Set up by a husband and wife team, with a shared love of good real ales and the landscape of Southern Snowdonia. Cader Ales was set up in Dolgellau in the summer of 2012 using equipment purchased from an expanding microbrewery on the Llŷn Peninsular. After a one-off trial brew we set about developing and testing what have become our two signature ales, Idris Bitter and Cader Gold which received excellent reviews from local beer drinkers. Red Bandit, a stronger ruby ale, was added to our range for Christmas 2012.
Cader Gold (3.8% ABV)
A light hoppy golden ale using Mount Hood hops for a subtle aroma of honey, lemon and tarragon.
Dolgellau was the centre of a gold rush in the 19th century. At one time the local gold mines employed over 500 workers and they traditionally supply the gold for the royal weddings.
Idris Bitter (4.1% ABV)
A traditional bitter using a blend of malted barley and Willamette hops to give soft caramel and spicy notes.
Our brewery is at the foot of Cader Idris which translates as “the chair of Idris”. The Idris in question is usually taken to be a giant from Welsh mythology who was said to have used the mountain as an enormous armchair to gaze at the stars.
Red Bandit (5.0% ABV)
A warm ruby ale based on a traditional recipe using Bramling Cross hops to give spicy berry aromas.
The Red Bandits of Mawddwy were a 16th century band of red-haired robbers from the Dinas Mawddwy area near Dolgellau, said to be the most lawless area in Wales at that time. They ambushed travellers as they crossed the pass between Dolgellau and Dinas Mawddwy, still a desolate point on the A470 today.