Better late than never…Posted October 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm
At long last, and more than a little behind where it should have been, today I finally got to brew Genesis 3:i – Dark Skies …
I’ve been looking forward to brewing this for a very long time. This is a 5.7%abv dark Saison, brewed with the truely scrumptious Vanilla Sea Salt from Halen Môn in Angelsey and fresh Raspberries from Court Farm, Tillington [Tim is our neighbour at Brecknock Farmers Market...]
The Brew House has smelt devine all day!
Casks should be available some time Mid November, to coincide with the Dark Skies events over the Beacons. There will probably also be some bottles, and if my new toy works as I’d like it to, there might be some craft keg as well!
Enjoy the anticipation!
6 ix 13 – The end of another week… or is it?Posted September 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm
Another busy week, with lots happening on all sorts of fronts – oh, and finally catching up on beer stocks after the combination of Sun, Jazz and Green Man gave the Cold Store a nasty dose of tumbleweeds…
Apologies to all those who couldn’t get exactly the beers you wanted – hope you enjoyed what we did have!
Currently awaiting news of the Hop Harvest, and hoping to be able to pick some fresh hops from Little Lambswick Farm, by Tenbury Wells tomorrrow to brew the 2013 Vintage of Green Beacons. If all else fails, it will be brewed on Monday, which could make it tricky to get to Ludlow for the Food Festival next weekend – but we’ll try – www.foodfestival.co.uk for more details… We’ll be in the Inner Bailey with a great selection of beers to drink there and take away…
Currently enjoying a sneaky glass of the Super Orange – a special one-off brew in collaboration with Ed Davies – essentially a 6.0% (ish) version of the Orange Beacons – this will be available at the Star in Talybont on Sunday afternoon as a part of the celebrations for their Pub of the Year awards from CAMRA.
See you at the Star!
Great News!Posted August 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm
Just had the results through from the 2013 Great Taste Awards…
Bottled Gold Beacons has been awarded a Gold Star!
The Judges said :
”A good, clean coloured beer. We found nettles in the initial taste, which benefits from not being over-complicated. We enjoyed the nice level of sharpness and fizz. There is a sting in the aroma and enough hop to make it an interesting flavour with the malt coming through in the after-taste. Simple but elegant and very honest.”
Seems they thought it really did have Great Taste!
Cases available by mailorder from our online shop…
Brecon Jazz WeekPosted August 7, 2013 at 7:15 am
A very busy week ahead…
GBBF (CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival) gets underway, which will see Duncan and Buster in London from Thursday evening onwards – see www.gbbf.org.uk for more details. Our Orange Beacons will be there, find it on bar B13. It’ll also be on at the Volunteer Arms as well…
There is also the Brecon Jazz Festival and the Brecon Fringe Festival this weekend – not only will Gavin be manning our stand in the town centre all weekend, we’ll have plenty of Jazzy Beacons available in the pubs and bars around and about.
Jazzy Beacons is a golden ale, with a great balance of malts and a rhapsody of british and american hops – guaranteed to get your tastebuds singing! AT 3.8% abv, it’s full flavoured but you’ll be able to enjoy all day and all night long – well as long as there’s music!
The following week sees us gear up for the Green Man Festival, where the Orange Beacons has been pre-selected as the Peoples’ Pint, and will be available in both the campsite bar and, along with our full range, in the main bar, where a total of 99 Welsh beers and ciders will be on offer…!
What a week… and its not over yet!Posted July 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm
A fantastic week at the Royal Welsh Show, including the official launch of Drinks Wales with the Minister for Food and Natural Reasources, Alun Davies AM, on Monday night – see www.drinkswales.org for more details of this amazingcollaboration between Wales’ alcoholic drinks producers from all sectors.
