We brew ales that we like to drink. It's simple really!
We might be fairly new, but in our short time much has happened. Here are a few of our highlights.
The idea of starting a microbrewery had been discussed many times. We were already running two busy pubs in the Gower, so forming a microbrewery was the natural next step.The company was formed in September 2011. We acquired a 5 barrel brew plant in October and renovated our building. Walls, floor, ceiling... the lot. The brew plant was installed in November, with haste to try and hit our goal of brewing on the 11th of the 11th of the 11th! We managed it. Our 1st brew (Brew1) was completed at around 4pm on 11/11/11. Not a date we'll forget in a hurry.
We established our Brew 1, Gower Gold and Gower Power recipes and had our official launch. Then we ordered some more casks and commissioned more tanks to ferment our beer in.
Pubs started to take our ales, and we entertained our local CAMRA groups. A buzz started around our beers. We began bottling in the summer and in the following 3 months we sell some 30,000 bottles of our ales. Gower Power was nominated the runner-up in the Best Rural Beer of 2012. Our Lighthouse Lager was selected to feature in a new book by Ben McFarland - The Best 500 Beers in the World.
By the end of the year we have been nominated as the Welsh Start-up Business of 2012 by the Countryside Alliance.
We win the title of Start-up Business 2012 in Wales and are put forward to the UK final at the House of Lords. We're discussed national radio - BBC Radio 2 enjoy a Gower Power during Simon Mayo's Drivetime show. It's only February..... watch this space!
We acquire our new 15,000 sq ft premises just 4 miles down the road from the Greyhound Inn at Crofty Industrial Estate. Going from a five to 20-barrel capacity with our new state of the art brewing kit. This allowed us to meet the increased demands for our beer and to continue to grow the business.
In May, we welcome Prime Minister David Cameron, for a tour of the Brewery. He is accompanied by newly appointed Welsh Secretary, Stephen Crabb and Gower MP Byron Davies.
In September, our beer is selected as one of ten in the Daily Telegraph’s article “The best beers to welcome in Autumn.”
The installation of our new 12 head bottling line means that we are now able to complete the full process of brewing to bottling in house. Allowing us to keep up with the ever increasing demand for our products.
In May, we launch our partnership with Colliers Cheese and Asda lists Gower Brewery’s Colliers Royal Gold in its stores throughout Wales.
In the short life of the Gower Brewery, we have established a number of core ales plus a few seasonal ones, run brewery tours, received awards and even sent casks to America. Exciting times ahead.
We produce hand crafted ales of the highest standards using traditional methods, using only the highest quality ingredients such as the amazing floor malted barley from Warminster Maltings and hops from Charles Faram & Co - who have been supplying the finest hops from all over the world since 1865. Using quality ingredients allows us to gain some unique flavours in our beers. We hope you like them!