It's a g'day for Tomos Watkin as award-winning ales head Down Under

People who are based in Sydney, Australia, are about to be able to taste the Welsh beer, Tomos Watkin, for the first time in the country, as the ales are heading on a shipment to the other side of the world.

These beverages are produced by The Hurns Brewing Company, who are based in Swansea, and since making it available in Australia, several distributors have taken up the opportunity to sell the beer in their country.The company were recently given an important recognition in Wales for the quality of their drink, and in recent years it has seen a great deal of success when it comes to exports. It is widely expected that this expansion to Australia, is going to be one of the latest successes in a range of expansions by the company. “We are delighted Tomos Watkin ales are going to be available in Australia, a country which is renowned for its love of good beer,” says Connie Parry, Hurns’ Chief Executive Officer.

“Exporting has become an important part of our business, and we are currently handling enquiries from Chile, and next month I will be travelling to Shanghai for one of the biggest food and drink trade events in China to explore market opportunities in the region.”

Available across the UK in supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Co-op, as well as independent retailers, pubs, hotels and restaurants, the Tomos Watkin range comprises of beers, lager and cider, both bottled and cask.

Heading for Australia are seven beers – Cwrw Haf, Cwrw Gaeaf, Cwrw Braf, Old Style Bitter, Cwrw Idris, Premier Ale, and the latest addition Blodwen’s Beer. Two ciders – Taffy Apples Cider and Pear Cider – and also Magic Lagyr, which was named Best Lager by Tesco, join them.

Says Connie, “It is a very exciting time for us, last month we won a Great Taste Award and only last week we were honoured at the Insider Made in Wales Awards, and we are also finalists in this year’s Wales the True Taste Food & Drink Awards.

“These awards and our export achievements are very much the result of the hard work and dedication by everyone in the company, and we are all very proud indeed.”

The family owned company is run by Connie and her brother Phil Parry, whose grandfather Idris Parry founded the business in the 19th century producing ginger beer, mineral water and fruit cordials.

Now employing 69 people and with an annual turn over of circa £10 million, the beers are traditionally hand brewed by the company’s highly skilled brewers at its 22,000sq ft. purpose built brewery in Swansea.

The company has received numerous awards and plaudits for its brewing, and also exporting skills, among them Wales the True Taste Food & Drink Awards, CAMRA, Great Taste Awards, and were named World Beer Champions in Chicago.