Boom in real ale in North Wales is cre­at­ing busi­nesses and jobs. Owen Hughes re­ports

North Wales Weekly News - - HOSPICE NEWS -

were liv­ing in Canada at the time and this opened our eyes to a whole new world of beer.”

While he had been work­ing in IT se­cu­rity pre­vi­ously, when they came back to Wales Dave was de­ter­mined to make a fu­ture in brew­ing.

He found premises in Llan­dudno and set about cre­at­ing beers in­flu­enced by the North Amer­i­can craft beer scene.

They now pro­duce three ales: Buck­skin Blonde, a lager-ale hy­brid; Palomino Pale Ale - inspired by West Coast Amer­i­can Pale Ales, and Dark Bay Porter based on the his­toric porter ales of Lon­don.

He said: “We’re cur­rently on a small one bar­rel brew­ing sys­tem that pro­duces 164 litres per brew. We are selling on draught at Bank of Conwy and have nine stock­ists. We are now run­ning out of ca­pac­ity and not re­ally push­ing this un­til we have a 10-bar­rel sys­tem in­stalled in Fe­bru­ary next year.

“At present it is just my­self full time and my wife help­ing out but we in­tend to take on staff next year if all goes well.

“There are a lot of brew­eries set­ting up but I think the de­mand is there for real ales and what we are do­ing is a bit dif­fer­ent to what is al­ready out there.

“Rather than com­pet­ing with each other I think we are giv­ing peo­ple more choice and mov­ing them away from the large brew­ery com­pa­nies.

“We have had sup­port from other brew­eries, we have Orme Brew­ery just down the road from us and they have been very friendly.”

Another new­comer is Deva Craft in Sandy­croft, Dee­side.

Nick Gil­body, 29, set up the brew­ery with sup­port from dad Adie. They pro­duced their first ale in April.

He said: “We were both pas­sion­ate about home brew and I also wanted to work for my­self be­cause I had had enough of work­ing for other peo­ple.

“I have a chem­istry back­ground while my dad has worked for years for a ma­jor food man­u­fac­turer. We have com­bined our skills with me as the brewer and him help­ing on the man­u­fac­ture and equip­ment side.

“De­mand is slowly build­ing. There is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion out there and it is hard to break into the mar­ket, which is still a niche mar­ket. We have had the most suc­cess in Ch­ester.”

They can pro­duce 800 litres per brew in a five bar­rel sys­tem and the beers in­clude Pan­de­mo­nium and Dual IPA. They have al­ready taken on an ex­tra per­son with Tom Sin­clair join­ing from the highly rated Pied

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