Four decades on from brewing beer as a student, Phil Chadwick together with his wife karen have launched their own nano brewery – Bragdy Mon – Anglesey Brewhouse.
With ‘quality not quantity’ their aim, and ‘Bragu’r Gwir – Brew The Truth’ the enterprise’s motto, Phil and Karen’s son Adam began test brewing in September 2017 at their tiny unit behind the Tafarn y Rhos in Rhostrehwfa near Llangefni, Ynys Mon.
More than 100 people applied to be tasters via the brewery’s Facebook campaign, with 12 people chosen to try four of the 11 test brews.
At 4.3% ABV the golden, hoppy and easy drinking Rhosneigr India Pale Ale (IPA) came out on top and became Anglesey Brewhouse’s initial core brew and won a Great Taste award in August 2018.
This ale, along with the subsequently developed ‘auburn and malty’ 5.5% ABV Trearddur Bay Extra Special Bitter (ESB), are available direct from The Brewhouse or selected stockists. While the brewery’s third core brew – Beaumaris Strong Pale Ale (SPA) 6% ABV has now been launched and proved very popular at the 2018 Beaumaris Food Festival.
The Company has now secured larger premises on Parc Bryn Cefni in Llangefni and if all goes to plan should be brewing on larger equipment later in 2019 and then become a proper microbrewery.
‘2018 was an unbelievable year for us where the demand for the product completely outstripped supply. Customers were pre-ordering with us, meaning that the brews were sold before they were even made! Moving to the new Brewhouse will mean that we could brew much larger quantities, so we’ll certainly be able to meet demand then – or will we????’’ says Karen.