Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Sunday, 20 December 2015
Looking ahead to the opening Graham Wheatley, Manager of The Dock commented, “The Dock will without doubt be the go to venue within Cardiff Bay. A superb range of food and drink and a stunning new interior are already progressed. Critically, the highly skilled team required to make the guest experience truly exceptional is currently being recruited. I can’t wait to get the doors open and welcome guests to the business next April.”
Saturday, 7 November 2015
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Barry Brewery brews the best beer in Wales!
A brewery based in Cadoxton near Barry has been judged to brew the best beer in Wales at the Champion Beer of Wales Competition, held at the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival, Dumballs Road, Cardiff.
Dark Matter, a 4.4% porter brewed by the Vale of Glamorgan Brewery was judged against beers from across Wales and was found to be the best in a blind tasting by a panel of judges. Over 800 different ales are now brewed in Wales every year and CAMRA, The Campaign For Real Ale, have run a series of competitions throughout the year, with the final occurring in Cardiff today.
According to CAMRA spokesman, Arfur Daley, "Well done to Vale of Glamorgan Brewery, they faced strong competition this year to win this award, the brewery only changed hands earlier this year, with the previous owners staying on as consultants and to ensure consistency of the beers, so it's well done to both the old and new teams at the brewery".
Vale of Glamorgan Brewery Dark Matter is a 4.4% porter, pitch black in colour with a deep-red hue. Rich roast malts and blackcurrants are in the aroma with more blackcurrant and rich fruit in the taste. Bitter aftertaste with Autumn fruits dominating well into the finish.
The Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival opened today and continues until Saturday.
Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival, Open 12-11 Thurday 5th ,11-11 Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November, The Depot, Dumballs Road, Cardiff, CF10 5FE
Admission £5, to include souvenir glass and Festival Programme
4000 thirsty drinkers are expected at the 3 day event
Over 20,000 pints of real ale, cider and perry will be consumed during the Great Welsh
Over 10 pints a minute will be served during the festival
Almost 2500 pints of cider and perry will be available
Over 180 different real ales, ciders, perries will be available at the Great Welsh
Over 140 CAMRA members and brewery staff will be volunteering to work at the festival
The Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival 2013 is the 15th annual festival, the first at the Depot, previous venues have been the Millennium Stadium, Motorpoint Arena and Cardiff City Hall.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Last year the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival was a financial disaster when it was held at the Millennium Stadium with the venue proving to be unpopular with hundreds of CAMRA members and the public who all complained about it. Well that's what happens when a bouncer is allowed to run a beer festival!
Well CAMRA listened to the complaints and decided that by moving to the Depot on Dumballs Road, about 10-15 minutes walk from Cardiff Central station we could address all of the complaints with a Back to Basics beer festival. So with that in mind, CAMRA will have
- Souvenir glasses, no plastic at the Depot!
- Readable signage on the barrels so customers can see what they order!
- An excellent selection of street food, no overpriced poor quality stadium grub here!
- An emphasis on the quality of real ale served, with no barrels being rolled out, tapped and served cloudy just because a brewer wants to sell their beer
- No CAMRA stewards threatening to throw members of the press out when they rightfully complain about poor beer quality
- No beer from the Llandeilo Village Idiot who, according to reports supplied sub-standard beer late to the recent Carmarthen Beer Festival, then removed it as it had not settled!
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Monday, 31 August 2015
The award-winning Waen Brewery of Llanidloes have opened their second pub after the success of their Gravity Station in Cardiff.
The former keg bar the Strand, on, surprisingly the Strand, which runs parallel to Wind Street, has only just opened and offers up to 7 real ales and up to 12 different keg beers as well a wide range of bottled beers to take home or drink onside.
The outside of the pub resembles the usual 1920s redesign of Swansea pubs and this building was originally the site of the Cornish Mount pub way back in the 1870s, before that the river Towy lapped the doorstep of the pub, the river course was deepened and narrowed to allow larger ships access to the copper works upriver.
Expect beers from Waen, Hopcraft etc as well as a real cider.
Entertainment is supplied by a record player!
Monday, 24 August 2015
It's the Swansea Bay Beer & Cider Festival this Thursday to Saturday in the Brangwyn Hall and here is the beer list
Beer List & Tasting Notes
BAR 1 GRAVITY BEERS
BLUE MONKEY, Giltbrook, Notts, England
Ape Ale 5.4% PA
Strong, pale ale with American hops to give aromas of resinous pine and citrus. 3.5lbs of whole hops for each barrel, to guarantee intense flavour and aromas.
