Loads of good things being created at Hafod at the moment. Back in stock is a new batch of Clywdian Black porter, which is tasting mighty fine even if we do say so ourselves.
Ready for sale next week (wc 12th March) is this years batch of our punchy session pale ale: Nine Hop Pale. You can see the milled hops in the picture before they go into the boil.
Just ordered from the hop merchant today – a fresh batch of Hallertau Mittelfruh hops – which can mean only one thing – Hafod Pilsner! – brewing this week and then lagering in our icy cold tanks for the next 5 weeks. Should be ready for the heatwave we’ve ordered for May!
We’ve got two exciting events coming up at the brewery to get your Christmas started: brewery tours and a Christmas drink and shop day!
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a beer fan (or yourself) then look no further: Brewery Tour tickets for February 2018 are now on sale through Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hafod-brewery-tours-february-2018-tickets-39591484195?aff=es2
And if you can’t wait till February, we’re also hosting a Christmas drink and shop day on Saturday 2nd December 12-9pm where you can drop in to the upstairs brewery tap for a Christmas pint and stock up on bottled beer and gifts galore at our pop-up shop. No tickets necessary, just drop in on the day.
After the success of our brewery tours in December and January where we drank and talked beer with lots of lovely folk, we decided our next open weekend would include brewery tap nights as well as tours.
You can choose to take the full tour of the brewery on Saturday 1st April at 12pm or just come along and taste a range of Hafod beers at the upstairs brewery tap on Friday 31st March and April 1st from 5-9pm.
All three events will be strictly ticketed – buy yours from Eventbrite (see link) or at Mold Alehouse.
Tours have been on the cards at the brewery for a long while now so we thought we’d finally get on with them to coincide with Hafod’s 5th birthday and in time for Christmas!
Two weekends of tours are now available to book through Eventbrite, one in December and one in January – the perfect beery gift for yourself or someone else! Buy online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/winter-brewery-tours-at-hafod-brewing-company-tickets-29204209577
or buy direct from Mold Alehouse http://moldalehouse.co.uk or at this week’s Novemberfest beer festival in Mold https://moldnovemberfest.wordpress.com.
The Hafod Brewery team will guide you through an interactive tour and tasting at the microbrewery in Mold town-centre, where you can take an exclusive look at our 15 barrel brewery and taste some of our newest beers at the upstairs Hafod bar.
Your ticket will include an interactive tour of the brewery where you’ll see where and how we brew our diverse range of ales, following the brewing journey from grain to beer. Head brewer Phill will be on hand for Q&A. Upstairs in our bar area your ticket will entitle you to x4 half pints or x2 pints and snacks, with further beers available to purchase at the bar, including new festive and seasonal brews.
The brewery shop will be open and fully stocked with our canned and bottled beers, giftpacks, branded welshbeer.com glasses and more – the perfect place to stock up on your favourite beers or gifts.
No, not Michael Owen (although he does hail from nearby Hawarden), this October Hafod Brewery is celebrating the week long Daniel Owen Festival taking place in Mold town centre.
Who was Daniel Owen? If you’ve been to the brewery’s hometown of Mold, you’ve likely walked past the statue of the man in the hat, which resides in (funnily enough) the Daniel Owen Square.
Daniel Owen was the foremost Welsh-language novelist of the 19th Century. His hometown was Mold in Flintshire, where he worked as a tailor, author, preacher and civic leader.
Our special commemorative bottled beer is a 4.5% copper bitter available in bottle and on draught at local stockists from Saturday 17th October – see below for details.
All sorts of family-friendly activities will be on in Mold during the week of the festival – for a full programme of events see: http://www.danielowenfestival.com
Bottled beer available at:
The Olive Tree, Mold https://www.facebook.com/theolivetreedelimold/info
Bargain Booze, Mold http://www.bargainbooze.co.uk/storedetail/?id=70
Caffi Florence, Loggerheads http://www.caffiflorence.co.uk
The Shop, Cilcain http://www.theshopcilcain.com
Cafe Edenshine, Afonwen Craft & Antiques Centre http://www.afonwen.co.uk/restaurant/
For a pint of the beer, visit:
Mold Alehouse http://moldalehouse.co.uk
Y Dderwen/ The Oak, Hendre http://ydderwen-theoak.co.uk
This Autumn the new, dangerously drinkable Dark Times joined the Hafod can range after small batch brews garnered plenty of fans. A black ale hopped with a blend of U.S. hops, this is a stealthy 6.9% brew that nicely complements the pale single-hopped Hopper and red rye and spelt Big Red cans we already produce.
