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Contemporary Ales Brewed in Wales

The growth of Monty’s from a small, family run, start-up to an established enterprise, exporting beer all over the world, has been a fast-paced and exciting journey

It was in June 2008 that the first seeds were sown by owners Pam and Russ Honeyman. Over a quiet pint and Sunday lunch, they pondered, ‘Shall we build a brewery?’. Soon after, Pam was off to Brewlab at Sunderland University, returning back with a plan and a recipe.

In January 2009 the first casks were produced. It was only the third brew before Monty’s Sunshine started to get the recognition it still enjoys today, winning the “Darlington Spring Thing CAMRA Beer Festival”. Now with over sixteen regular, seasonal and specials brews, Monty’s Brewery has firmly established itself as Mid Wales’ premier brewery. The Visitor Centre on the edge of the town of Montgomery is well worth a visit.

Masquerade: A golden ale with tropical fruit flavours and a distinctive hop aroma. It is brewed with barley and the gluten removed; they bet you can't tell.

Dark Secret: A rich full-bodied oatmeal stout full of chocolate and coffee flavours great at 5.6% Alc. This one is for the dark beer lovers to enjoy.

Hilltop: A golden ale with a rounded finish and a hint of honey sweetness. This a great pint brewed with a little help from local Montgomeryshire producers Hilltop Honey. A real local collaboration; we've combined two of the countrysides oldest, traditional past times - brewing and beekeeping - to produce a great pint with subtle sweet undertones.

Old Jailhouse: Traditional, Malty, Amber Ale. Their chestnut coloured, malty amber ale. An easy drinking rich amber coloured Best Bitter; full of malty character.

Sunshine: Monty's Sunshine; this is their most popular, signature brew. It's packed with floral and citrus aromas from the cascade hops and has a distinctive dry finish. The golden jewel in Monty's crown is this easy-sipping summer slacker; floral with a dry apricot finish.

Mischief: Mischief - it lives up to its name. Their golden strong British IPA, refreshing and easily quaffable for a 5% ale. Brewed with a great balance of malts and hops this beer is an easy drinking brew with a slight sweetness in the finish.

Moonrise: Traditional, Malty, Amber Ale. An amber coloured, traditional malty bitter; a true beer to accompany all sorts of food. Moonrise is Monty's brew that was brewed with good food in mind. It has been designed to offer a warm, rich taste to accompany a wide range of meals.

Eastbound: Monty's Imperial India Pale Ale. Their take on an Imperial India Pale Ale has the characteristic high level of alcohol at 7.3%, and uses a substantial amount of Columbus hops four ways! A truly great example of an Imperial IPA.

MPA: Monty's MPA is a dry and lightly hopped Pale Ale. Brewed to carry a grapefruit aroma and a hint of lychee this is an another quaffable, easy drinking pint.

The brewery has been featured on BBC's Countryfile, in beer books written by Ben McFarland, Pete Brown and Roger Pritz all great beer writers. Monty's is SALSA plus Beer accredited, all bottling and kegging are carried out at their main production facility in Hen-domen, so Monty's has full control of the process.

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