Right Turn Clyde 4.3% PA
Made with a mix of Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade, creating a refreshing fruity hit but finishing with a smooth lingering bitterness.
BOROUGH, Neath, Swansea, Wales
Pit Head Porter 5.4% PS
Chocolate nutty porter that is rich and full bodied.
Triple Bleeder 4.3% G
Amber bitter, full bodied with light, hoppy aroma, blended with American and Czech bittering hops.
BRAINS, Cardiff, Wales.
Barry Island IPA 6.0% PA
Trio of US hops give a pale-coloured ale with citrus aromas. Smooth malt taste up front finished by citrus and berry hop flavours.
Black Mountain 5.0% S
Starts with coffee, liquorice and burnt toffee before big hop flavour then chocolate malts and smoky finish. Amarillo, Pacifica, Citra, Summit and Apollo hops.
Colonel Williams 6.0% PA
Light amber ale brewed with Maris Otter malt and Goldings hops for a dry bitter and refreshing beer.
BRASS CASTLE, Malton, Yorks
Bad Kitty 5.5% PS
Chewy chocolate-vanilla porter.
BRECON BREWING, Brecon, Powys, Wales
Dark Beacons 3.8% M
Traditional Welsh dark with an aroma of toffee and caramel. Full bodied but surprisingly light and refreshing.
Orange Beacons 4.3% S
Flavours of a continental wheat beer with orange zesty aroma and flavour. Brewed with Belgian Saison yeast.
BRISTOL BEER FACTORY, Bristol, England
Independence 4.6% B
US Style pale ale. Very distinctive pale ale that has been hopped continuously throughout the boil.
Milk Stout 4.5% PS
Smooth chocolatey sweetness and balancing coffee bitterness with hints of dark fruits.
BRYNCELYN, Ystradgynlais, Wales
Holly Hop 3.9% G
Pale amber with a refreshing hoppy fruity flavour with balancing bitterness.
Oh Boy! 4.5% B
Hops, fruit, bitterness and background malt. Ends with a long hoppy, bitter aftertaste.
CELT, Caerphilly, Wales.
Bleddyn 5.6% PA
A commanding IPA balancing bitterness, sweetness and a grapefruit finish.
Iron Age 3.5% B
A deep aromatic and fruity beer with hints of passion fruit.
Ogham Oak 8.5% S
Complex flavour with resinous bite, from US hops, spicy esters from Belgian yeast and cinnamon twist from Belgian fruits and spices.
Silures 4.6% PA
Powerfully hopped with sweet malt and a depth of tropical fruit.
BAR 1 HANDPUMP - SWANSEA BEERS
BOSS, Swansea, Wales
Black 5.0% PS
Roasted coffee, warmed dark chocolate aroma, Black treacle, nuts toasted on the fire, toffee, dark chocolate ganache flavours.
Blonde 4.0% PA
Blonde Pale Ale, hoppy, bitter, Cascade hops.
Brave 5.5% PA
Lush tropical fruit cocktail, alluring elderflower and rose aromas. Flavour - zingy grapefruit, zesty citrus, a spicy and piney kick to finish.
GOWER, Oldwalls, Swansea, Wales.
Black Diamond 4.2% PS
Smoky chocolatey liquorice porter.
Gold 4.5% G
Thirst quenching golden ale, refreshing citrus flavours and the lovely aroma
of Cascade hops.
IPA 4.8% PA
Full flavour hoppy IPA.
Lighthouse 4.5% S
A light, thirst-quenching continental style lager packed with flavour.
Power 5.5% SB
Traditional IPA with a full hoppy flavour.
MUMBLES, Mumbles, Swansea, Wales
Gold 4.3% G
Well hopped, with the distinct and bold Styrian Goldings .Lemon & lime flavours linger well.
India Pale Ale 5.3% PA
A traditional India Pale Ale, light gold in colour and made using only Goldings and Fuggles hops, the latter giving a subtle but distinct taste and aroma.
Oystermouth Stout 4.4% PS
A rich creamy head and dark roasted malt flavours, with the slightest hint of the sea due to real oysters being added.
PILOT, Mumbles, Swansea, Wales.
Revolver 4.0% B
Very pale ale loaded with hops. Unfined version with saison yeast may be slightly cloudy.
