Mumbles couple join ever growing list of micro brewers
A MUMBLES couple has joined a growing tide of those opening their own mini breweries.
And the move, by Richard and Jo Bennett, is opportune as they have fairly recently reopened the Pilot Inn overlooking Swansea Bay, which had been closed until they took it over just before Christmas.
The pair are not alone in their new business idea with the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) reporting, in its Good Beer Guide 2014, that a total of 187 new breweries, 11 in Wales, started up in the UK in the last 12 months.
Of his new business venture Mr Bennett, who said he sells around 1,500 pints of beer a month in Mumbles, said: “My wife was a pharmacist and my background was in industry.
“I was semiretired and looking for something to do and started making my own beer.
“We have three beers at the moment - Mumbles Gold is one of our best sellers, there is also Mumbles Mile and Life Saver - but we are about to launch a new one next week called lug juice because its a similar colour to the lug worms found on the beach.”
The brewery fits in nicely with the couple’s pub, of which Mr Bennett added: “My wife had always wanted to run a pub so it was the perfect fit. The response has been beyond our wildest dreams, we offer great beer and a place for customers to come and meet each other and talk there is no loud music blasting away in the background.”