Hay on Wye will be home to a beer and literature festival this weekend as Kilverts plays host to a beer festival and beer writers. The full beer list can be found here (Google doc)
Organiser Ed Davies says, "I have arranged for some of the country’s best beer writers to come and talk about their work".
Hops and Glory author and beer writer of the year Pete Brown will describe his three month journey from Burton Trent to India in the company of a cask of IPA.
You get two pints for the price one when Adrian Tierney-Jones (1001 Beer You must Try Before you Die) and Tim Hampson (The Beer Book) debate which are best – ales from North Wales or the South.
Melissa Cole will take the “beard out of beer” and lead a tasting for the ladies and a beer and food matching. And if all of this is not enough, Zak Avery, author of 500 Beers, will describe some of his favourite brews.
From the Wye Valley Brewery Peter and Vernon Amor (brewers of Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome Stout) will be giving readings from the Dorothy Goodbody stories and Breconshire Brewery’s head brewer Buster Grant will talk about the future of beer in the Principality.
Should you tire of the beer, there will be talks and readings by several local authors and poets. And if you want something that goes with a bang the Sealed Knot’s Hay Garrison will be firing their muskets. More than 50 different Welsh ales will be available at the festival.
The festival is opened 5pm Friday 24th by Martin Weale, Chairman of the Brecknock branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, and full details can be found on the website.