Friday, 19 November 2010

True Taste Awards 2010

It's that time of year again when the food makers of Wales get together for the True Taste of Wales awards.
Full details of the winners are here but as usual the Brew Wales team have sifted the results to reproduce the most important category below. There is also a colour booklet available to download here.
Beer, Cider, Perry Category

Hurns Brewing Company
Cwrw Idris
Unit 3, Century Park, Llansamlet Enterprise
Park, Swansea, SA6 8RP
01792 797280

Cwrw Idris is a medium to light-brown coloured beer with a complex aroma of malt, hops and fruit, mainly raisins. The flavour consists of an initial malty sweetness balanced by a bitter sweet dryness towards the end together with some fruit flavours. Deceptively drinkable for a beer with an ABV of 5.2%.

Pure Welsh water is mixed by Hurns craft brewers with traditional floor-malted pale and crystal malt, then boiled with the finest English Goldings and Challenger hops before being carefully fermented with their unique strain of yeast to produce this light-brown coloured premium ale. Cwrw Idris has a rich, foamy head and an enticing aroma of malt, hops and fruit, followed by a smooth malty sweetness that sweeps over the tongue as like waves breaking over the beach. The sweetness is balanced by bitter and fruit flavours which all combine to make Cwrw Idris a deceptively drinkable premium beer with a strength of 5.2% ABV.  

Cwrw Idris is brewed by the family-owned Tomos Watkin Brewery and is named after the founder of the family firm, who was torpedoed twice during the First World War. The photograph of Idris Parry on the bottle label shows him in his naval uniform when he was serving on HMS Duke of Albany.

Gwynt y Ddraig Cider Ltd.
Orchard Gold Cider
Llest Farm, Llantwit Fardre,
Pontypridd, CF38 2PW
01443 209852
Orchard Gold is a golden medium cider with a refreshing apple aroma. Smooth balanced flavour that has a fresh, crisp sharpness. Shows off its true origins as a traditional oak matured farmhouse cider.

Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

Orchard Gold – Oak Conditioned Medium cider, 4.9% ABV


Monty’s Brewery Ltd.
Monty’s Midnight
Unit 1 Castle Works, Hendomen,
Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6HA
01686 668933
Described on their website as " An award- winning dark creamy stout, full of dark fruit and roasted malt flavours". 4% ABV.
Monty’s Brewery is proud to be the first brewery in Montgomeryshire since the Eagle Brewery closed in the 1980’s. The owner and head brewer, Pam Honeyman is one of only a handful of brewsters (female brewer) in the UK.

Congratulations to all the winners and good luck to everyone in the competition next year.

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