BEER lovers will be pleased to hear a farmer is quenching the demand for a local ale.
Matthew Walley, of Common Farm, Waverton, has set up a brewery, Spitting Feathers, at his farm and is supplying local pubs and hotels with his ale.
Matthew, whose family has been farming in Waverton for five generations, decided to start brewing ale after he saw a gap in the market in Chester.
He is using one of the farm buildings which dates back to 1862.
He said: 'I'm enthusiastic about beer. Chester does not have a brewery in the city and so I thought there might be an opening there. I spoke to pubs and they seemed to think it was a good idea. We went for it.'
Matthew said it was hard work setting up the brewery and ensuring the beer is of sufficient quality.
He said: 'If the beer is bad then you get a bad name and we don't want that. The quality has to be consistent.
'We have done a lot of testings and at the brewery we have had really good feedback. At the pubs we are supplying it is really taking off.'
'Spitting Feathers', which started brewing this year, is the only brewery in Chester since the Northgate brewery closed. The brewery is producing four ales:
Special Ale, Thirstquencher, Old Waverton and Basket Case.
The ales are free from colourings, flavourings and other artificial additives and are made from the finest barley malts, hops and yeast.
They are currently supplying their ale to The Plough, Christleton, Telfords Warehouse, Chester, and The Nags Head, Lavister, but are looking to widen their market.
The farm opened the brewery for local hotels and pubs to taste the beers and look around the brewery. Mathew is hopeful more pubs and hotels will be interested in his ale.
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