We've asked beer expert Emma Inch to select some of her favourite Welsh craft ales from across Wales. So, take a tour of both ancient and modern and explore the country through one of our favourite drinks.

North Wales

Multi award-winning Purple Moose Brewery has been based in the harbour town of Porthmadog since 2005. Its Snowdonia Ale is perfect refreshment after a hard day’s walking in the mountains. Purple Moose hosts regular brewery tours, the price of which includes a drink in The Australia, an historic pub on Porthmadog High Street that functions as the brewery’s taphouse.

A glass of Purple Moose Snowdonia Ale sitting next to its bottle.
A group of people taking a tour around Purple Moose: brewery.
A hand in a bag of hops at Purple Moose Brewery.

Purple Moose: Snowdonia Ale, brewery tour and hops

If you’re exploring North Wales, look out for beers from the critically-acclaimed Polly’s Brew Co. The brewery is based on a farm in Flintshire and was named after the previous resident of the original brewhouse building: a well-loved horse! Polly’s Brew Co. began producing hop-forward, modern beer in 2018 and quickly became the highest rated brewery in Wales on the influential Untappd beer-rating app.

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can of drink with glass of drink beside it with background of stainless steel  brewery equipment

In Colour Ale and Citra Mosaic Pale Ale, Polly's Brew Co

Mid Wales

The picturesque town of Montgomery and the remains of its thirteenth century castle, sit around a mile from the Welsh-English border. Located just a stone’s throw from the historic market town is Monty’s Brewery, founded in 2009 by Pam Honeyman, the brewery boasts many award winning ales which are available to buy locally or from the brewery or online at Monty’s Brewery. The brewery is partnering with the Shropshire Union and Montgomery Canal Society in 2023, and brewing a 'Navigation Ale', where a donation will be given by the brewery towards the restoration of the canal.

If you love beer so much that you’d like to stay in a brewery, you can do just that in Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in Wales. The nineteenth century Neuadd Arms Hotel is also the site of the Heart of Wales Brewery, which produces a range of real ales using water from its own borehole. If you coincide your visit with the town’s annual Bogsnorkelling Triathlon or Man Versus Horse Marathon, you’re certain to want a refreshing pint of something!

If you’re a festival fan, check out the Green Man Festival which takes place in Crickhowell every August. It’s a music and arts festival featuring a beer list of over one hundred beers, all from Welsh breweries.

West Wales

More than one hundred and fifty years of brewing heritage coupled with the skill of sixth generation family brewers, mean Felinfoel Brewery near Llanelli is a real slice of history. But it’s also a brewery that’s never been afraid to look forwards. In fact, in 1935, inspired by the Welsh tinplate industry, it became one of the first breweries in the world to package beer in cans. Its beer can now be found in a number of Felinfoel pubs across southern and western Wales.

South Wales

In Newport, South Wales, you can take a tour of the endlessly creative Tiny Rebel Brewery. In 2015, Tiny Rebel won the Champion Beer of Britain award for Cwtch, their Welsh Red Ale, and you can sample this at the brewery or at the Tiny Rebel bars in Newport and Cardiff, along with the Stay Puft marshmallow porter, Pump Up the Jam jam doughnut pale ale, and more.


 Wall art describing the many types of beer.
Image of the outside of Tiny Rebel at night, which is a red bricked building on the corner of the street
A selection of bottled beers on a bar.

Tiny Rebel Bar, Cardiff

The Great Welsh Beer Festival, organised by CAMRA takes place in Cardiff every October. Here you can sample over one hundred and thirty cask ales and be the first to hear which beer has been crowned Champion Beer of Wales.

So, get out there and enjoy a bit of beer tourism. I’ll see you at the bar!

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