Monty’s Brewery and Visitor Centre is a family-owned business run by Pam and Russ Honeyman that now exports award-winning Welsh ales around the world. It produces a range of 16 regular and seasonal beers including the award-winning Sunshine, Hilltop and the gluten-free Masquerade. You can purchase a great range of branded gifts and pre-order cask ales for special events. Brewery talks and tastings can be arranged and a meeting room and bar are available to hire.
Visitor Centre Address: Monty’s Visitor Centre, The Cottage, Montgomery, Powys SY15 6QT
Tel: 01686 668933
Vistor Centre open hours: Sunday & Monday CLOSED Tuesday – Thursday 12 noon – 6pm Friday & Saturday 12 noon – 7pm
October 2017 Update
Flag waving rival armies from England and Wales marched to a key crossing point on the River Severn to witness the signing of a famous Treaty 750 years ago which was later celebrated with a banquet and Monty’s celebratory brew.
The historic meeting on September 29, 1267 between King Henry III and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, Prince of Gwynedd, at Rhydwhyman Ford, Caerhowell was the first and only time that an English ruler has recognised the right of a Welsh prince to rule over Wales. A lot of water has flowed along the Severn since that famous day, but children from Montgomery and Abermule Primary Schools and Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd, Newtown were able to bring history to life by re-enacting the signing of the Treaty of Montgomery on Friday. Adults performed roles of the main characters whilst the children filled in as the English and Welsh armies. The Queen’s official representative in Powys, Lord Lieutenant Dame Shân Legge–Bourke was also there to witness the ceremony together with Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies, dignitaries and local people. The re-enactment has sparked two days of celebrations in the neighbouring ancient border town of Montgomery. A Medieval Banquet and entertainment took place in the Town Hall when Montgomery’s award-winning brewery, Monty’s Brewery, commemorated the event with a celebratory brew.
On Saturday there was a medieval encampment based at Montgomery Castle. The camp allowed visitors to learn about life in the 13th century and to see clothing, food and weaponry from the period. Children had the opportunity to dress up and handle weapons safely and there was mock tournaments and skirmishes. The celebrations were organised by Montgomery Town Council and partners. One of the organisers, Councillor Cerys Thomas said: “I think it’s important for our national history to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the signing the Treaty of Montgomery.
“It was the first and only time that an English king recognised the right of a Welsh prince to rule over Wales. It’s not the only link that King Henry III had with Montgomery, however. He came to the town when he was 16 to choose the site of the castle.”
Lord Lieutenant Dame Shân Legge–Bourke also stressed the importance of the re-enactment. “I think it’s very important for children to learn about the history surrounding Montgomery and to enjoy it.
“I am sure that they are going to enjoy the re-enactment at Montgomery Castle tomorrow.”
Mr Davies praised Montgomery for organising a “realistic” re-enactment ceremony.
“The re-enactment helps to make young people aware of the turbulent relationship that existed between England and Wales in the past,” he said. “Montgomery has taken the historical perspective and has done a brilliant job at presenting it today.”
The Treaty of Montgomery recognised Llywelyn as the Prince of Wales, giving him territories in Wales and England. In return, he swore loyalty to Henry.
After the defeat of his ally Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, in 1265, Llywelyn reached agreement with Henry III at Montgomery. Many of the conditions of the treaty had been anticipated by the Treaty of Pipton in 1265 between Llywelyn and de Montfort.
The 1267 treaty gave Llywelyn Builth, Brecon and Gwerthrynion in Mid Wales and Whittington Castle, previously held by his grandfather in the 1220s. He also received an assurance that no castle would be built at Hawarden for 60 years by Robert of Mold, securing the north-eastern border of Wales.
The treaty allowed for the reinstatement of Llywelyn’s brother, Dafydd ap Gruffydd, into Welsh society after his defection to England in the early 1260s.
Though the treaty required Llywelyn to pay homage to the King of England for the land, it was an acknowledgement of the power and authority of the prince. However, following the succession of Edward I as King of England in 1272, relations between England and Wales deteriorated and Edward declared war on Llywelyn in 1276.
The Treaty of Aberconwy of 1277 superseded the Treaty of Montgomery and severely curbed Llywelyn’s power. In December 1282, 15 years after the original treaty, Llywelyn was killed in a surprise attack in Cilmeri, near Builth Wells.
June 2017 Update
Monty’s Brewery based in Montgomery, Powys launched their fantastic Summer Brew Monty’s “Desert Rats” last week at their Visitor Centre in Montgomery.
The brew is launched every year on June 6th and runs through the summer months, with every pint sold a 5p donation is given to SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity (Soldier, Sailor, Air Force and Families Association). This year the launch at The Monty’s Brewery Visitor Centre, Montgomery was attended by some very special guests.
