THE BREWERY

Wild Horse Brewing Company is a small craft brewery located in Llandudno, North Wales – established in 2015. At Wild Horse we’re passionate about brewing beer naturally – our beer is never filtered and never pasteurised – we make fresh, delicious beer with Snowdonia water and the finest malted barley and hops we can source.

OUR APPROACH


At Wild Horse HQ, we’re not really into mission statements but our goal is pretty simple – ‘to make the best beer possible’. All our beer is hand crafted at our brewery in Llandudno and we do everything we can to make it the best it can be, from grain to glass:

  • Our water is from Snowdonia and brewing water doesn’t get much better that this! It comes to us from the tap so we carbon filter the water, to remove chlorine.
  • We use malt of the highest quality and mill it onsite at the brewery.
  • We source the freshest hops possible and store them cold to keep them fresh.
  • Yeast are the most important workers at the brewery! We take care of them and ensure that conditions are perfect for good, clean fermentation.
  • Our beer is only bottled and kegged at the brewery. We wouldn’t trust anyone else to do it!

OUR BREW


We brew our beer as naturally as possible and do not believe in filtering or pasteurising. We also like to be honest about what goes into our beers. Beer contains water, malted barley, hops and yeast, but this is what else we add:

  • All breweries, big and small, treat their water but we believe ‘less is more’ – we add minimal brewing salts and just enough food-grade acid to make sure our mash chemistry is spot on.
  • We add a small amount of kettle finings (derived from seaweed) and yeast nutrient to the boil – this improves beer clarity and ensures our yeast stay fit and healthy!
  • CO2 is added back to the beer just before it is packaged – we make sure every bottle and keg has the same level of carbonation, exactly as the brewer intended.
  • And that’s it! We don’t add any other finings such as Isinglass (derived from the swim bladder of fish) which means that our beer is suitable for vegetarians and (with the exception of Chocolate Orange Milk Stout) vegans.

THE BREWERS

Dave Faragher is our head brewer and founder and is supported by his wife Emma, who makes sure the accounting side of the business is all in order! Dave and Emma both grew up in the area and returned in 2014 to set up Wild Horse Brewing Company in beautiful North Wales, after 13 years away living in England and Canada.  In 2016, fellow craft beer lover Chris Wilkinson joined the the Wild Horse brewing team.

INSPIRATION


Dave’s brewing ‘career’ and Dave and Emma’s love of North American craft beer started whilst living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada between 2010 and 2014. A tour of Calgary’s Wild Rose Brewery shortly after arriving in the city opened their eyes to the exciting world of craft beer… and they never looked back.

DEVELOPMENT


Dave has 5 years of brewing under his belt. It all started with a simple homebrew kit (a gift for his 30th birthday) but quickly moved to brewing beer from scratch on the couple’s 24th floor balcony in downtown Calgary. The high winds and temperatures down to -30°c would prove challenging, but didn’t stop Dave and his beer got better and better.

AWARDS

In early 2014 Dave received 3 gold and 1 bronze medals at national Canadian homebrew competitions for his blonde ale (Buckskin Blonde is based on this recipe). On returning to the UK, Dave spent 3 months studying at Brewlab in Sunderland, to learn all about brewing commercially, and achieved a Diploma in British Brewing Technology.

UNFILTERED – UNPASTEURISED – UNTAMED


We use malt of the highest quality and mill it onsite at the brewery.

Dave Faragher
Brewer & Founder




Our beer is only bottled and kegged at the brewery, allowing us to control all stages of the beer making process.
Emma Faragher
Founder

CARNEDDAU WILD HORSES

We love the Carneddau wild horses and love that, like our beer, they won’t be tamed!

Wild Horse HQ is only a few miles from Conwy mountain and the neighbouring Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia. This area is home to what is believed to be the only truly wild population of horses in the UK. These horses have been roaming these hills for centuries.

Thanks to the wild horses’ hardiness and the endeavours of generations of local hill farmers, the population has survived to this day. In Tudor times, King Henry VIII even ordered the feral native ponies to be destroyed, because they could not carry a knight in full armour. More recently in 2013, a study by Aberystwyth University revealed that the horses are a genetically distinct population, confirming the population has been isolated for at least the last several hundred years.

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