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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 September, 2004, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Brewery aims to create 40 jobs
The Evan-Evans brewery in Llandeilo
The brewery hopes to create 10 new jobs over the next six months
A new brewery specialising in real ale has been opened in Llandeilo by a member of one of Wales' oldest brewing families.

The Evan-Evans brewery aims to produce one million pints of ale a year and create up to 40 jobs.

Simon Buckley, who is behind the venture, plans a visitor centre and pub for the two-acre site next year.

Brewing trials began in July and the company will be rolling out three brands over the next month.

We hope that the beer lovers of Wales will at last have a brand they can identify as a generic Welsh brand of beer from west Wales
Simon Buckley

The cask conditioned beer - Cwrw go iawn Cymru - is named after the mediaeval warrior-poet Lewis Glyn Cothi who lived at nearby Brechfa

Mr Buckley said: "This is a real Welsh brand, designed to give the Welsh drinking public a genuine Welsh brewed beer.

"One of the first recorded mentions of the term Cwrw - Welsh for beer or ale - was in the work of the Fifteenth Century bard, Lewis Glyn Cothi.

"This renowned poet and philosopher praised the hops of Herefordshire, then part of Wales, which are now used to brew Evan-Evans.

Pub-goers in Llandeilo enjoying a pint of the latest brew
A visitor centre and pub are planned for the two-acre site next year

"Cwrw is an everyday part of the Welsh language and we hope that the beer lovers of Wales will at last have a brand they can identify as a generic Welsh brand of beer from west Wales."

He said the brewery would create 10 new jobs over the next six months and a further 30 when the visitor centre and pub open next year.

The new brewing plant had to be shipped from Canada, where manufacturers specialise in supplying smaller breweries.

The plant was purpose-built in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Mr Buckley's family started brewing in Llanelli in 1767.

The brewery is named after his ancestor William Evan-Evans, a west Wales brewer who married into the Buckley family in the mid 1800's.

The company will be holding a brewery open day on Saturday when members of the public will be able to look around the new brewery, and taste free of charge, the new beers.


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