AN award winning Welsh brewed beer is now being used in a chutney in a partnership two firms say showcases the best of Welsh food and drink.

Food company Bwydydd Madryn and the Purple Moose Brewery have joined forces to launch the chutney.

The relish from Madryn’s Calon Lȃn range has been infused with the deep malty and blackcurrant flavour of Purple Moose’s multi-award winning Dark Side of the Moose beer.

Madryn earlier this year opened a new warehouse in Pwllheli to cater for their growing order book while the Purple Moose Brewery employs 40 people at the brewery and a pub and two shops in Porthmadog and a newly-opened store in Betws-y-Coed.

Geraint Hughes, managing director of Bwydydd Madryn, said: "We wanted to create something a bit different with our savoury chutneys and wanted to link up with another Welsh brand so we approached Purple Moose.

“Chutneys have been making something of a comeback in recent years and the demand for them has been growing significantly.

“Working with another Welsh brand in this way works on so many different levels and Purple Moose beer is a personal favourite of mine too.

“On top of that, the quirky branding is brilliant and adds something a bit out of left field to the Calon Lȃn brand. It’s jived things up a bit."

The main ingredients of the chutney are Dark Side of the Moose beer, mangos and apples.

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Purple Moose managing director Lawrence Washington said the Dark Side of the Moose beer, a nod to the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon, is his personal favourite.

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He said: "It’s brilliant to be able to collaborate with Madryn because it improves the offering of the fantastic food and drink producers we have in north Wales.

“It showcases us and hopefully it helps Madryn as well, providing another route to market for our products.

“It’s mutually beneficial and we sell the chutney in our shops as well.

“The style of Dark Side of the Moose is a dark bitter which doesn’t really fit into the other beer styles of the UK – it’s not quite a porter and not quite a stout.

“It’s still one of my favourite beers and it’s won by far the most awards of any of our ales."

Dark Side of the Moose has won the Golden Fork at the Great Taste Awards as the best of all the food and drink products in Wales as well as the award for the best name at CAMRA’s Cambridge beer festival.

Bwydydd Madryn also operates its blasus.cymru website so it can sell direct to customers as well as through supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants across Wales.

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