If you are dedicated to trying only the most local and independent of beers and ales, then you will probably want to find a brewery that is similarly dedicated to producing fantastic brews. Well, you’re in luck: breweries don’t come much more dedicated than the North Wales Brewery in Abergele – the owner, John Wood, recently drilled 500 feet into the mountain behind the brewery to find pure spring water to use in the process. Now that is dedication to using local ingredients!
John Wood has been running this brewery with his wife since 1999. Since then, they have won numerous awards for their different beers, and they often feature heavily in various food festivals and real ale shows.
They produce a number of fantastic, traditional drinks, such as the Abergele Ale, the Bodelwyddan Bitter, the Welsh Stout and the Moelfre IPA, covering all the usual bases.
However, the North Wales Brewery also brews up a few more unusual beers, should you feel inclined to try something a little different. These include an alcoholic version of dandelion and burdock beer, as well as a fiery Chilli Beer, which uses chilli peppers that John himself grows at home. It’s got a bit of a kick!
North Wales Brewery is close to the village of Moelfre near Abergele. As you head out of Moelfre village on Roman Road (B5381) it is found a short drive away -before you reach Petporter.
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With arguably the best range of ales in all of North Wales, the Conwy Brewery has already become a firm favourite of drinkers both in the local area and further afield. They specialise in high quality, conditioned ales, both in cask and in bottles.
Conwy Castle is easily the most spectacular of all the castles in North Wales (and cost the most to build, too!). The castle was built for Edward I by Master James of St George, and is one of the most impressive surviving medieval fortifications in Britain.
Any lover of real craft ales will want to get themselves down to Porthmadog, where the lovely Purple Moose Brewery is located. Purple Moose has been operating from within the town of Porthmadog for just over a decade now, and has gone from strength to strength, selling out of last year’s special Christmas brew completely, and have even just started exporting a couple of their beers to China.
Enjoy everything Conwy has to offer by staying in a cottage in and around the town or Conwy Marina. Attractions include Conwy Castle, the town walls, Plas Mawr Elizabethan House, The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, pleasure cruises and a wide range of shops and restaurants.
A popular area for holiday makers this has something for everyone - beaches, scenery and plenty of things to do.
Base yourself in the Caernarfon area to explore this historic castle town and the Snowdonia area. The Welsh Highland Railway starts from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, a great way to see the countryside. The Llyn Peninsula is also easily accessible. Find a your holiday cottage here.