So, onto part two of our little beer odyssey… Big Hand Brewing, based on the outskirts of Wrexham. A relatively short spin from our first stop of Frodsham Brewery, at a little over 20 miles away.
We can safely say there's lovely cycling to be had around these parts as the majority of the next 10 miles or so was up and down (vertically speaking, not emotionally) some great countryside which joins this part of Cheshire with North Wales.
With the sun putting in a stirling appearance, we made good time - good enough to stop in Tarvin for a bit of ride fuel, before cracking on the last push into Wrexham.
Big Hand Brewing is based on Redwither Business Park, and is family owned and run by uncle and nephew team David Shaw and Andy Benson. In sole charge of the 10bbl set-up in David's absence was Andy, who showed us round the brewery before we set up ready for the interview. Joining him to greet us was James from Axiom - there to guide us to his brewery afterwards (or maybe to hear our questions so he was ready for them when his turn came!) We were treated to samples (between us!) of a few of their fine beers - Epsilon, Zeta, King's Bane and 11 Knights amongst others, before it was down to the task of putting our questions to Andy.
On a side note, Big Hand have recently started opening up the brewery running monthly 'Weekend Wind Down' events where several of their beers are on tap - check their Facebook page for updates as to when these are. Additionally, they are also taking part in the upcoming Wrexham Ale Trail, which looks like a great event - 13 pub stops (one of which is the brewery), and all by bus!
Time to hand over to Andy to tell you more about the brewery. For those less interested in footage of us trundling around the countryside, the interview starts at 2.00.
GPX file - which covers the route to Frodsham through to Wrexham is available here.
Soundtrack - Anitek 'The 3rd' www.soundcloud.com/anitek
Next up - Axiom Brewing, Wrexham