major events. For example, the Scrum Down is currently available, as the Six Nations are underway. You can find the full list of the ales here.   West Coast – Showcasing the more modern beer styles. The availability of these varies, but there is often at least one in circulation: Riptide – 4.3% Black IPA style.Hoppy aroma followed by dark malt character and moderate bitterness. California – 4.4% Citrus Blonde style. Citrus hoppy aromas which is followed by a good balance of sweet malt and rounded bitterness. Surfin’ IPA – 4.8% American IPA styleExpect to find fruity hops on the nose with a full flavoured bitter taste. San Francisco – 5.5% American IPAA very hoppy taste with biscuit flavours, followed by a long and satisfying bitter finish. Conwy Brewery also offer a range of brewery tours, starting from just £10. The pre-booked tour is £10 per person, and last for around an hour. It features a tour of the brewery followed by the chance to sample the wonderful ales they have on offer. For £95 per person, you have the chance to shadow one of the brewers for a day, aiding them in their duties and learning about the process. You will be provided with a small lunch and a free gift pack to take home! This day recommends you allow around 8 hours. For £350, you can get something really special from the brewery, where you can design your own beer! This day is perfect for groups of up to 8 people, where you will work with the brewers to create your own recipe and work in a mini-brewery to produce your unique beer. This beer will then be bottled and ready to collect from the brewery four weeks later! You will also be provided with lunch and six cases of your own, unique beer. Make sure you are on the lookout for a Conwy Brewery ale when you are in North Wales, and enjoy one of the wide selection they have next time you are in our neck of the woods!  Photo courtesy of Conwy Brewery

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