Wrecker 5.0% SB
After an initial chocolate taste it develops into a surprising, clean refreshing maltiness.
SWANSEA, Bishopston, Swansea, Wales.
Bishopswood Bitter 4.3% B
A delicate aroma, balanced taste, with bitterness growing in the finish.
Deep Slade Dark 4.0% M
Dark bitter, with a roasted barley flavour.
Original Wood 5.2% SB
Full-bodied, with complex flavours with a firm bitter ending.
Three Cliffs Gold 4.7% G
Golden beer, with a hoppy, fruity taste and thirst quenching bitterness.
TOMOS WATKIN, Llansamlet, Swansea, Wales. Cwrw Haf 4.2% PA
A blend of Golding, Fuggle and Cascade hops. Refreshing zesty, citrus taste and a light summer aroma.
Pecker Wrecker 4.5% B
A full-ﬂavoured amber ale produced using the ﬁnest malted barley. A rich fruity beer with a gentle hop ﬁnish.
BAR 2 GRAVITY BEERS
BANK TOP, Bolton, Lancs, England
DARK MILD 4.0% M
Dark brown, with a malt and roast aroma; smooth with malt and hops throughout
CERDDIN, Maesteg, Mid Glamorgan, Wales.
Cascade 4.8% B
A summer beer which is light in colour. Cascade is a carbon friendly beer that is flavoured with Cascade hops.
Ooops 4.5% B
Bitter start, sweet finish.
DANCING DUCK, Derby, Derbyshire, England
Ay Up 4.1% PA
A pale session ale. Subtle malt and floral notes are matched with citrus hop, rounded off with a slightly dry finish.
Dark Drake 4.5% PS
Delicious malty, caramel and liquorice flavours combine in a smooth drinking velvety, oatmeal stout with a freshly roasted coffee and toffee finish.
DARK STAR, Horsham, West Sussex, England
American Pale 4.7% PA
Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops, Maris Otter malt. Light colour and dryness with a crisp taste and full hop aroma.
Hophead 3.8% G
Pale golden ale, strong floral aroma and elderflower notes.
ELLAND, Elland, W Yorks, England
1872 Porter 6.5% PS
Rich, complex and dark Porter from an original 1872 recipe, with an old port nose, and coffee and bitter chocolate flavours on the palate.
EVERARDS, Narborough, Leicestershire, England
Tiger 4.2% B
Chestnut brown in colour; spicy hop aromas with toffee undertones.
FULLERS, Chiswick, London, England
ESB 5.5% SB
Northdown, Target, Challenger & Goldings hops give grassy, peppery notes and intense citrus fruit. Pale Ale and Crystal malts for a biscuity, toffee element.
GREY TREES, Red Cow Pub, Aberdare, Wales
Afghan 5.4% PA
Cascade, Citra and Simcoe hops. Maris Otter malt provides a light colour and dryness to complement the crisp taste and full aroma of the hops.
Diggers Gold 4.0% G
A modern golden ale — alive with fresh citrus aromas which leave a subtle bitterness. Crafted with Marris Otter Pale Malt, with US hops.
HEAVY INDUSTRY, Henllan, Denbighshire, Wales
Brew 77 4.9% PA
Heavily hopped (Columbus, Cascade, dry hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe) Flavour of dark Seville marmalade is backed up by a piney, peppery bitterness.
Diawl Bach 3.8% G
Dry hopped with Amarillo, Cascade and Citra whilst conditioning. Fruity and hoppy.
Pigeon Toed Orange Peel 5.2% S
Orange wheat beer from Bavarian hops.
HOBSONS, Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire, England
Champion Mild 3.2% M
Chocolate, malt, and nutty mild flavour. Maris Otter malting barley, pale chocolate malt and crystal malt with Fuggles and Goldings hops.
HOP CRAFT, Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales
Crema Extrema 5.0% PS
Dry roasty brew with unmistakable hit of coffee. Hot and cold steeping provide complex coffee character.
Sick Body Sick Mind 4.5% PA
An extra-pale combo of US hops gives citrus, fruit, tropical and skunky facets to the beer's character, allied to a bone-dry body and mellow bitterness.
Statement of Intent 5.9% PA
Big hoppy IPA.
Temple of Love 3.8% PA
Fruity, citrusy, punchy hop flavour and beefy bitterness over simple malt base with Munich malt for body and flavour.
