Wrexham Lager is set to return to the taps of the town’s pubs once more as a family venture to bring it back comes to fruition.
The popular lager stopped brewing in Wrexham back in 2000 and by 2003 the iconic brewery buildings had been demolished signalling the end of an era.
Now the Roberts family from Wrexham, consisting of brothers Vaughan, John, Mark, and sister Janet Gaffey, along with former chief brewer Ian Dale are bringing Wrexham Lager back to the town with the first keg set to hit the pubs in August.
In an interview with Wrexham.com Vaughan Roberts explained how the lager’s return came about, he said:
“It started off with a chance meeting between Ian Dale, former head brewer of Wrexham Lager, and my brother Mark in the Buck House in Bangor-on-Dee.”
“They were chatting about how it used to be and what a great loss it was the the town when the brewery closed down.”
“Mark came back to me and his other brothers and we started looking into bringing it back.”
“It’s been over two years in the making and involved a lot of research.”
The family who run F Jones wholesale distributors on Wrexham Industrial Estate have now had specially made brewing equipment brought in from Germany, to be installed in an industrial unit on St George’s Crescent, next to the Beast Market.
Vaughan said that they would be selling the beer in kegs to start off with, not cans and bottles, and targeting any bars and pubs interested in stocking the famous label.
He said that they were hoping to restore the lager to its former glory by returning to the original Wrexham Lager recipe, he explained:
“Those who drank the lager in the 90s will tell you that by the end of its run it wasn’t the same beer.”
“The recipe wasn’t the same and had become run down, and the strength reduced to about 3.3%, but we’ll be bringing back the original recipe and it will be 4%.”
The venture also has the backing of Martyn Jones, former MP, who bought the original name, logo and building for £1 in 2001.
He has promised that once production starts in full, the Roberts family can use the logo once more. Until then they are planning to use a temporary logo which can be seen on the right.
The brand was known far and wide and the logo was a proudly worn sponsor on Wrexham FC’s kits for the majority of the 90s, sparking the terrace chant “Wrexham Lager, Wrexham Lager, feed me till I want no more.”
The first keg will be be sold to the Buck House, where Wrexham Lager’s revival kick started, and is expected go on sale in August.
“The reaction we’ve had so far has been great, lots of people have said it’s nice to see what was an iconic beer for Wrexham coming back,” Vaughan added.
“We’ve also had lots of interest from bars and pubs.”
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