We’d always had a yearning to create a family business that actually made something and what not better to make than beer!
Anglesey – where we both had happy memories of childhood holidays and where my parents lived – is also affectionally known as Môn, Mam Cymru (the Mother of Wales), because its fertile lands were considered capable of providing sufficient food for the whole of Wales. It has become an all year-round food and drink destination given the wonderful and diverse produce it provides.
So, we were now on a mission, the next step was to find someone who shared our vision, someone younger who enjoyed a process and had a head capable of creating a recipe. We didn’t have to look very far, Karen’s son Adam who had been in the military and then worked in several catering establishments was a perfect fit. What soldier doesn’t like a process or chef that doesn’t enjoy creating a new dish? After discussing it with his wife Emily, the decision was made and they moved to live in Aberffraw with their young son Stanley in August 2017. Emily started nursing at Bangor Hospital and it wasn’t that long before the patter of tiny feet was heard again with the arrival of their second child Iris.
Our first tiny nano brewery was set up behind the Tafarn Y Rhos in Rhostrehwfa and we started test brewing on our 5 gallon ‘home brew’ equipment in September 2017. We developed 11 brews and ran a Facebook campaign to see who would like to taste our brews for free, we were overwhelmed at the response with over 100 applying. We whittled it down to just 12 “Champion tasters” as we call them, and they were invited to sample 4 of our preferred brews – the clear winner, which was fortunate as it was ours also, was the Rhosneigr IPA. The golden, hoppy and easy drinking India Pale Ale became our first core brew, and we were over the moon when it won a Great Taste award in August 2018.
Subsequently Adam, who in the meantime had passed Brewlab’s Certificate in Practical Brewing, developed a classic Pale Ale, the amber and malty Trearddur Bay and a light and refreshing session Pale Ale Beaumaris which formed the backbone of our premium brews. We were as pleased as punch when, in 2019, Trearddur Bay was awarded 2 stars (Outstanding – above and beyond delicious) by the Guild of Fine Foods in their Great Taste Awards.
In April 2019 with demand outstripping supply we decided to upscale and with the help of the Welsh Governments Rural Business Investment Scheme we moved to larger premises in Llangefni. Production in the 10 barrel (360 gallons) brewhouse commenced towards the end 2019. Since then, Adam has developed 3 further brews that have gone into full production namely, Hazy Pale, Plain Sailing and Pump Truck.
Our moto BREW THE TRUTH – YN BRAGU’R GWIR nods to our desire to produce the finest brews we can, without cutting corners, and definitely not using inferior ingredients, just beers that we can be proud of and you can enjoy.
Karen & Adam
The Brewhouse Crew