Hafod Breweries launches Daniel Owen beer

What a great match local produce and local culture.

Mold microbrewery, Hafod Brewing Company, is launching a tasty new bottled beer and naming it Daniel Owen to celebrate the famous Victorian author who lived and worked in Mold. The beer will be on sale at Mold Alehouse, The Olive Tree Delicatessen, Bargain Booze, the Oak at Hendre, the Shop at Cilcain and Edenshine Restaurant at Afonwen.

Hafod and the Daniel Owen Festival team brewed up the idea of linking the traditional values of local produce and culture to present a new interpretation of Daniel Owen to a wider audience. Andrea Mearns from the Festival team said, “It has been a pleasure working with Martin Godfrey from Hafod on this new beer. We appreciate the ‘slow’ philosophy of being a Cittaslow town, which prizes the positive – enhancing quality of life and conviviality and seeking to recognise and promote what’s valuable to Mold’s identity whether that’s traditional or innovative.”

Daniel Owen was a leading figure in Mold, not just as the foremost Welsh novelist of the nineteenth century – he was also a local business man with a tailor’s shop; a religious man who preached at Bethesda Chapel in Mold; a member of Mold Urban District Council and deeply involved with the well being of people in the Town.

He also appreciated real ale and visited the Mostyn Arms, which used to stand in Milford Street. It is said that he had his ale delivered from the old Drovers Arms on Denbigh Road across the road, to his home in a jug. The old pub stood on the site of the present Drovers Arms.

The lively Daniel Owen Festival runs from the 15 to 22 October and has many events in and around Mold celebrating the life of the author, including a bilingual open mic evening in Daniel Owen’s ‘local’, the Drover’s Arms. Enjoy and contribute to the fun. Learn about the ‘Taith yr Iaith’ project and lots more.

For details of the Festival pick up a programme from Mold Library or visit www.danielowenfestival.com