KINVER, Kinver, Staffs, England
Maybug 4.8% S
German style, lager beer
KITE, Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales
Jemima’s Pitchfork 4.4% G Refreshing crisp pale golden beer brewed with Citra and Eldorado hops giving undertones of citrus, pear and melon.
WPA 4.1% PA
A blonde ale with fruit and sweet malt, followed by a refreshing dry finish.
BAR 3 GRAVITY BEERS
LIVERPOOL ORGANIC, Liverpool, England
Best Bitter 4.2% B
A hoppy beer with citrus notes.
Shipwreck IPA 6.5% PA
An IPA with intense citrus flavours.
MALVERN HILLS, Malvern, Worcs, England
Priessnitz Plzen 4.3% S
A draft cask-conditioned Pilsner-style lager brewed in the traditional way. It is a well-balanced beer; light in colour, with a resinous aromatic finish.
MARBLE, Manchester, England
Chocolate Marble 5.5% PS
Brewed with an emphasis on chocolate malts; tasting of coffee, cocoa and liquorice with a bitter finish.
Earl Grey IPA 6.0% PA
Addition of Earl Grey flavouring during fermentation and heavy hopping give a citrus fruit aroma. Hop notes are complemented by Bergamot and a light tannic finish.
Ginger Marble 5.1% S
This full-bodied copper coloured beer displays a delicate blend of cloves, coriander and heaps of fiery ginger.
MOORHOUSE’S, Burnley, Lancashire, England.
Blonde Witch 4.5% S
Moorhouse’s first ever blonde ale. This beer is as light as you get with a lager colour (minus the bubbles). Smooth and fruity.
Pendle Witches Brew 5.1% SB
A full malty flavoured beer with a crisp sweet fruity aftertaste and soft citrus notes.
NEATH ALES, Neath, Swansea, Wales
Dewi Sant 4.8% PA
Pale, fruity, easy. Enough hop flavour.
Rattler’s Resolution 4.8% S
OSSETT, Ossett, West Yorkshire, England
Silver King 4.3% S
Dry citrus Lager-style pale beer. A crisp, dry flavour and a fruity, citrus aroma.
OTLEY, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales
O1 4.0% B
Pale straw coloured beer using Brewers Gold and Styrian hops. and5 different hops.
Hop Angeles 4.8% B
An American red ale with nine different American hops. High bitterness, fruity and crisp.
Weissen 5.0% S
Light golden naturally cloudy wheat beer. Crisp, clean but distinctive flavours with citrus hop aromas and balanced bitterness.
PALMERS, Bridport, Dorset, England
200 5.0% SB
A copper-coloured full-bodied rich and malty beer with a distinctive hoppy character.
PEERLESS, Birkenhead, Mersyside, England
Jinja Ninja 4.0% S
Refreshing ginger beer made with fresh root ginger, chilli and lemons.
PURPLE MOOSE, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Wales
Dark Side Of The Moose 4.6% M
A delicious dark ale with a deep malt flavour from roasted barley and a fruity
bitterness from Bramling Cross hops.
Madogs 3.7% B
A crisp, malty, reddish coloured session bitter with a dry bitter finish.
RCH, West Hewish, Somerset, England
Pitchfork 4.3% G
A golden bitter with floral citric hop aroma. It has a hoppy taste which is slightly sweet and fruity.
RINGWOOD, Ringwood, Hants, England
Boondoggle 4.2% PA
A blonde fruity ale with a citrus punch and a well-balanced fruity taste. English Pale Malt and First Gold and Fuggles hops.
Fortyniner 4.9% G
A light fresh hop bouquet. Rounded malt taste with strong hop balance, deep, bittersweet finish. Golden, full bodied malted beer.
BAR 4 GRAVITY BEERS
SALOPIAN, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Lemon Dream 4.5% S
A zesty pale delicate lemony beer, brewed using organic lemons which adds subtle aromas and a citrus filled fruity finish.
Shropshire Gold 3.8% G
A light copper full-flavoured bitter, with a floral aroma and a full hoppy flavour that is balanced by a crisp dry maltiness and a rich finish.
SALTAIRE, Shipley, Yorkshire, England
Blackberry Cascade 4.8% S
American style pale ale with the floral aromas and strong bitterness of Cascade and Centennial hops, infused with a hint of blackberries.
Elderflower Blonde 4.0% S
A refreshing blonde ale delicately infused with the flavour of elderflower.
Raspberry Blonde 4.0% S
Refreshingly blonde ale delicately infused with raspberry flavours.
