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.
If you want to see what makes the Purple Moose Brewery so special, all you have to do is pay them a visit. They have won literally dozens of awards for five of their ales, and the best way to see why is by sampling them, which you can do on the brewery tour. The tours last about an hour, and you will be taken through the whole brewing process. And you can see how they delivered their kegs in the beginning – on the front of a pushbike!
And if you’re not sure which of their brews to try, let us offer a suggestion. Dark Side of the Moose is a popular dark ale, made with Bramling Cross hops, while Ysgawen is a pale ale with a taste of elderflower, something different and refreshing. Why not try a few?
Central to Porthmadog town, the Purple Moose Brewery is found on Madog Street close to the central high street.
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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!
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.
The village of Portmeirion is a truly unusual place. It was the brainchild of the famous architect, Sir Clough Williams Ellis, and is designed in a bizarre mishmash of different styles. It was famously the setting of the cult ‘60s TV programme “The Prisoner”, but is most notable for how it resembles a slice of the Italian Riviera, despite being situated on the North Wales coast.
Portmeirion is a place you have to visit during your stay in North Wales. In the beautiful location of the Dwyrd Estuary the Architect Clough Willimas-Ellis created an Italianate Village. This wonderful backdrop was used as the film set for the series "The Prisoner" and is now the site of Festival Number 6 (first week in September each year). Also in the area is the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways and the location gives easy access to the Llyn Peninsula and the Snowdonia National Park.
Base yourself in a holiday cottage in the Porthmadog area and you can easily explore the surrounding area of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula. There's plenty to do and see in every direction from beautiful scenery to famous attractions and activities including Port Meirion and the Welsh & Highland steam Railways.
Relax in front of a warm fire and watch the flames flickering in front of you. All of these cottages have a log burner or open fire.