A joint project between the Groes Inn and local brewer, Great Orme Brewery, has resulted in Groes Ale. Developed to give Groes Inn customers a unique beer that embodies their desire for great local food and drink.
Great Orme Brewery was established at the end of 2005. Originally brewing two beers, it quickly built a strong reputation and introduced another three regular beers. The Groes Ale project was conceived between Groes Inn propriter, Justin Humphreys, and Great Orme Breweries Director, Jonathan Hughes, who are cousins.
Orme Best Bitter was already a popular choice with Groes customers so the pair thought that a light, fresh, ale with a contemporary twist would appeal to the Groes Inn’s clientele and be the perfect partner to the darker more full-bodied Orme Best Bitter. Groes Ale is a light ale with a slight citrus taste that will appeal to both men and women. This has been achieved by using very pale lightly roasted malt with just a hint of darker malts to add depth and character to the beer.
Justin Humphreys said: “After months of development we are delighted that Groes Ale is ready for its first public tasting. Great Orme Brewery has created a wonderful product for us. Using fresh, and natural ingredients, and traditional brewing methods they have created an ale that is bursting with flavour – we are both very pleased with it and we hope that our customers will be as proud of their new local brew as we are.”
Great Orme Brewery director, Jonathan Hughes said: “The taste of beer is very subjective so the key is to remember who the eventual drinker will be. With that in mind you also obviously inject some of your own style into any new beer – so Groes Ale has that slightly sweeter than average moreish quality that our beers are known for.
I believe it is a great beer and I hope that the Groes Inn customers will enjoy it whether they have it straight from the cask or in time, chilled from a bottle.”
The Groes Inn itself has a remarkable history dating back to the fifteenth century. In 1573 it became the first licensed house in all of Wales. To this day the inn retains many of the original features and charm from this long history, and five centuries on a Good Pub Guide award naming it ‘Britain’s Inn of the Year’ confirms that it is still one of Wales’s very best watering holes.
Groes ale is available on draught and in bottle.
Brewed by The Great Orme Brewery.