Welsh Cider Festival 2009
The Welsh Cider & Perry Festival takes place this weekend at the Clytha Arms, Monmouthshire, on the 23rd, 24th and 25th May (Sat-Mon). The Festival is also home to the Welsh Cider and Perry competition which means an early start for Brew Wales, being on the judging panel. Don't mind the early start, it's the 8% cider matured in a whiskey cask at 1000 am that is the difficult job! Anyway the 40 or so cidermakers in Wales will be entering their sweet, medium, dry and bottled ciders and perries into the competition. Winners should be announced sometime in the afternoon on Saturday. Brew Wales will attempt some live blogging and Tweeting from the festival but the wilds of Monmouthshire are not the ideal place to get a signal on a mobile phone.
The Welsh Cider & Perry Festival is the highpoint of the cidermaking year for the makers of our oldest drink. The makers themselves will be there serving (and drinking!) their produce and are more than willing to talk to customers about their wares. That's if the queue for the bar is not too long!
The cider bar will be in the old coach house, to the rear of the Clytha pub itself. The Clytha Arms is set in its own grounds so there is plenty of parking as well as spacious gardens to enjoy the best ciders and perries of Wales. Expect some excellent food as well with the Clytha Arms producing their own award-winning fayre as well as burgers on the barbecue. Brew Wales did feel that the Venison burgers last year were a little dear!
The Clytha Arms is situated on the B4598 between Abergavenny and Raglan, OS368089, NP7 9BW. The pub is on the Abergavenny to Monmouth bus route but the bus goes via the back of the pub on certain journeys, involving about ½ mile walk from the stop. Oh and the stop probably is not marked so use a map and ask the driver to be dropped off at Pit Clytha. The 1830 journey to Abergavenny leaves from outside the pub so no worries there!
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