We are a husband and wife team, with a shared love of good real ale and the landscape of Southern Snowdonia. We set up Cader Ales in Dolgellau in the summer of 2012, on a small scale, brewing between 5 and 10 nine gallon casks a week. After trial brews and feedback from local ale drinkers we developed two ales: Idris Bitter, a soft traditional bitter and Cader Gold, a light hoppy ale. After 6 months we added Red Bandit, based on an old ruby ale. In early 2013 we set to work developing a brew for the Talyllyn Railway settling on a hoppy IPA, inspired by the origin of this beer which was designed to travel. With four ales and an increasing following both locally and further afield, we took the plunge and installed a larger (although still micro by commercial standards) brewery. We are now able to brew beer to fill 40 and more casks a week, and we are extending our range of ales.
Quality and consistency – we source the best ingredients, we concentrate on a small but varied range of beers, and we brew with care.
We listen – we listened to local drinkers and visitors to our beautiful area before developing our beers and we are still listening, feedback is always welcome.
We care about our environment and our local community – we source all that we can locally and we work in partnership with local businesses.
How we brew
The brewing process in small breweries has changed little over the centuries, there are no added chemicals and at the heart of a good pint are high quality natural ingredients. The process is not automated and it relies on care, attention to detail and the judgement that comes from experience, to get each brew just right. We are helped in this process by using closed conical fermenters which help us maintain the consistency and clarity of our ales. We source the barley and the hops carefully and the quality of the water, our main ingredient, is superb as it flows down from the hills and mountains around Dolgellau.