Bluestone Brewing is a family run brewery tucked away in rural North Pembrokeshire, Wales. Established in 2013 by Father and Daughter team – Simon & Amy. In our first four years the Brewery has gone from strength to strength and it’s amazing to watch our dream become a reality. We now boast 4 great taste stars across our range and have won awards at the Society of Independent Brewers Beer festivals.
We have a range of 12 different beers, which alternate between seasons. We supply pubs, restaurants and shops all over Wales and wholesale across the rest of the UK. We have our own music venue on the farm where we run fantastic live music nights throughout the summer.
The water we use for brewing our Rock Solid Ales is unique to Bluestone. Our water filters down from the core of the Preseli Mountains and collects in a well on our land at the foot of the hills. This spring water is so natural and crystal clear that it goes straight from the well into our beers, with no filtering or chemicals added. Beer is 98% water, so we believe that the distinctive quality of Bluestone water gives our beer a unique, pure and solid taste that you won’t find anywhere else! We pride ourselves on being an eco-friendly business – we have solar panels, a reed bed filtration system and heat exchange system in place. And any waste hops and grain get fed to the cattle on the farm.
Tel: 01239 820 833
February 2019 Update
Wales gets the world’s first Green Key awarded brewery visitor centre.
The Green Key programme achieves a world first as the Bluestone Brewing Company Visitor Centre gains accreditation.
The Bluestone Brewing Company have been recognised for their sustainability efforts, and their visitor centre has become the first in the world to achieve the Green Key award in the attractions category. They are a micro-brewery based at Tyriet Farm, just outside of Newport in Pembrokeshire in Wales. The brewery and visitor centre were built in renovated farm buildings that are over 300 years old. They are a family run business and pride themselves on being eco-friendly.
Bluestone Brewing company said:
Being green has always been a huge part of Bluestone Brewing Company, so the Green Key accreditation seemed like the perfect thing for us to apply for. To be recognised as the first Green Key Brewery Visitor Centre in the world is just amazing. Hopefully, people will see what we are doing and be inspired to try to make their own businesses as green as possible. Going through the Green Key process has helped to highlight areas where we could improve, but it has also made us feel very proud of what we have already achieved to date.
Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy (the organisation managing Green Key in Wales) said:
We’d like to congratulate the Bluestone Brewing Company on their success in becoming the world’s first brewery visitor centre to achieve Green Key accreditation. We’ve seen mounting concern about the damage that’s being caused to our natural environment, so it’s important to recognise and celebrate Welsh businesses that are taking the lead globally on sustainability.
The brewery is unique in the sense that its uses its own water supply, where the water filters down through the surrounding Preseli Mountains and collects in a home built well. The environment agency regularly test the water and it has been found to be perfect for use without any filtration or purification. All waste water production from the brewery is gravity piped to a reed bed filtration system before it is returned to a local trout stream. The brewery also has solar panels fitted on top of the brewery building, allowing them to use a sustainable source of energy for the visitor centre and shop. In 2017, they also constructed a grass roof for the stage area, where they have planted shrubs and designed their own self-watering system.
The Green Key awarded brewery has recently converted an old and tumbling down traditional stone building into a building suitable for a bottling plant. The bottling plant will cut transport costs and a round trip of some 345 miles per bottling run, significantly reducing their carbon footprint. the office they only used recycled paper in the printers and all light bulbs are energy saving. Any waste cardboard is given to the local gardening club to use in the garden. The aim of the establishment is to have zero waste going to landfill by the end of 2019.
November 2018 Update
The community that surrounds Bluestone Brewing Company in Newport, Pembrokeshire, have recently turned their hand to brewing and created a one off green hop beer using hops grown in their own gardens.
The brewery, based at Tyriet Farm in Cilgwyn, is regularly used as a meeting place for the local Gardening Club, where the members swap seeds, plants and advice for their gardens. Last year, the Brewery decided to try its hand at a one off Organic Green Hop Beer. The principle was to produce a once yearly green hop beer with the help of the local community.
Bluestone Brewing Company purchased the plants for the gardening club members. One singly variety was chosen, Cascade; a hop known for its citrus and grapefruit type flavours. Members were then asked to collect their hops and take them home to grow.
Now, two years down the line, the community has harvested their hops and brewed their first ever community hop beer. With this green hop beer, it’s necessary to brew within 24 hours of harvest as the hops, once picked, go off quickly. One local gardener, David Sears, was on hand to help the brewer get all the hops into the mash tun as there were a lot of hops to get through.
Simon Turner, owner of Bluestone Brewing Co, said, “We were amazed at how many hops we had for the brew, you never really know whether a project like this will work, but everybody did such a good job and managed to grow so many more hops than we had expected. The beer tastes great and it’s been good fun making it too.”
The community hop growers helped to come up with the name and artwork for the bottle label and the brewers created the recipe. The chosen name was “Outcrop”, this name will then stick with this beer for any future brews – a lasting community legacy.
Each gardener that contributed has received their very own box of Green Hop Beer! The rest of the beer is now available to buy direct from the Brewery or through their online shop.
December 2017 Update
Bluestone Brewing received some amazing news back in July.Through the Big Lottery Fund they have been awarded a grant to install their very own bottling plant. As part of the Coastal Communities fund, issued by the Welsh Government, the grant will allow them to completely transform the way that our Brewery currently works.
“The new bottling line, which we hope to have installed and raring to go by Spring 2018, will allow Bluestone Brewing Company to bottle everything on site. Saving money, mileage and time as we will no longer rely on another Brewery to do our bottling for us. The plant will be capable of bottling up to 1,000 bottles an hour, quite impressive!
At the moment, when we bottle on site, we are unable to brew and bottle at the same time as the bottling takes up so much space, staff & time. This new plant means that our Brewery will now be completely free every day to brew as much beer possible – which can only be good news?!
This is a massive step forward for all of us at Bluestone Brewing Company, and as our 4th birthday approaches in October it’s great to see the Brewery go from strength to strength.”