Friday 26 August 2011

Swansea Bay Beer Festival

It's August Bank Holiday weekend so that obviously means good weather and of course the Swansea Bay Beer Festival, held at the Brangwyn Hall in the City.
The second biggest CAMRA beer festival in Wales is proving to be another popular venue, this year the real ale and cider orders have been increased due to their popularity last year - so this year we have a far bigger selection for everyone.
Opening times:
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th - Noon to 11pm

Admission: £5 for non-CAMRA members, £3 for card-carrying CAMRA members
Admission includes glass and programme: tokens for beer to be purchased separately within the Festival.

Friday 6pm - Ferns and Galoots
Friday 9pm - Rattled
Saturday 3pm - Alltud
Saturday 6pm - The Shakes
Beer and cider list, subject to availability etc

B = Bitter; SB = Strong Bitter; G = Golden Ale; M = Mild;
PS = Porter / Stout BW = Barley Wine S = Speciality
Abbey, Bath 
Bellringer 4.2% B
Hoppy, medium-bodied, amber with a clean-tasting malt aroma and dry bitter finish.

ADNAMS, Southwold, Suffolk, England.
Broadside 4.7% SB
Rich fruitcake aromas with a wonderful balance of malt and hop flavours.
Explorer 4.3% G
Tipple malt and New World combine to provide a biscuity and citrusy flavour.

BASS, Burton, Staffordshire, England.
Bass 4.4% B
Brewed since 1777, an English classic with a nutty, malty taste underscored by
complex hop undertones.

BRAINS, Cardiff, Wales.
Bitter 3.7% B
Rich amber coloured, well balanced and refreshing.
Dark 3.5% M
Treacle-coloured, brewed with Chocolate malt; hints of liquorice and ground coffee.
Reverend James 4.5% B
Full-bodied and warming. Rich spicy aromatic palate with a deeply satisfying finish.
SA 4.2% B
Copper coloured with a nutty richness, balanced with a satisfying dryness.
SA Gold 4.3% G
Full-flavoured hoppy golden ale with complex refreshing citrus aromas and flavours.

BRECONSHIRE, Brecon, Powys, Wales.
Cribyn 4.5% B
A very pale straw coloured bitter; aromatic and refreshing.
Golden Valley 4.2% G
A deep, golden coloured beer with floral notes and a gentle but pervasive bitterness.
Ramblers Ruin 5.0% SB
Dark amber, malty and well hopped.
Red Dragon 4.7% SB
An unusually red coloured beer, with biscuit-y malt characteristics.

BRYN CEYLN, Ystradgynlais, Swansea Valley, Wales.
Holly Hop 3.9% G
A dark golden beer, initially sweet but leading to a dry buttery finish.
Oh Boy 4.5% G
An enticing golden colour with a taste full of hops and fruit.

CASTLE ROCK, Nottingham, England.
Harvest Pale 3.8% G
CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain 2010 – say no more!!

CELT EXPERIENCE, Caerphilly, Wales.
Bronze 4.5% B
A delightful rich bronze colour, with a full bodied character and crystal maltiness.
Celt Golden 4.2% G
An organic ale, with a rich full-bodied texture and blend of traditional and fruity hops.
Cwrw Celt 5.0% G
Slow mashed with continental hops, leading to a refreshing and spicy flavour.

COTSWOLD SPRING, Chipping Sodbury, Glos., England.
Codrington Royal 4.5% B
This well-balanced ruby beer produces rich fruit flavours with a hint of spiciness.

DARK STAR, Partridge Green, Sussex, England.
American Pale 4.7% G
Maris Otter malt complements the crisp taste and full aroma of the hops.

DARTMOOR, Princetown, Devon, England.
Jail Ale 4.8% SB
A full-bodied mid-brown beer with a well-rounded flavour and a sweet moreish aftertaste.

EVAN EVANS, Llandeilo
Cwrw 4.2% sweet and malty.
Warrior 4.6% malty bitter.

EVERARDS, Narborough, Leicestershire, England.
Tiger 4.2% B
Chestnut brown in colour; spicy hop aromas with toffee undertones.

EXMOOR, Wiveliscombe, Somerset, England.
Gold 4.5% G
Grassy, floral hops and a subtly soft caramel-tinged maltiness lead to a bittersweet finish.
Stag 5.2% SB
Resiny hop aromas and a biscuity maltiness lead to a long dry finish.

FULLERS, Chiswick, London, England.
ESB 5.5% SB
A liquid legend – winner of three CAMRA Beer of the Year awards, among numerous other gold medals.
London Pride 4.2% B
A rich, smooth, balanced beer, with a distinctive rounded flavour.

GOFF’S, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England.
Jouster 4.0% B
Tawny coloured, with a good balance of malt and bitterness in the mouth, underscored by fruitiness, with a clean, hoppy aftertaste.
White Knight 4.7% SB
A well hopped bitter with a light colour and full bodied taste. Bitterness
predominates in the mouth and leads to a dry, hoppy aftertaste.

