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Skewbald by Wild Horse Brewing Company

Red Rye Ale, 6%

Skewbald is suitably named after a colour pattern of horses. We asked Dave at Wild Horse Brewing Co to tell us a bit more about it... "The first full-scale batch was part of a one-off range (for the 10 Barrel Series) but it made a return as our Autumn/Winter Seasonal. It’s a bold Red IPA brewed with Rye. It gets 10kg of Mosaic at the end of the boil followed by 5kg of Amarillo as a dry hop addition. It’s got lots going on – tropical fruit and citrus from the hops, caramel from the malts with subtle spiciness from the rye"

The live tasting of this beer was on 7th March 2019 #BeerBods

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The Story

In 2011, Dave Faragher brewed his first batch of beer on the balcony of a 24th floor apartment in downtown Calgary. He used a homebrew IPA kit his brother had bought him for his 30th Birthday. “It was particularly challenging when the wind blew and the temperature dropped to -30C” laughs Dave.

By 2014 he had picked up three golds and one bronze medal at a national Canadian homebrew competition. He had found his calling. The only thing was, home was calling too.

On returning to the UK, Dave spent 3 months studying at Brewlab in Sunderland, to learn all about commercial brewing, and armed with a Diploma in British Brewing Technology, he and his wife Emma headed to Llandudno in North Wales, where they had both grown up, to set up Wild Horse Brewing in 2015.


They started with a teeny weeny one barrel kit (allowing them to produce about 500 bottles at a time) but after cobbling together a quarter of a million pounds from their life savings, local investors and Welsh government grants, they expanded to a 10-barrel kit and grew their small, close knit team. Dave’s wife Emma looks after the numbers whilst juggling another job. Chris Holyfield looks after sales, whilst Chris Wilkinson and Ryan Hazeldine work with Dave on the brewing side.

It has been a busy 12 months for the Wild Horse team, as Dave explained when we caught up with him earlier this week; “We started the year by creating new 600 square foot refrigerated 3⁰C cold room in February to keep our beer and hops super fresh. In August we refreshed our branding and launched a brand new core beer called Nokota (a Session IPA).  We finished the year by expanding to double our fermentation capacity.


Oh, and in case you were wondering about the name. Wild Horse HQ is only a few miles from Conwy mountain and the neighbouring Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia. This area is home to what is believed to be the only truly wild population of horses in the UK. These horses have been roaming the local hills for centuries. King Henry VIII even ordered the feral native ponies to be destroyed, because they could not carry a knight in full armour, but thanks to their hardiness and the endeavours of generations of local hill farmers, the population has survived to this day. You get the impression that the brewery created in their name will become just as permanent a fixture in these parts.

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