SARAH HUGHES, Dudley, West Midlands, England
Dark Ruby Mild 6.0% M
Clear fruitiness in the aroma, followed by sweet maltiness and slightly bitter finish.
TENBY, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Barefoot Blonde 4.6% S
A pale ale with 30% pilsner malt.
Black Flag Rum Porter 5.2% PS
Black vanilla, spiced with rum.
THORNBRIDGE, Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Jaipur IPA 5.9% PA
A citrus dominated IPA, soft & smooth builds to a crescendo of hoppiness with honey. An enduring, bitter finish.
THWAITES, Blackburn, Lancs, England
Wainright 4.1% G
A well-balanced and very drinkable golden ale.
TIMOTHY TAYLOR, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
Landlord 4.3% B
A classic strong pale ale with a complex and hoppy aroma.
WAEN BREWERY, Llanidloes, Powys, Wales
Chilli Plum Porter 6.1% PS
A dark velvety smooth porter, with luscious plum flavours and a chilli warmth.
Lemon drizzle 3.7% S
Lemony vanilla flavoured pale ale.
Pamplemousse 4.2% G
Citrus and grapefruit flavours.
Snowball 7.0% PS
Chocolate, vanillas and coconut stout
WYE VALLEY, Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England
Dorothy Goodbody Stout 4.6% PS
Dark full-bodied stout with roasted barley flavours and a dry bitter finish. Coffee notes and plenty of hop flavour.
BAR 4 HANDPUMP BEERS
HARVIESTOUN, Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Schiehallion 4.8% S
Lager with a crisp palate and a lingering, fresh, grapefruity finish.
MIGHTY OAK, Malden, Essex, England
Oscar Wilde 3.7% M
Mellow, nutty, dark mild. Brewed using Maris Otter Pale, Crystal and Black malts and gently hopped with Challenger.
OAKHAM, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
Citra 4.2% PA
A light refreshing beer with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry, bitter finish.
Green Devil IPA 6.0% PA
A hop harvest aroma with tropical fruit. smooth and fruity start, developing into lemon, limes and a citrusy bitterness. Finishes with a crisp dry aftertaste.
Tranquility 6.5% G
A golden beer which blasts off with powerful grapefruit/citrus aromas and flavours, touching down with an intense and satisfying bitter finish.
SADLERS, Stourbridge, West Midlands, England
Hop Bomb 5.0% PA
A powerful India Pale Ale, brewed with American Amarillo and Citra Hops. Fragrant, floral, very hoppy with rounded fruit finish.
ST AUSTELL, St Austell, Cornwall, England
Proper Job 4.5% G
A powerfully hopped golden IPA with citrus grapefruit flavours brewed with a single malt from Maris Otter Pale barley.
TATTON, Knutsford, Cheshire, England
Gold 4.8% G
A full-tasting, satisfying deep golden ale, with a generous maltiness backed up by a robust hop character.
Obscure 5.7% SB
A dark, hoppy, strong ale with a complex malt blend giving an intricate aroma.
VIPA 6.3% SB
Strong pale ale balancing exotic fruit character with modern British hop aroma. British and European malts, and honey, Bramling Cross and UK Cascade hops.
White Queen 4.2% S
Belgian white wheat beer, spiced with coriander, Curacao orange peel and cardamom. Naturally cloudy wheat beer.
TINY REBEL, Newport, Gwent, Wales.
Cwtch 4.6% B
Welsh Red Ale. Citrus and tropical fruit dominate, backed up with caramel malts that balance the moderate bitterness. Six malts, two US hops.
Dirty Stop Out 5.0% PS
A smoked oat stout. Complex, dark, with hints of smokiness and perfume aromas. A blend of nine malts, firmly hopped.
Fubar 4.4% PA
A unique schizophrenic beer where you'll face off against floral hoppy flavours up front, leading into a dry spicy bitterness on the back.
Hadouken 7.4% BW
Amplified IPA. Massively hopped with three American varieties.
Hank 4.0% PA
US style pale ale with tropical and citrus aromas with low to medium bitterness. Floral flavours with slight caramel and biscuit notes.
Urban IPA 5.5% PA
A carefully crafted intercontinental blend of hops helps take traditional IPAs to the next level with Urban IPA.
WYE VALLEY, Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England.
