You turn your back for five minutes and a whole host of breweries open up in places where there was a distinct lack of them. Penlon is described as a cottage brewery that aims to…
“To revive and enhance traditional brewing from a time when the ingredients were local, simple, free from chemical interference and gently consumed in a traditional jug and bottle way.”
Located in Mid-West Wales I was very lucky enough to receive a bottle when my Dad came to US a few weeks back (thanks Dad). The brewery currently produces 10 styles of beer and supports internet sales, although I couldn’t find a mention of export sales outside of UK (in the two minutes I looked at the site).
The Beer: Pen-Lon Stock Ram bottle conditioned Stout, 4.5% abv
Appearance: Deep, dark, black. No head.
Aroma: Roasted malt/grain aromas, slightly toasted
Taste: Subtle combinations of soft water, toasted barley/grain, slight caramelisation, and a good dose of Stout bitterness; roasted, bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Has a subtle effervescence which is actually more like a velvet experience.
My guess is that the beer either didn’t like the journey here or it needed a little more time to mature, hence the lack of head and carbonation, the second possibility is that I should have read the instructions on the bottle that suggests that you open, wait a few minutes, then pour; however, this did not detract from the overall experience which impressed me enough to request the purchase and storage of a few bottles back in Wales. As I wrote above, there are ten beer styles available and I would like to think this brewery does well, certainly this part of the UK needs a few more smaller breweries concentrating of good beers as opposed to the large mechanised breweries that flood the local market with “beer”.
Website: Penlon Cottage Brewery