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
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