Rumour has it a fourth can will be joining this trio and rumour has it right – check back and find out more later this month!
In the meantime, take a look at our Stockists page if you’re after a can or three…
Saturday 23rd April sees the return of the Real Ale Trail in Flintshire and we’re bringing the beer! The pubs are ready, the buses are good to go, BUT the beer needs a name. To win a day’s brewing at Hafod Brewing Company with Head Brewer Phill and beer to take home too check out the Leader newspaper or www.leaderlive.co.uk to enter the competition and create a name for this year’s Ale Trail brew.
What sums up the Ale Trail? What will look catchy on a pump clip on the bar for hundreds of people to see? We’re looking forward to hearing the names you come up with – good luck!
If you’re not familiar with the Ale Trail take a look at the website and find out where to buy tickets http://realaletrailflintshire.co.uk/
So Dryanuary and Tryanuary are done and dusted. Happily for us loads more people joined in the fun this year, trying new beers, bars and bottle shops in what could have been a very dry month for the industry. Hafod cans are now available in Wetherspoons across North Wales and several new independent stockists – check out our ‘Stockists’ page for new places to grab a beer.
February is going something like this: Liverpool, refurbishment, meet the brewer, refurbishment, Liverpool…
We’re off to Liverpool a few times this month with 4 cask beers making an appearance at Liverpool CAMRA Beer Festival, including two limited edition small-batch brews, Macaroon 5.5% a sorachi ace hopped dark ale and Hopper Brewer’s Reserve 6.5% a super strength version of our bronze winning beer. At the end of the month we’ll be taking the brewery bar and bottles/cans to celebrate Global Scouse Day on Sunday 28th February at Sefton Park Palmhouse with other independent food, drink and craft producers: https://www.facebook.com/Artisansinthepalmhouse/?fref=ts Our cask and canned beers are cropping up across the city too. Look out for us in both branches of The Ship in a Bottle http://www.theshipandmitre.com/shops/
Kicking off with plans to refurb the brewery and make room for an events space this month requires all hands on deck; after promising a grand opening for a long time we might actually have one! (No, really.) Watch this space for details and some sneak peak photos. Work is ongoing!
Meet the Brewer
Just in time for the Six Nations Wales fixtures we’re fitting in a meet the brewer night at the independently run The Shop, in Cilcain this Friday 12th February; a great little shop where you can stock up on local produce. The plan is a chilled-out evening of beer talk, handpulled beers and a good excuse to stock up on cans and bottles ready for Saturday’s Wales v Scotland match. Tickets available from The Shop: http://www.theshopcilcain.com/
A busy month – can’t complain of boredom!
Happy New Year from everyone at Hafod. This January we’re supporting #tryanuary : a brilliant idea to get everyone to trying and talking about new beers, bars and breweries.
You can visit http://www.tryanuary.co.uk/ for more details or check out the #tryanuary tag on Twitter to join in.
On 18th January our very own Big Red IPA will guest star as one of the 31 beers of #tryanuary and the Tryanuary website will feature a Q & A session with head brewer Phill.
For a chance to win a dozen cans of Hafod, hop on over to our Facebook page and ‘like’ & ‘share’ the competition post. The winner will be announced on 1st February.
Can’t wait to get your hands on some Big Red?
Our #tryanuary stockists are:
Best Of British: http://www.bestofbritishbeer.co.uk/
Great Ale At The Market: http://www.greataleonline.co.uk/
Beer Dock: http://beerdock.direct/shops/
Chester Beer & Wine: http://chesterbeerandwine.co.uk/about-us/
Iechyd Da Liquor Store, Caernarfon: https://www.facebook.com/iechyddacaernarfon
Stori Beers, Bala: http://www.storibeers.wales/
Gales, Llangollen http://www.galesofllangollen.co.uk/
Olif Tapas, Betws-y-Coed http://www.olif-betws.co.uk/
Porter’s Deli, Llangollen http://www.portersdeli.co.uk/
Ship In A Bottle, West Kirby & Liverpool branches http://www.theshipinabottle.co.uk/