It was an honour to have Henry Montgomery pulling the first pint, Grandson of the great General Montgomery! The SSAFA volunteers had a training session and lunch before Desert Rats was served up – of course! One of the veterans attending served in the Arctic Convoy as an engineer and pilot; he had many a story to tell.
Russ Honeyman, Commercial Director for Monty’s said “as an Ex RAF person myself, we are pleased to be able to do our bit for SSAFA. We donate so that SSAFA can help support serving personnel, veterans and their families and this small donation is our way of helping that great organisation. We also produced 1000 limited edition bottles this year to promote SSAFA. Along with our donation to the up keep of Offa’s Dyke National Trail from the sales of our beer “Best Offa”, we would hope lots of people get to benefit in some way or another”.
Philip Williams the Divisional Secretary for SSAFA for Montgomeryshire said ‘we are hugely grateful to Russ and Pam for their continued support; many ex-servicemen and their families in need benefit from their generosity and the beer is really good too!’
December 2016 Update 2
Monty’s Brewery pulls in Ales contract with the CO-OP
A Monty’s brewery is celebrating after pulling in a contract with the Co-op to supply an estimated 20,000 pints of ale in a year.
Monty’s Brewery – which was founded by Russ and Pam Honeyman, who is the head brewer – has won its first contract with a national retailer and will now supply around 80 of the community retailer’s stores.
The move comes as the Co-op commits to doubling the number of its small and micro suppliers and launches a small producer charter to support and provide opportunities to champion local suppliers.
The brewery will supply its Moonrise ale and, Sunshine – an award winning ale which was the first recipe created by Pam Honeyman.
Russ Honeyman, said: “This is very exciting news, we are delighted to be working with the Co-op.
Moonrise and Sunshine are our ‘flag ship’ ales and to reach more Welsh communities is a great opportunity, building awareness of our brand and opening up new markets for our business.
“This development has come at the right time for Monty’s and can play a part in moving our business to the next stage, especially as people frequently ask us ‘where they can buy our beers’. We pride ourselves on taste and quality and we know that this is an approach shared by the Co-op.”
Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Wales, said: “It’s exciting to collaborate with breweries such as Monty’s. The quality, passion and innovation of small producers makes these prized local products and we are delighted to give them pride of place in our stores. We know that the provenance of food and drink really matters to our customers, we are committed to investing in the Welsh economy and providing new opportunities to showcase and celebrate Wales’ fantastic local food and drink producers.”
Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said “It is good to see the Co-op listing more Welsh products and engaging more local suppliers in their stores ahead of Christmas. We promote our first class food and drink widely both at home and abroad. This achievement, as a result of our trade development business lounge at the Royal Welsh Show, supports our aim as a Government to grow the industry and shows we have companies of all sizes that produce innovative and high quality products.”
December 2016 Update
Monty’s Brewery finalists for Champion Beer of Britain 2016
Wales was represented in the competition with Monty’s Brewery finalists for Champion Beer of Britain 2016 competition.
The Campaign For Real Ale award of Champion Bottled Beer of Britain is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards available to British Brewers. To make it as a finalist each beer goes through a careful, almost year long process of tastings and expert examinations. Monty’s Brewery is proud to be one of the fifteen finalists in 2016 with their 3.6% golden honey ale called Monty’s Hilltop, and the only Welsh brewery represented.
Monty’s is an award winning brewery based near Montgomery, Powys, in the heart of Mid-Wales. Founded in 2009 by Pam and Russ Honeyman, the brewery has gained National and International awards and a reputation for brewing great beers.
When the news broke that Monty’s Hilltop was a finalist for CAMRA’s 2016’s Champion Bottled Beer of Britain, the team at the brewery were over the moon. Hilltop was first recognised on the BBC show Countryfile back in 2015 which was the start of its national recognition.
Monty’s Hilltop is produced with the addition of Hilltop Honey, another success story for Powys. Hilltop was founded in 2011 by Scott Davies who now sells his raw honey to deli’s, shops and supermarkets across Britain as well as to Monty’s Brewery!
Head Brewster, Pam Honeyman said, “The addition of honey to our beer isn’t intended to make the beer sweet but rather to give the beer a smooth edge with a subtle honey flavour on the finish.”
For more information on where you can try Monty’s Hilltop – finalist CAMRA Champion Bottled Beer of Britain 2016 visit the brewery visitor centre at The Cottage, Montgomery; the brewery website www.montysbrewery.co.uk or call 01686 668933.
March 2016 Update 2
Monty’s is always a welcoming company and St David’s Day was no exception Barman Huw Jenkins, wore a leek and offered free Welsh cakes with a pint, to customers at The Cottage, the home of Monty’s Brewery and Visitor Centre, in Montgomery, Mid Wales to celebrate St David’s Day and the start of the spring tourist season.
March 2016 Update
Monty’s Brewery Selling Welsh Stout to the Irish!
