January marks the 15th anniversary of Monty’s Brewery, which has been brewing in the same location at Hen-Domen since its inception, back in 2009, and is still going strong!
Founded on the outskirts of Montgomery in 2009 by husband-and-wife team Russ and Pam Honeyman, Monty’s is now one of the leading breweries throughout Wales and is also one of the very few SALSA-accredited breweries.
To help with the celebrations, Monty’s has released a special beer called Monty’s XV. With only 500 bottles brewed, it won’t be hanging around for long.
Back in March 2023, Monty’s brewed a very smooth and luxurious 9% Imperial Stout, which won Gold at the Society of Independent Brewers competition in the Speciality and Flavoured beer category.
However, not all of it was bottled as enough was kept back to fill a Bourbon barrel from a Welsh distillery which was then left in the beer store to do its thing! In November, Monty’s decided that it was time to bottle the batch from the barrel, which was very much a team effort bottling it by hand like Monty’s did all those years ago.
“We had a great time,” said Russ, Commercial Director. “It brought back so many memories, and we think we have produced something very special indeed!”
The barrel has imparted fantastic warming flavours of the bourbon while keeping the distinct dryness and flavours of the imperial stout. It’s also added a bit more alcohol, now sitting at 11.6%!”
The anniversary year has already started well for Monty’s who have exported a trailer full of cask beer to Sweden, and are releasing two new beers in their Monty’s range - an ESB and a new Gluten Free beer, a Red IPA, with both being available by the end of January.