A BREWERY is celebrating the life of poet Dylan Thomas and the 60th anniversary of his famous visit to Llangollen – by unveiling a new beer named after him.
Dylan’s Ale will be launched at the Hamper Llangollen food festival this weekend.
The launch of the beer by Llangollen Brewery coincides with the anniversary of the radio broadcast made by Dylan about the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod for the BBC Home Service in 1953.
The brewery was set up five years ago by the landlord Steven Evans and his nephew, Ynyr Evans, the head brewer.
They currently make 800 gallons a week and are planning to quadruple capacity and take on another three members of staff, taking the total workforce to seven.
Ynyr said: “I’m very excited about the way things are going.
“We’ve been doubling production every year. We’re looking at the possibility moving to other premises so we can have a bigger brewery to cope with the demand.
“I'm hoping that Dylan's Ale will be another winner for us."
During the 10 minute broadcast Dylan described the town’s iconic features as the “greybeard bridge” and the big eisteddfod tent “an airship crewed full of choirs”.
Dylan Thomas was accompanied on the trip to Llangollen by the late Aneurin Talfan Davies, the then BBC head of programmes Wales.
He recalled: “The week was spent in apparently aimless meanderings through the streets of the town, occasional half hours in the Eisteddfod marquee and many hours standing at the bars of the far from few pubs of the town.”
Next year it’ll be a 100 years since the wordsmith was born.
Ynyr Evans felt the new beer was the perfect way of honouring Thomas's memory.
He said: "As well as being a magician with words, Dylan Thomas was also famous for liking his pint. He spent a lot of his time in the pubs when he was here for the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
“I hope he would approve of Dylan's Ale and that it would have been to his taste.”
Terry Towns, chairman of the Dylan Thomas Society of Great Britain, said it was a fitting tribute despite Dylan’s struggle with alcohol.
“He loved the pub and not just the drink,” he said.
“When another brewery named a beer after Dylan, they invited his son, Llewelyn to the launch, who did not associate himself with Dylan much but Llewelyn stood up and said ‘my father loved pubs and my father loved beer, it’s great that you’ve named a beer after him’ and he had a drink.”
For more information about Hamper Llangollen 2013 visit the website www.llangollenfoodfestival.com