Head brewer and beer sommelier Tom Newmanto introduce a beer from The Celt Imperial Ogham range and a brand new Celt core beer. A range of other Celt products will be available for sampling during the evening plus chatter about beer science, extreme recipes and food ties.
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Tom came from a home-brewing background from an age that was a bit naughty and gave up his day job 10 years ago to take brewing seriously… well, as serious as Tom gets anyway. Starting with the Newman’s brand from his dad’s garage, Tom learnt quickly by trial and error and had some good fortune along the way, like buying up the majority of the sadly defunct Smile’s kit in Bristol and soon after returned to his roots by registering the Celt Experience name and opening the existing brewery in Caerphilly.
Deciding to focus on the Celt brand, and letting Newman’s go quietly into the night, he launch Celt Golden Age, Bronze and Bleddyn – originally all organic. But, in the ever expanding craft beer landscape, Newman found himself hampered by this stricture and decided to start experimenting with all kinds of malts and hops in 2011, dropping the organic mantra, and the brewery has gone from strength-to-strength ever since, leading to to their incredible achievement at this years SIBA Wales & West event!
In 2012 Tom developed the on-going Shapeshifter series of collaboration brews, with such names as Boxing Cat Brewery from Shanghai, Brasserie St Germain from France Tap East from London and beer writer & sommALEier Melissa Cole to create exciting and innovative American, Belgian and German beers with a twist. Not content with that area of innovation, in 2013, it was time for the Celt Ogham series to be added to the successful core range; the high ABV beers, varying between 8.5% and 10.5% were an instant success.
For 2014, Celt are in the process of building a ‘surreal’ bowling centre called ‘Craft Bowl’ in the middle of their brewery and a Sour brewery called ‘CellRebirth’ next door! CellRebirth is a leftfield project developed between tom, Melissa Cole and Chris Giles. It basically is an outdoor Welsh lab for developing different indigenous Welsh microorganisms to create exciting flavours and styles. The brewers and guests use age-old international beer styles with a new twist.
Put simply, The Celt Experience is an open adventure into the world of beer drinking and pagan free living… Join us why don’t you? It’ll be a tasty ride.
“For me breweries like The Celt Experience sum up the way the craft brewing movement is, and should be, heading. Innovation through dedication to quality and growing attention for what it brews, not what it shouts” – Melissa Cole