Wednesday was our busiest day yet at the Show – Welsh Beacons proved to be the most popular again, closely followed by the Gold Beacons and the Orange Beacons…
Thursday was astonishingly busy, with lots of people staying around the Farmers Markets in Wales area until late into the evening… The last pints crossed the “bar” just as we were loading the van at 9pm! A quick pint of Welsh with the Boar’s B quoits team on the way home at the Pwllgloyw Arms was extremely welcome…
Today was a large brew of Gold Beacons – over 9,000 pints safely in FV1 as I type…
Tomorrow and Sunday, Jo and Buster will be at the Erwood Station Craft Fair – just 6 miles South of Builth Wells – with the bar, a bunch of bottles (including Gold Beacons, Imperious Beacons and a special one-off run of Erwood Station Ale) – we’ll also have Three Beacons, Welsh Beacons, Twilight Beacons, Orange Beacons and the Erwood Station Ale on draught as well – come along and say hello…
Duncan will be at the Brecon Farmers Market in the town centre, with Red Beacons on draught and a similar selection of bottles – please keep him company!
Royal Welsh Show…Posted July 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm
Well, after a long day setting up (and preparing for a major event on Monday evening…) the bars are all set, 6 hand pumps are rigged, lots of beer ready here in the brewery, bottles and minicasks are on site and we’re ready to go…
So – come to the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells (ish), and come and find us with the “Farmers Markets in Wales”, situated at the end of A and B avenues, close to B Gate. We’ll also have beers at various other places across the Showground.
The weather forcast looks good, the beer is beautifully chilled, so come and say hello and have a pint!
Brecon Beer Festival 2013Posted June 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm
We’re sorry to say that for reasons beyond the control of either ourselves or Brecknockshire CAMRA, the 2013 Brecon Beer Festival has had to be postponed.
As soon as a new date is agreed, we’ll publicise it.
In better news, the Orange Beacons will be featured at the Star at Talybont’s beer festival this weekend – Friday 14th to Sunday 16th – see you there!
Orange is here!Posted May 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm
Finally we got to brew the much anticipated Orange Beacons… And what a fun packed day it’s been! Looks as though there will be somewhere in the region of 9000 pints in FV3 by the time I’ve finished this evening – yum yum!
The Orange Beacons is a clear Wheat Beer, brewed with lager malt, wheat and oat malts, a blend of UK and US hops and infused with fresh oranges. We weren’t entirely sure of the best method to get the most out of the oranges, so we called up a Big Jessy to come and help… No really, he is very big, and his name is Jesse!
Hypothesis 1 :
[NB - a full Risk Assessment was done for this, hence the fact that Jesse is wearing the logo'd HiViz waistcoat of Invulnerability...]
So having cleared up, we resorted to Plan B – the time honoured method of chopping them all up small and squashing them into a couple of big buckets to go into the Copper… Well, its good to have ideas isn’t it?
Hopefully this will be ready to hit the pubs in a couple of weeks time…
In the meantime, Duncan and I will be at the Royal Welsh Showground tomorrow and Sunday (with added Jesse on Sunday…) – please come and join us for a beer and a chat….
A day of visitations…Posted May 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm
Started the day brewing Twilight Beacons… All went well and no Vampires were seriously harmed…
We then had a visitation from a TV crew from BBC Wales, so those of you of a nervous disposition, look away from your teles during the news at 13:30 and 18:30 tomorrow…
In the afternoon, we had a group from Christ College come for a look around to see Yeast in action – always great fun to deal with these youngsters, not least because they always have some great questions to ask!
This weekend, we’ll be at the Smallholders at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells – come and find us, (somewhere around the old Food Hall I think…) and join us for a beer - more details to follow tomorrow hopefully. Another Brew to get in before then though…
A busy week…Posted April 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm
Lots of brewing this week, as stocks of Twilight Beacons, Three Beacons and Welsh Beacons seem to have evaporated!
Also launching this week is the Dark Beacons – our splendid new limited edition beer – to help CAMRA celebrate May is Mild Month with this traditional Welsh Dark – 3.8% abv, smooth, roasty and full bodied, yet still light and refreshing…
Coming up soon – Lots of beer heading to CAMRA’s Reading Beer Festival (2-5 May) and also to Ludlow Castle for the SIBA Wales and West competition – Come and see us all at this superb event in a fantastic location, 10-12 May. www.foodfestival.co.uk for more details…
And we’ve got a very small amount of Black Beacons available in cask too!