Wine and Beer Tours Snowdonia Style
There are a number of really good home grown beers, wines and spirits here in Snowdonia. Many of the breweries, vineyards and distilleries do tour and tasting sessions. The tours are a great way to sample and enjoy these local drinks aswell as getting to see where and how they are made. So why not try the wine and beer tours Snowdonia Style…..
Launched 13 years ago, they are the first ever brewery in Conwy. Specialising in cask & bottle conditioned ales, they have a wide variety of beer including seasonal varieties like Beachcomber Blonde and Hoppy Christmas along with a new range which has take inspiration from the USA. You can be a brewer for the day by shadowing one of the team and see how its done or you can design your own beer; great for a group of people up to 8 – you get 6 cases of your creation included in the price! Please call 01492 585287 for more information.
This micro brewery, based in Porthmadog has won a number of awards over the years. They have a core of 5 ales with seasonal ones being introduced throughout the year. I love Calon Lân which is a special brew only available for when the 6 Nations is on! The tour of approximately 45 mins – 1 hour will take you through the complete brewing process. A voucher for a free pint in the Purple Moose pub, the ‘Australian’, along with a discount for their shop on Porthmadog high street is included. Please call 01766 515571 for more information.
Pant Du vineyard is based in Nantlle Valley, just outside Caernarfon and is the first commercial vineyard in Snowdonia. There are a number of options for those wanting to see how it all works. Every Sunday at 11.00am from Apr – Oct there is a general guided tour and tasting but if you have a larger group, they do offer an option to have your own tour with lunch. There are wine tasting evenings available too. Please call 01286 880806 for more information.
The Great Orme brewery is based in the oldest industrial building in Llandudno and they have won a number of regional and national awards. A core range of 5 ales and 1 larger are available throughout the year alongside seasonal ales like the famous Chocoholic ale made with chocolate bean husks. Tours are arranged on request but are dependent on the production schedules. The brewery take visitors through the brewing process, allow you to handle raw ingredients and explain the differences between the different types of beer and what makes them distinctive to one another. Please call 01492 580548 for more information.
Starting off in a cowshed the Cwrw Llyn beers became an overnight success. They have 6 ales who’s namesakes are local hero’s, rogues and musicians past and present. The seasonal christmas ale, Cracar is one of my favourites! They have an annual beer festival on the Llyn Peninsula. If you would like to take a tour around the brewery, please call 01758 721 981 for more details.
Snowdonia Distillery was established in September 2015 with the aim of hand crafting tiny batches of incredible spirits. The first, Forager’s Gin was created to produce the perfect Gin & Tonic. A team of expert forager’s, botanists and master distillers were put in place. The result is a gin that is delicate, fresh, semi-sweet with subtle, soft floral notes. As yet, they do not do tours, however, they are launching private tasting sessions at their beautiful artisan distillery. Please call 01492 884 992 for more information.