The Isle of Man is rapidly becoming a place known for its range of local beers and ciders. Events such as the IOM Food and Drink festival and the IOM CAMRA Beer & Cider festival are helping bring local products and producers to the fore and to a wider audience of both locals and visitors.
One such producer is the Okells Brewery. Started by Dr William Okell in Douglas in 1850, who convinced Tynwald to pass the Manx Brewing Purity Law in 1874, the current head brewer is Dr Mike Cowbourne who maintains the goal of producing the perfect pint from only 4 ingredients; water, yeast, hops, and malt.
Okells currently offer a wide range of permanent beers which are available in cask, bottled and kegs around the pubs on the Island. In addition they also offer a range of seasonal beers which you may be lucky enough to try if you time your visit right.
If you want to know more about the process Okells use, they also offer tours of the brewery. These happen on Thursday evenings, take about 30-45 minutes, and finish in the brewery bar.
Further information can be found on the Okells Brewery website.