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Mountain Brew

5 of the best pubs and breweries in Snowdonia

While Snowdonia is home to plenty of cosy traditional inns, numerous modern microbreweries have also helped to usher in a golden era of Welsh beer production.

The micro-climate within the mountains has even resulted in orchards and vineyards popping up amid the slopes. So whether you want a taste of tradition at a historic inn, or an introduction to the area’s new brews, you can be sure to find your ideal tipple.

Purple Moose Brewery – Porthmadog

Now with multiple award-winning staple beers, available cask conditioned and bottled, the Purple Moose Brewery in Porthmadog is an absolute must for ale aficionados.

Take a leisurely tour of the brewery before enjoying a complimentary glass of beer, and if you want to experience the beer in perfect surrounds, our Regional Manager Lynda Morris recommends taking a trip to The Australia, the celebrated pub which is part-owned by the brewery.

The Black Boy Inn – Caernarfon

Found in the royal town of Caernarfon, the Grade II listed building retains an old world charm, with low ceilings, oak beams and roaring log fires. The beer list is extensive, with the bar’s 20 taps hosting a revolving line-up of kegs and cask ales from independent and global breweries.

If you fancy a bite to go with your pint, the renowned restaurant champions local produce from the mountains to the sea. Our expert, Geraint Thomas says that the Black Boy Inn is ‘one of the most famous pubs in this part of the world, and the best!’

Pant Du Vineyard – Nantlle Valley

This vineyard and orchard has far reaching views over the mountains to the north east and the sea to the west. Formerly a livestock farm, the cows and sheep were replaced with vines and apple trees when the Huws family bought the eight-acre site in the early 2000s. Now, the family business produces its own wines, ciders and even spring water.

For an authentic taste of the region, sit outside the café with a glass of red and admire the stunning landscape. Tours and tastings also make for a great group activity.

Snowdonia Parc Brewpub – Waunfawr

For those in search of delicious beer in a no-frills atmosphere, the Snowdonia Parc Brewpub is a must. Gaining recognition from CAMRA as the region’s best pub on numerous occasions, the drinks list includes real ales brewed on the premises.

Located in the pretty village of Waunfawr, very close to a station for the Welsh Highland Railway, the Brewpub bustles with walkers, climbers and families seeking much-needed refreshment. There is a comprehensive children’s menu on offer, as well as an on-site playground to keep the little ones entertained.

Cader Ales – Dolgellau

Set in the market town of Dolgellau, the brewery’s regional pride is evident in its beers, which have been named after local landmarks, attractions, and even historic outlaw gangs. According to our local expert, Steve Beech, the ‘Cader Gold Ale is a heavenly taste of the region’.

Tours operate year round and, children are welcome to come along and learn about the brewing process (if not enjoy the results!)