Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Clubbers until 3 in the morning.
This time the Government have set their greedy little eyes on increasing duty on beers over 7.5% ABV. Now I doubt if this will effect the Special Brew swigging brigade who inhabit our City Centers but it will hit a small but crucial part of the market - the craft beer scene.
Former Champion Beer of Wales, Otley O8 weighs in at a hefty 8% and is a really powerful, golden hoppy ale. From next year it will be more expensive as we have to fund the bailout to Ireland.
The Tesco American Double IPA, brewed by Brewdog (pictured left) is another fantastic beer. There is a chance that this increase in duty will put off our breweries from producing such innovative and tasty beers in the future. How is that good for the consumer or even for the Government coffers?
This duty raise will also effect imported beers - those wonderful American IPAs and Belgium Trappist beers will become more expensive because of this change in taxation.
As well as the increase in duty, the Treasury have announced a reduced rate of duty for beers below 2.8% ABV. Now I've never tried the Brewdog Nanny State at 1.1% but there were mixed reviews over that.
I have had the misfortune to try Weltons Pride n joy, a 2.8% beer that tasted so bad I, and others thought it was infected at the time. It was not, as lab analysis turned out to reveal but just tasted that bad.
It's all very well announcing a cut in beer duty for beers below 2.8% ABV, but who is going to drink them when they taste so bad?
HM Treasury Alcohol Tax Review is available as a pdf to download here.
Monday, 29 November 2010
029 2022 9494
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Saturday, 27 November 2010
So let's examine the claims made on the website of this pub (in bold):
Well there you have it, a bit of mythbusting on one of the pubs of Newport.
Friday, 26 November 2010
Mary Mother Mild is described as "Having a lovely spicy nose and flavour from cinnamon and cloves with gorgeous bitter chocolate/espresso coffee flavours but still easily drinkable.
Mary Mother Mild is availble both in cask and bottle.
Follow the Waen Brewery on Twitter
The awards programme will be broadcast on Radio 4 at 9am today (November 26th.).
According to Wye Valley Brewery MD Vernon Amor, "At Wye Valley Brewery we’re dedicated to brewing the finest beers using top quality ingredients form local growers. These awards are a fantastic platform to help spread the word about our real ales and the passion and care that goes into them".
2010 is Wye Valley brewery's 25th anniversary year and to celebrate they realised our dream of a truly local beer using both our local Herefordshire hops plus, uniquely, Herefordshire Barley through a special project with a local farmer. This very special brew of Imperial Stout was launched in bottles as a limited edition from as part of the Dorothy Goodbody range.
The BBC team from Radio 4’s Food Programme was looking for inspirational drinks producers bringing new ideas to the market whilst keeping old traditions alive. As a traditional family owned brewery, dedicated to producing the finest quality cask ales yet none the less passionate about exciting new recipes and ingredients, Wye Valley Brewery impressed the judges and won the Best Drinks Producer category.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
The Three Horseshoes is situated on a corner plot opposite the village green in the historic village of Dinas Powys. A two-story building, the Three Horseshoes is set back from the road, allowing outdoor drinking areas to the front and side of the pub. A plaque on an outside wall commemorates a nineteenth-century bard, Dewi Wyn O Esyllt, also known as the White Bard, who lived in the pub.
The pub apparently dates back to 1456 when it was built as a farmhouse, however it has been altered over the centuries but still today retains a separate bar and lounge. The lively flagstone-floored front bar has a large flat screen television as well as a dart board on a lower level and rugby memorabilia on the walls. Although the television is a feature of the bar, it is conversation that dominates in this pub with the locals discussing the latest racing results or the latest gossip in the village.
Towards the rear is the lounge, entered from the bar via a dark wooden door set in a thick stone wall, which was probably an exterior wall of the original building. The lounge features comfortable seats around the walls with some old photos of the pub on the walls and a 1930s style stone fireplace against the far wall. The Three Horseshoes does have a 1930s feel to the place with the bar counter being made out of dark wood and leaded glass windows in the lounge. The sash windows in the front bar show that the building seen today is an amalgamation of various building styles over the centuries. Another wooden door, again with a brass lock and metal handle, leads from the lounge to a heated rear patio area.
The Three Horseshoes was once owned by Hancock's Brewery and Hancock's HB is still available on the bar alongside other real ales from breweries such as Wells & Youngs and Fullers. The beer range does vary throughout the week but the pub is owned by a Pub Company so it is not a free house but tied to their products. There are four handpumps altogether, two in the bar and two in the lounge so it is worth checking what is on in the other section. On the wall in the lounge are tasting notes for the real ales served in this pub. The Three Horseshoes has Cask Marque accreditation for its real ales and regularly features in the Good Beer Guide, published by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. The Three Horseshoes does not do any meals, only home-made rolls and the pub does have a real community atmosphere to it with regular live music on Friday nights.
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Dinas Powys is easliy reached by public transport from Cardiff. Would have put the Traveline Cymru link in here but the site is not working again!
Found this on the web the other day. The singer Bob James was born in the UK but now lives in the USA.
From his blog:
"I am trying to help save the Great British pubs from closing down.
Bob James on Twitter
Bob James Blog
Bob James website
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Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere
Great Divide Titan
Great Divide Hercules
Flying Dog Tire Bitter
Flying Dog Raging Bitch
Left Hand Black Jack Porter
No Bud though, not even for Cooking Lager
Thanksgiving Menu Available in the Bar & Restaurant
Gingered butternut squash soup with spicy pecan cream £4.50
New England clam chowder £5.00
Maryland crab cake £5.50
Waldorf salad with rye bread £5.00
New Orleans smoked sausage and brown shrimp jambalaya with brown rice, grilled prawns and chillies £13.00
Colorado pork Chile Verde with tortilla chips £13.00
Southern fried chicken thighs with sweet potato steak fries and coleslaw £12.00
Kansas City barbecue sauce beef spare ribs with fries and green salad £14.00
“Connecticut’s best” apple pie £4.70
New York supreme cheesecake with blueberry coulis £4.70
Michigan frosted pumpkin doughnut with cream cheese ice cream £4.70
Looks good and of course if you don't fancy the American beers there are always the fantastic Otley Brewery beers to wash down the food with.
