Geipel Brewing

Craft Lager from North Wales

Gellioedd, North Wales


Our 7 barrel (1,000 litre) brewery lives in a barn on a hillside in rural North Wales. The brewhouse itself was manufactured outside Munich and comes to us by way of a defunct brewpub in Nagano, Japan. The traditional copper cladding not only looks great, but also provides nutrients for our yeast. 

We do...

  • Fire our kettle with steam. Steam creates a gentle heat and avoids caramelisation which is unsuitable for many lagers.
  • Use traditional brewing methods such as decoction mashing which preserve the delicate flavours in lager.
  • Carbonate naturally. Injecting it is simpler, but carbon dioxide produced by the fermentation process creates fine bubbles that enhance flavour and drinkability.
  • Condition for at least one month at near-freezing temperatures. This expensive "lagering" stage is what gave the style it's name and must not be cut short.

We don't...

  • Use "bittering" hops - industrial strength hops bred to cut costs. They lack the subtlety of aromatic varieties.
  • Filter, centrifuge, or "fine". Flavour will not be sacrificed for the sake of appearance or shelf-life.
  • Pasteurise. Ditto.
  • Use city water. Our water comes direct from our own borehole in the Welsh countryside. No need to add or remove chemicals; it's lovely as it is.

All this means our beers may not keep as long as your common supermarket lager. But like fresh baked bread, you can really taste the difference.