Butty Bach 4.5% G
Golden ale from Maris Otter and Crystal malts, flaked barley, malted wheat, and locally grown Fuggles, Goldings and Bramling Cross hops.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Hic, been celebrating at Zerodegrees in Cardiff for their seven years at their Westgate Street Brewpub. Lots of beer flowing, including an India Pale Lager, a thyme Saison and a Strawberry Berliner Weiss. As well as the Mango beer and a few others. Pizza, cooked in their open kitchen helped soak up the beers!
Zerodegrees in Cardiff was the first craft beer pub to open in the City, nowadays Brewdog Cardiff is just a few yards south of here and heading North one encounters Tiny Rebel Urban Tap House and the City Arms. Added to that the plastic paddy palace that was Kitty Flynn's is now the Cambrian Tap, things are looking good for the beer drinker in the 'Diff,with more of a selection than ever before.
Nearly forgot to me mention the Gravity Station run by Waen Brewery, Craft is King it appears in Cardiff.
Sunday, 3 May 2015
Saturday, 2 May 2015
CAMRA names the UK’s best Ciders and Perries
GOLD (joint) – White Jersey, Orgasmic Cider Company
GOLD (joint) – Janet’s Jungle Juice, West Croft
BRONZE – Medium, Three Cats
GOLD – Two Trees Perry, Gwynt y Ddraig
SILVER – Snowy Owl, Raglan Cider Mill
BRONZE – Perry, Snails Bank
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today announced the winners of its National Cider and Perry Championships.
The joint winners of the Cider Gold medal are White Jersey by Orgasmic and Janet’s Jungle Juice by West Croft. White Jersey was described by judges as being ‘fruity’ and ‘easy drinking’, with ‘a slight sweetness balanced by an excellent tang’, and having ‘balance without too much acidity’. Janet’s Jungle Juice was described as having a ‘mature and woody aroma’ with ‘an initial sweetness and a smooth finish’, and a ‘full mouthfeel with a resinous aroma’.
The winner of the Perry Gold medal is Two Trees Perry by Gwynt y Ddraig (meaning ‘dragon’s breath’ in Welsh) which the judges described as being ‘initially sweet with a refreshing, dry aftertaste’, ‘complex yet well balanced with a poached pear flavour and aroma’ with a ‘slowly developing finish’.
The final round of judging for CAMRA’s National Cider and Perry Championships 2015 took place at the popular Reading Beer and Cider festival today. The competition featured ciders and perries from across the UK, with each cider and perry judged on its individual taste, aroma, flavour, after-taste and overall appeal. The top awards were selected by a specially chosen panel of experienced judges, drinks writers and CAMRA members.
Steve Layton of Orgasmic Cider Company, had this to say on hearing his cider had taken the top spot,
“We’re very proud of this single blend [variety] cider - we grow the apples, we produce the cider, we do everything - so to me this is a great achievement, as it lets me know our cider is enjoyable to drink by everybody on this top judging panel. We're very proud to win and this is a massive achievement.
Andrea Briers, CAMRA National Cider and Perry Committee Chairman, had this to say on the quality and diversity of entries:
“The quality and variety of real cider and perry is increasing year-on-year, making our job as judges increasingly difficult. With a set of truly excellent drinks available this year at the festival, and a competition which was very tight right until the final judging we are confident these ciders and perries can truly be known as the best in Britain.”
Reading CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival serves over 550 beers available, plus 150 ciders and perries (from over 100 producers), plus a selection of foreign beers, English wines and mead.
Over the four days festival around 13,000 attendees will drink over 35,000 pints of beer and 11,000 pints of cider.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
The historic town of Merthyr Tydfil plays host to an ale and cider fair this Saturday in the Redhouse, the former council offices which were recently refurbished and reopened to the public after years of lying derelict. Looking at their website it does seem like this place is trying to establish itself as the Chapter Arts Centre of the Valleys, which , of course, is a welcome development.
Expect beers from Grey Trees, Pipes and Tudor Breweries together with ciders from Brecon Beacons Cidery and Halletts, hopefully without their mouse infection this time!
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
The biggest surprise was the new off-licence, Beer Revolution, based on the cobbled yard of the castle, a bit difficult to find at first but well worth the effort. This shop is packed with beers from the best breweries from Wales and beyond, Waen, Tiny Rebel, Celt Experience, Mad Dog to name just a few. A couple of surprises were two new Welsh breweries Radnorshire Ales from New Radnor and the Lucky 7 Beer Co who are based in Hay-on-Wye,
Local ciders and perries from Gwatkins are also available
A welcome outlet for good and unusual beers in this part of the world!