Brewery Tap Nights Launch in March!

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.

Brewery Tours Have Landed!

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:

or buy direct from Mold Alehouse or at this week’s Novemberfest beer festival in Mold

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 glasses and more – the perfect place to stock up on your favourite beers or gifts.

Special Bottled Beer Commemorates Mold’s Daniel Owen

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: 

Bottled beer available at:

The Olive Tree, Mold

Bargain Booze, Mold

Caffi Florence, Loggerheads

The Shop, Cilcain

Cafe Edenshine, Afonwen Craft & Antiques Centre

For a pint of the beer, visit:

Mold Alehouse

Y Dderwen/ The Oak, Hendre



The Can Range Expands…


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…

Out & About: upcoming dates for your beery diary

Come rain or shine, the Hafod brewery bar will be out at a stack of events this Spring/Summer from fell running to festivals – which one will YOU be at? Check your diary and join us for our usual mix of cask ale, canned and bottled beers! 
May 14th-15th Wrexham Food & Drink Festival
May 21st Excalibur charity fell-run/walk, Moel Famau
June 3rd-5th Loggfest, We Three Loggerheads pub, nr Mold
June 10th – 11th Midsummer Music & Ale Fest, Mold TBC
June 12th Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, Mold
July 10th Mold carnival
August 5th-7th North Wales Blues & Soul Festival

Flintshire Real Ale Trail Saturday 23rd April

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  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

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February Happenings

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: 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


Refurb Time

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:


A busy month – can’t complain of boredom!

New Year – New Beer

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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 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:

Great Ale At The Market:

Beer Dock:

Chester Beer & Wine:

Iechyd Da Liquor Store, Caernarfon:

Stori Beers, Bala:

Gales, Llangollen

Olif Tapas, Betws-y-Coed

Porter’s Deli, Llangollen

Ship In A Bottle, West Kirby & Liverpool branches

Can we do it? Yes we CAN!

Sorry. Terrible pun. But then it’s been an exciting week here as two of our beers, Big Red and Safe Bet, arrived in cans.

After several years of toiling away at hand bottling small-batch brews of beer, capping, labelling the said bottles (again by hand) then waiting around for the bottle-conditioning process to work, it’s a satisfying thing to wave off the IBCs of beer and welcome them back in cans! So here they are…

Big Red our rye and spelt brew launched successfully at several north west beer festivals recently and makes a satisfyingly smooth transition to can. It’s due to be featured as one of the 31 Beers of January in the Tryanuary campaign – if you love trying new beers and you’re not sure what @tryanuary is then get on to Twitter and find out!

No pic of Safe Bet as it’s literally being collected from the cannery as we speak, but the name says it really: our 3.5% session pale with a subtle spicy hopped bitter finish…

Time for some more QC and by happy coincidence our new Hafod branded glasses turned up this week so it’d be rude not to try them out (wouldn’t it?!) The glasses, cans, giftpacks and the brewery bar will all be having their first Christmas outing this weekend to Liverpool – come and see us at the Artisans at The Palmhouse event on Saturday and Sunday for beer, beer and more beer.



So What’s Brewing?

New beer, new image.


Amongst a lot of other busy goings-on – there’s a whole different blog post for that – this autumn sees the launch of our new pump clip range AND Big Red, our brand new Spelt & Rye IPA. Some of our beers are all about subtlety; Big Red is all about a big, bold blend of 8 American hops and a mouth-watering bitter finish.  Something you can get your teeth in to. Something that will be debuting at several North West beer festivals soon.

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There’s a plethora of great beer festivals out there this season where you can support local micros by supping a pint of locally brewed beer and, more often than not, help raise money for good causes. We’ve just listed the ones where you can get a pint of Hafod (biased? us?!)

Festivals we’re supporting and supplying:

Chester Rugby World Cup Beer Festival Friday 30th – Saturday 31st October Watch the rugby and drink beer. Fool-proof. Unless you don’t like rugby. But then there’s all that beer, so what’s the problem? Landmark, Sunrise and Moel Famau will be making an appearance.

Mold Novemberfest Friday 13th – Sunday 15th October Sponsored by Hafod, we’ll be there with the Hafod bar, serving up 5 of our beers on hand-pull to go with a great beer line-up, food and foot-stomping bands. The beers will be: Cranberry Ale, Dubbel, Big Red, Hopper and Festivale.

Cheshire Beer Festival Friday 13th – Saturday 14th October A big variety of beers on at the Racecourse including our new beer Big Red!

Wirral Beer Festival Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th October Two casks of Big Red will be on at the festival, whilst six other beers will be on soon at The Ship and Mitre pub in Liverpool, including our seasonal Bilberry Brew and Moel Famau dark ale.