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Bunch of Grapes
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
The pub used for the exterior shots was the Lamb in Leadenhall Market, City of London.
Nowadays with CCTV in a lot of pubs, how long before "100 real pub fights" hits the TV screens?
(Off now to sell idea to Endemol)
Friday, 19 November 2010
The Moose will be out and about in North Wales as well:
26th-28th November - Food & Craft Festival, Parc Glynllifon, near Caernarfon.
27th-28th November - Christmas Fair, Craflwyn Hall, Beddgelert.
In addition the first Porthmadog Farmers' Market will be held on Saturday 11th December 2010 at the Ganolfan.
Hurns Brewing Company
Unit 3, Century Park, Llansamlet Enterprise
Park, Swansea, SA6 8RP
Gwynt y Ddraig Cider Ltd.
Orchard Gold Cider
Llest Farm, Llantwit Fardre,
Pontypridd, CF38 2PW
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.
Unit 1 Castle Works, Hendomen,
Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6HA
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.
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Tom Hoare from the Cardiff Story Museum has already searched the National Museum, Cardiff Library and Glamorgan Records Office, all to no avail in the search for old photographs of this pub.
The Vulcan pub in Cardiff, now almost 2 years into its 3 year reprieve from demolition.
The Cardiff Story,
The Old Library,
Tel: (+44) 029 2078 8334
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
The City Arms has a website a bit different to the usual Brains corporate pub site here, where you can sign up for their loyalty card to be launched in the new year.
The City Arms also has a Facebook page, which features the beers on and those waiting to come on.
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Friday, 12 November 2010
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Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood has called for rules tying pubs to the large companies that own them to be relaxed to boost the burgeoning real ale market in Wales.
Ms Wood, who represents South Wales Central in the National Assembly for Wales, said allowing publicans more choice in the beer they sell would deliver a significant shot in the arm for the brewing industry in Wales.
At present, many pubs are dictated to over what beer they buy in and the price at which they sell it as a result of the strong grip large pub companies have over them. This usually leads to the pub companies selling bog-standard beer at inflated prices to the licensed premises tied to them.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has persistently urged the Office of Fair Trading to intervene in the matter, but to no avail.
During questions to the Welsh Assembly’s Minister for Rural Affairs, Elin Jones, Ms Wood said:
“Over the next fortnight, the small town of Llanwrtyd Wells will be hosting a beer festival that will showcase some of the many fantastic real ales brewed in this country.
“I am sure that everyone in the Chamber is proud of the excellent produce of our Welsh microbreweries and would agree that it should be promoted as much as possible.
“Unfortunately, however, given that many pubs are tied to large companies that dictate which beers can be bought and at what price, real ales are prevented from getting to the many keen customers out there.
“The Office of Fair Trading recently declined to intervene in the relationship between pubs and the large companies that own them. I realise that this is a non-devolved issue, but I would be grateful if you would be prepared to make representations about the unfair terms and conditions imposed on pub landlords and landladies, which are damaging to Welsh microbreweries.
“I am sure that you would agree that the case should be made for a level playing field, so that the Welsh micro brewing industry can compete properly.”
In reply, Ms Jones said: “As you said, Leanne, this is not a devolved issue, but, if I recall correctly, it was a recommendation of the Rural Development Sub-committee’s report that the Government look at tied pubs and make representations.
“The Office of Fair Trading report came out after the debate on the sub-committee’s report in the Assembly, and I may well be asked to pursue this issue after my meeting with the cross-party group.
“It is clear that consumers and visitors alike want to sample local food and drink when they go to any establishment in Wales. All the consumer evidence shows that. It is a shame that that is not allowed in some pubs and other establishments in Wales.
“I would want to see a way of trying to pursue this issue with the UK Government and with pubs and pub owners in Wales.”
Ember Inns may be a part of the Mitchells and Butlers giant pub company but at least during November they are running a beer festival. Entitled NovEmber the following beers will be available in their pubs:
- Thornbridge Wild Swan white gold pale ale 3.5%
- Stonehenge Old Smokey malty and dark 5%
- Project Green - the freshest beer in the land 4.5%
- Davenport's Fox's Nob deep copper ale 4.4%
- St. Austell Black Prince fruity black mild 4%
- Brewdog Trashy Blonde statuesque fruity ale 4.1%
- Copper Dragon Black Gold a 19th century recipe, 3.7%
- Liberation Ale all the way from Jersey, 4.0%
- Fraoch Heather Ale, with real heather, 5%
- Alton's Pride, Champion at the Great British Beer Festival 3.8%
- Wolf Brewery Granny Wouldn't Like It, fruity and dark red, 4.8%
- Rampant Gryphon, sip gently, 6.2%!
The full tasting notes are available at the bar in a full colour A5 leaflet or as a PDF here.
Unfortunately there are only 2 Ember Inns in South Wales and both are in Cardiff the Old Cottage and the Deri:
View Larger MapOld Cottage, Cherry Orchard Road, Lisvane, Cardiff, CF14 0UE
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Deri Inn, Heol-Y-Deri, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, CF14 6UH
For thos readers in North Wales the Acton Park in Wrexham is also an Ember Inn
Check out the Ember Inns website for pubs near to you.
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