Welsh company Monty’s Brewery visited Ireland selling quality stout from Wales to Ireland on Saint David’s Day.
Delyth Humphreys, 21, from Abermule, in Mid Wales, who is Monty’s Brewery sales representative, made the journey as her first-ever trip to the ‘Emerald Isle’ to attend the Food and Drink Trade Development Visit in Dublin from Monday, February 29th to Wednesday, March 2nd – including St David’s Day on Tuesday, March 1st.
Monty’s has firmly established itself as Mid Wales’ premier brewery. It is based in the historic castle hill-topped town of Montgomery – a popular “foodies destination” – near Welshpool, in Mid Wales, alongside Offa’s Dyke, with more than 16 regular, seasonal and specials brews and two local pubs, as well as their new Visitor Centre and special theme nights.
Del said: “We are sure that the Irish buyers liked our Welsh stout, Midnight, which is lighter than some stouts and has a great flavour.”
“We attended a Trade Development Show, in association with the Welsh Government and the British Embassy, being held in Dublin, Ireland on Monday, February 29th.”
“It is a Leap Year, so I thought I might find someone to propose to while I’m there,” joked Del.
“It was my first visit to Ireland and I enjoyed promoting our range of Monty’s Ales, especially Masquerade, because it is gluten-free and there is a big gluten-free market out there.”
“We took plenty of samples of our ales to try, especially cases of Sunshine, my personal favourite, Masquerade and of course, our stout, Midnight.”
“I met the buyers from Ireland on Tuesday and Wednesday at the show and it was great to be selling our quality Welsh products in Ireland on St David’s Day!”
Russ Honeyman, owner of Monty’s Brewery, who is responsible for exports and logistics, said: “Along with other food and drink companies of Wales, we took our produce which includes four of our beers to Dublin.”
“We were promoting our Welsh stout, Midnight, to the Irish! But you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy stout or to brew it. There are great Celtic ties between Ireland and Wales and we are hoping that this trade mission was a great opportunity to add to our brand’s exports.”
“We also took our gluten-free beer Masquerade. There is a growing market in Ireland, as there is in the rest of Europe, for gluten-free products. So many people are deciding to go on a gluten-free diet now because they are finding out that an intolerance, through their auto-immune response, can cause an awful lot of health issues. We will be increasing our range of certified gluten-free beers to accommodate this interest.”
“And we are pleased to have been shortlisted for the FreeFrom Food Awards for the second year running.”
“We also provided tastings of our ever-popular golden ale, Sunshine and our new Imperial India Pale Ale, Eastbound – a cracking beer at 7.3% alcohol content.
Monty’s will also be launching a whole new and exciting ale, with a special link to Welsh and English hearts and heritage very shortly, so watch this space.
Welsh Pale Ale From Monty’s
Pure pale Welsh beers date back to mid-nineteenth century as documented in a ‘Cyclopaedia of Six Thousand Practical Receipts’. The Beer Academy and The Association of Welsh Independent Breweries have for the first time included this style in the National beer competition ‘The Celt Beers Academy Festival’ in Caerphilly, 17th and 18th August 2012.
One of the breweries hoping to make its mark is Monty’s Brewery of Montgomery, Powys. This young brewery is now firmly on the map and is receiving orders for beer from all over the UK. Enquiries for visits and tastings at their pub, the ‘Sportsman’ in Newtown, are at an all time high, as are orders for home delivery of bottled beers. Run by one of a handful of female brewers, Pam Honeyman, they produce a range of award winning beers, which are available in cask, bottle or bag-in-box.
The Welsh Pale ale is a lower gravity beer or session ale and were a large feature of industrial consumers, as a means to quench thirst at the end of a hard-day’s work. The Welsh palate still very much has a preference for a sweeter body. It is defined as aromatic, balanced pale ale, it is a beer style is characteristic of that which has been historically, and is still, enjoyed by the Welsh drinker. It is distinctive through its low gravity and sole use of pale malt with British-style aromatic hops.
Regional Champion Beer Monty’s Midnight heads to SIBA National Beer Festival
Monty’s Midnight heads to SIBA National Beer Festival, 9th – 12th February 2012, as regional champion in the Porters, Strong Ales and Stouts category. Competing against 6 other beers for national award, Pam Honeyman of Monty’s Brewery says “We are extremely thrilled to be in the top 7!” The festival celebrates the winners of various competitions from around the UK over the last 12 months and over 56 gold award winning beers, including Monty’s Midnight will be represented at the festival.
The festival is being held at the Canalhouse, Nottingham and is billed as “56 gold award winning beers, all on handpull, all on one bar… the best of the best is back… and it’s got bigger and better!!” The festival, whilst celebrating the best beers of the year, also includes The National Beer Competition 2012, this will be held on Thursday 9th February 2012 at 1pm. The awards will be announced at the SIBA Conference in March.