Friday, 18 November 2016

Brecon pub to improve

A run-down hotel and bar in the centre of Brecon is set to get a new lease of life next year when it reopens as a Wetherspoons pub in February 2017. The George Hotel, once a regular entry in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide shut in January this year and was in such a bad state of repair the refurbishment works will take over a year before the building is once again suitable for use. The hotel was dropped from the Good Beer Guide after the dramatic drop in beer quality when the hotel was purchased by the later disqualified company director and former gay nightclub owner, Simon Buckley.

Some of the reviews from Trip Advisor are worth repeating:

“Not recommended Terrible & rude customer service”
I would not recommend this pub or hotel as the staff are extremely rude and unhelpful and obviously do not need customers.

We had an 8 month old and an 11 month old with us who were excellently behaved throughout, which is more than can be said for the female member of staff there.

Everything seemed very disorganised and lots of people were moaning. I will not be going back there again. If this is the service you get for a meal, I dread to think what it would be like to be a guest at this hotel.

“Dreadful Sunday Lunch - Avoid this place!!!!”
Avoid this place at all costs or you will waste your money and be left disappointed, hungry and annoyed. So much so it has prompted me to deliver this critical but honest review for the benefit of others.

Visited on a Bank holiday. They were short staffed, waited hour and a half for our food which they had forgotten about!! Food very disappointing when it eventually arrived. Will Not be visiting again.

“Wetherspoons with bad service. ”
Service was short, snappy, rude and when the chef came out to tell the staff the wait was now 1hr I was neglected to be told (I merely overheard). My partner ordered a mixed grill and was laughed at in the face with no explanation. 
When another table came to sit near us they closed the kitchen clearly unable to cope with a medium busy Saturday night. 
And most of the food was obviously bought in frozen!

Although there are a few good reviews, it does raise suspicions when they are posted by staff members!

The George Hotel in Brecon scored so low because:
Compliance Food Hygiene and Safety 
Some major non-compliance with statutory obligations
"Repeat issue re fridge. High risk stored"  
Some major non-compliance with stat obligations
"Grease to walls. Cleaning issues" 
Confidence in Management Systems 
Poor track record of compliance, little or no technical knowledge. Little or no appreciation of hazards or quality control. 
"No food safety management".

Not the type of place you'd really want to eat in is it?

Still at least when Wetherspoons opens there the George will improve dramatically.

Elsewhere in Brecon, the Bull's Head pub is still shut and has been since 2010 apart from brief openings during Brecon Jazz Festival. Another pub owned by Simon Buckley, this was once a successful and thriving pub until he turned his reverse Midas touch to the premises and drove the customers away with his barely drinkable beer and attitude of the staff. So that's two former CAMRA Good Beer Guide pubs shut in the market town of Brecon. The Temperance Movement did not even manage that!

Oh and in a recent email from Buckley to the Brew Wales editor, he claims now that he is in communication with the dead! He is clearly bonkers!


Monday, 4 July 2016

Former Newport publican jailed for child abuse images

Continuing the long tradition of Newport publicans who get caught with obscene images, read this about the former landlord of the now defunct Hereford Arms in Maindee, a former manager of the Hornblower, Andrew Bates, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for having hundreds of images of child abuse on his laptop. Full story from the South Wales Argus here
A coincidence is that Bates frequented the Hereford Arms in Maindee.
Bates managed the Hornblower in Commercial Street when his father Ken was the leaseholder. Ken Bates also attracted the interest of the police whilst he was running the 'Blower for his ahem "interest in photography."

"Bates, who wore a blue jumper at his sentencing, had a further 211 category B images and videos and 108 that fell into category C." Blue jumper? Well he always was a scruffy bastard. At least wear a tie when you are up before the judge.

Sentencing him, Judge Daniel Williams said: “Behind the photographs is a real child and a real crime. The suffering of the children could only be greater by them knowing that their abuse has been watched by you for your own sexual gratification.”
Bates was given a 12-month sentence for possessing category A images and videos. He was also handed a further six months, to be served concurrently, for the category B images and movies, and another three months for the category C pictures and videos. That will also be served concurrently.
He is also subject to a sexual harm prevention order, under which he is barred from living with any child unless their parent or guardian has knowledge of his crimes. He will also be included on the sexual offenders' register.
All photos stolen from his Facebook profile, which has now been taken down as Facebook don't allow nonces on there.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Caerphilly Food Festival this Saturday

Yes the blog is back!
This Saturday, the 7th May sees the return of Caerphilly Food Festival, a one-day spectacular in the centre of the town with the main street shut down from opposite Wetherspoons to the Tommy Cooper statue, with market stalls all the way down.
Caerphilly Food Festival is back in town
Back for its fifth year and after the success of last year’s, thousands of people are expected to descend onto the town centre. The Festival will run from 10am-5pm, with a day packed full of fun for the whole family to embark upon. Over 70 stall holders will tempt visitor’s taste buds with samples of their delicious goods, along with a range of unique crafts to admire. This year the event will feature an exciting new demonstration area by Broil King BBQ Theatre, where workshops will be held between 11am and 3:30pm in the Twyn car park. Not forgetting the children, numerous activities will be held throughout the day including, puppet shows, animal displays, craft workshops, along with interactive cooking workshops at Children’s Cookery Corner held hourly between 11am and 3pm. Amongst the demonstrations and workshops, walkabout acts and street shows will be parading the town, entertaining the crowds, as well as RecRock Music who will offer live performances from local singers and groups. Cadw is also kindly offering two for one entry into Caerphilly Castle, during the Festival. The cheapest entrant will go free. This is sure to be a great day out for all ages, make sure you don’t miss out! For more information about the Caerphilly Food Festival, please call the Visit Caerphilly Centre on 029 20 880011 or visit the website .

