The first thing we did was to place a bucket filled with sugary beer wort underneath the apple tree in our garden and wait for the magic to happen. And it did! After a few days the wort was turned into a natural, wild beer utilising the yeast and bacteria in the air. While the beer itself was not anything we would drink, it did show some promise. Over the course of many months we inoculated dozens of different worts at different temperatures. We ended up with a culture that provided the unique fermentation character we wanted with enough acid producing bacteria to make the beer lightly tart, which was exactly what we wanted. We called the resulting culture “The Garden Party”.
In 2015 we found the location we needed on the harbour of the little fishing village of Tejn. After several months of hard work cleaning, painting, installing equipment and then some more cleaning, we finally got to make our first beers to fill our many barrels.
We had the goal of creating balanced beers where the acidic component serves as a balancing character without taking the stage from the malt, hops and yeast flavours. We already knew that our Garden Party culture could produce the result we wanted if it was kept cool, so all our wild barrels ended up in a huge cool room, where it would sit until ready.
What we did not expect was that it would take almost three years before we had the perfect beers we were looking for. But what we did believe is that it would be worth the waiting time, to get the unique balance and depth of flavour from a long slow fermentation.
In the autumn of 2018 the first four beers became available and in the summer of 2019 we will have another few available. Being only two people in the brewery, production is limited. Our ambition is to be able to add a few beers per year to our core range with an annual yield of approximately 30.000 bottles.
It has been a long, tough and challenging journey. I hope you agree with us, that it was worth all the work and the long waiting time.
… And why “Penyllan”?
My family were some of the first settlers in Western Australia and before that they came from Wales. Generations before that Penyllan was the name of the family homestead on top of a hill in Wales. The name has been passed down and used for many things over the years, recently being a yacht and my uncles house (on top of a hill) in Western Australia. So I trekked back there and asked permission to use the name. And he said yes.
Jessica Andersen, Penyllan brewer & blender
Creating Penyllan Beers
Over the span of some years, Garden Party will work its magic and slowly take the beer into the direction we want. Some barrels ends up exactly as we imagined, while others need to be blended to obtain perfect balance. Sometimes we blend in an older vintage to get acidity and complexity, and sometimes we blend in fresher beer to balance and smooth out flavours.
We will often add fruit to the beer at some point in the process. This is not because we are looking for the beer to actually taste of fruit. What we are looking for are the uniquely complex flavours that come from the fruit being transformed by the micro organisms by the mysterious process of bio-transformation.
After the beer is matured and blended it is bottled with a little fresh yeast and a bit of sugar allowing it to undergo a third fermentation in the bottle. This bottle conditioning process is very important to the finished product because it keeps the beer alive, which will allow it to mature and develop for years.
Nina is an amber beer with white head and a complex aroma of apple, wet forest and a touch of vanilla from the oak. The flavour is light tart, with notes of red berries, plums and fresh dough complemented by toffee from toasted malt. Finish is dry with light caramel notes.
No of Bottles: 272/1559/14 | Packaging: 375ml, 750ml champagne bottle and 1500ml magnum
Aged in bourbon and cognac barrels
ABV: 12% | Release Date: May 18 | Vintage: 2015
No of Bottles: 284 | Packaging: 750ml champagne bottle
ABV: 5% | Release Date: May 18 | Vintage: 2015
No of Bottles: 483 | Packaging: 750ml champagne bottle
ABV: 6% | Release Date: May 18 | Vintage: 2015
No of Bottles: 209/390 | Packaging: 375ml and 750ml champagne bottle
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TAPROOM & SHOP
The taproom & shop is closed for the season. We will reopen June 12th 2019. The brewery is still open by appointment.