Monday 5 March 2012

Grey Trees Brewery, Llwydcoed, Aberdare

Last year the Red Cow at Llwydcoed, near Aberdare won the Mid-Glamorgan CAMRA Pub of the Year Award, a tribute to the hard work put into this pub by landlord Ray Davies. The Red Cow is the last pub in the village, a village that was once served by 8 pubs. Brew Wales have previously covered the pub here. The Red Cow is the winner of the Mid-Glamorgan Pub of the Year this year as well.
Last year Ray decided to start brewing his own beer at the pub and the Grey Trees Brewery was born, the name coming from the English translation of Llwydcoed.

Three regular beers are brewed by landlord Ray Davies in his one-barrel (280 pint) brew plant.

Rechabites Bitter, 4%

A bronze-coloured bitter brewed with Maris Otter Malt and Challenger and Golding Hops.

Named after a local society that uses the pub.

Diggers Gold, 4%,

Diggers Gold is a golden coloured pale ale with a subtle hop aroma and a brief biscuity flavour followed by a dry and astringent after-taste. The pleasant bitter and hoppy after-taste lingers for quite a while afterwards. Brewed with Maris Otter Malt and Goldings and Challenger hops, Diggers Gold is also dry-hopped with Challenger in the cask to give it its distinctive lasting bitterness.

Ray has said he is still experimenting with this brew and will be using American hops in future.

Ye Olde Drummer Boy, 4.2%

A dark, strong mild, named after former pub regular and Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable.

Beers are only available at the pub for now, but expect to see some of them at the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival in June.

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