Beers and ciders from Jacobi, Gwynt and Gwatkin Cider will be there.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Brewdog Jet Black Heart review

Last week I popped into Brewdog Cardiff with Simon Martin to review some beers and their Jet Black Heart Oatmeal Stout was one of the ones we tried

Swansea Brewery goes from Gower to Power!

A Gower ale has won a seat in parliament after being picked as one of two guest beers on rotation in Westminster.     
Gower Brewery’s Brew One ale will be stocked in Strangers’ Bar, a favourite watering hole for Members of Parliament attending political meetings and debates in the capital.
MPs who drink in the bar are encouraged to recommend beers from their constituency, giving political punters a taste of lesser known brews from across the UK.
MP for Gower, Byron Davies, chose Brew One, a honey coloured ale, from award-winning Gower Brewery, based in Crofty Gower.
Mr Davies said: “The quality of the brewery’s beer is exemplified by the taste and high standard contained in Brew One, which goes on sale at the Palace of Westminster this week.
“Gower Brewery is a local business success story. What started as a small behind the pub in Oldwalls, Gower, enterprise, has flourished into a major brewing concern with global reach. It is now expanding with the addition of a bottling plant and employing more local people. I chose the Brew One beer to give the other Members of Parliament a true taste of the Gower. 
One of the brewery’s original ales, Brew One was created four years ago in a small micro-brewery located at the back of the Greyhound Inn in Oldwalls.
Since then, the brewery, established by four friends Matt Joslin, Chris Mabbett, Paul Chiverton and Chris Stevens in 2011, has expanded rapidly, moving to a 15,000 sq ft premises and increasing from five to a 20-barrel capacity.
Owners Chris Mabbett, Chris Stevens and Matt Joslin travelled from Gower - labelled the UK’s first Area of Outstanding National Beauty - to London and poured the first pint.
He said: “It is a bit surreal to pour a pint of your own beer amidst some of the most influential people in the country. When Bryon Davies got in touch to let us know he had chosen Brew One as his favourite beer we were so excited.
“It’s great to receive support from our local community and this is another way of us getting our beers out there.
“We’re already speaking to suppliers over the bridge, in Bristol and Birmingham. We’ve also got some exciting export plans, and are looking overseas to Austria and even as far as China.

“We’re also having positive conversations with major supermarkets. Hopefully 2016 will be the year customers can go into their local shop and buy our bottles from the shelves.”

Under experienced Master Brewer, Dave Campbell, the brewery currently has five year-found ales, including its flagship, Gower Gold, and eight seasonal brews.
Now one of the fastest growing breweries in Wales, Gower Brewery has listings with Majestic Wines and CK Supermarkets in Wales. The brewery also has wholesale distribution through Molson Coors (in Wales) and Carlsberg (UK).
For more information about Gower Brewery, go to

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Cardiff Bay pub gets £1.25M makeover

Some news from SA Brain
Iconic venue to get £1.25M makeover
Terra Nova, the Brains-owned Mermaid Quay pub, has closed ahead of a major four month refurbishment.
After trading for 12 years as Terra Nova, the site closed on Sunday 13th December ahead of a major development program that will see one and a quarter million pounds invested in creating an iconic site.  An extensive period of guest research has informed the development of a modern new venue that is expected to open in late April 2016 and ready for the summer trading period.
Commenting on the development, Bruce Newman, Group Head of Marketing at Brains said, “Terra Nova has been a hugely successful business for Brains over the years, however, our guest research indicated the need for change.  It was very apparent that users of the Bay felt that Terra Nova had become dated and failed to make the most of its stunning waterside location.  We’ve tested a number of different ideas, with guests clamouring for a high quality, premium bar with a strong and unique food offer.  Our plans to meet that need are at an advanced stage and the team are confident that the new business will become a favourite of Bay visitors.”
The transformation will see new glazing to further expose views of Cardiff Bay and flood the internal space with natural light, a stunning new island bar and an internal scheme that will open up the ground and first floor space.  Upon completion, Brains expect to host at least 400 guests for casual dining in addition to those visiting to enjoy a re-launched premium drinks offer.
The venue will also carry a new name, The Dock, acknowledging the heritage and uniqueness of its Cardiff Bay location and the interior design scheme will tell guests the story of Cardiff Bay, with a modern eclectic twist.
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.”
Follow progress on The Dock on Twitter @brainsbrewery and Facebook

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Champion Beers of Wales 2015

Below is the full list of the Champion Beers of Wales 2015, nothing from the Llandeilo Village Idiot on it so expect another hissy fit from the Old Dear

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Barry Brewery brews the best beer in Wales

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".

Tasting Notes
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.

Further information:
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
Festival Facts:

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

Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival returns to Cardiff next week

The Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival, run by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, returns to Cardiff next week for a 'Back to Basics' beer festival where the quality of the real ales and ciders will be the most important matter, not the egos of brewers pushing out their beers.
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!

5th-7th November
22 Dumballs Road
CF10 5FE

Google Map:

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Monday, 31 August 2015

Swansea gets crafty as Waen Brewery open Gravity Station 2 in the City

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

Swansea Bay Beer & Cider Festival Beer List

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


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.

 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.


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.


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.


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
Elderflower beer.

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.
Dry hopped
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.


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.


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

Seven Years for Zerodegrees Cardiff

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

Big Apple Cider and Perry winners

It was the Big Apple Cider and Perry Championships in Putley, Herefordshire, yesterday and the results are below

Saturday, 2 May 2015

CAMRA Cider and Perry of the Year

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.


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