HARVEYS, Lewes, East Sussex, England.
Sussex Best Bitter 4.0% B
A superbly balanced session bitter with a prominent hop character.

HARVIESTOUN, Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland.
Schiehallion 4.8% G
A true pilsner-style beer; dry, crisp, refreshing and flavoursome.

HEART OF WALES, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales.
Aur Cymru 3.8% G
A clear bright golden ales with a clean refreshing taste. Initial bitterness
yields to a sweeter floral finish.

HOOK NORTON, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England.
Gold 4.1% G
A very pale crisp beer, displaying its hop character, a fruity aroma and
a pleasant light taste.
Old Hooky 4.6% B
A beautifully balanced beer, fruity by nature, and well-rounded.

HOPBACK, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.
Entire Stout 4.5% PS
A rich dark stout with a strong roasted malt flavour and a long, smooth aftertaste.
Summer Lightning 5.0% G
The original Summer ale. Straw coloured beer with a terrific fresh, hoppy aroma.

JACOBI, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Light Ale 3.8% G
A very light ale, distinguished by its hoppiness.

KELHAM ISLAND, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.
Pale Rider 5.2% G
Well balanced strong and fruity ale flavoured with North American Hops.

KITE, Gorslas, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Cwrw Gorslas 4.0% B
Balanced spicy hop aroma; the bitterness remains into the finish..
Cwrw Haf 4.1% G
Blonde ale with fruit and sweet malt, followed by a refreshing dry finish.
Goldwing 4.2% G
A golden-coloured ale: full-flavoured with a dry refreshing bite.
Thunderbird 4.5% B
Mid-brown, with a subtle touch of sweet fruit aromas.

MARSTONS, Burton, Staffordshire, England.
Old Empire 5.7% SB
Displays, in both appearance and taste, the genuine characteristics of a true
India Pale Ale.
Pedigree 4.3% B
Brewed using Burton well water and the unique Union system: a classic bitter.

MAULDONS, Sudbury, Suffolk, England.
Black Adder 5.3% PS
Dark bitter stout. Roast & nut aromas with a fruity balance of hops and dark malt.

MOLES, Melksham, Wiltshire, England.
Landlord’s Choice 4.5% PS
Dark strong porter-style beer with a rich fruity palate and a malty finish.

MOORHOUSE’S, Burnley, Lancashire, England.
Pendle Witches Brew 5.1% SB
Full-flavoured with a crisp sweet fruity aftertaste and soft citrus nose.
Pride of Pendle 4.1% B
Fine balance of malt and hops give a long dry finish.

NEATH, Baglan, Neath-Port Talbot, Wales.
Black 5.5% SB
A very dark ale – much as the name suggests!
Witch Hunter 4.2% B
Ruby-coloured ale with fruit aroma and flavour.

OTLEY, Pontypridd, Wales.
O3 Boss 4.4% B
Traditional chestnut ale.
O1 4.0% G
Straw coloured pale ale heavy with Celeia aroma hops.
Croeso 4.2%
Light coloured ale bursting with citrus flavours and big nose aromas.
Motley Brew 7.5%
A Double IPA brewed with help from Glyn at the Rake, Borough market

PALMERS, Bridport, Dorset, England.
200 5.0% SB
A finely balanced blend of malt, hops and quenching citric fruitiness.
Best Bitter 4.2% B
A traditional well-balanced India Pale Ale.

PURPLE MOOSE, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Wales.
Dark Side Of The Moose 4.6% SB
A delicious dark ale with a deep malt flavour from roasted barley and a fruity
bitterness from Bramling Cross hops.
Glaslyn Ale 4.2% G
Golden-coloured fruity best bitter with a well-balanced hoppy finish.

RCH, West Hewish, Somerset, England.
East Street Cream 5.0% SB
Full-bodied chestnut-coloured ale, with a malty, hoppy sweet fruit taste.
Old Slug 4.5% PS
A traditional near-black porter, full-bodied with tastes of chocolate,
coffee, blackcurrants & black cherry.
Pitchfork 4.3% G
A golden bitter with a floral hop aroma.

RHYMNEY, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
Dark 4.0% M
Champion Beer of Wales 2011.
Rhymney Dark, is, as its name suggests, is a dark coloured beer with a deep reddish hue and pours with a beige head. A complex aroma of sweet and roast malts and blackberries leads to a bittersweet chocolate flavour and a slightly astringent finish with some vanilla overtones.
Export 5.0% SB
Flavours from mixed malts dominate this full-bodied rounded ale.

RINGWOOD, Hampshire, England.
Fortyniner 4.9% SB
Fresh hop bouquet; rounded malt with strong hop balance, deep bittersweet finish
Old Thumper 5.6% SB
Warm, rounded yet surprisingly strong beer.

SARAH HUGHES, Dudley, West Midlands, England.
Dark Ruby Mild 6.0% PS
Clear fruitiness in the aroma, followed by sweet maltiness and a slightly bitter finish.

SKINNERS, Truro, Cornwall, England.
Betty Stogs 4.0% B
Classic pale/amber mid-strength bitter with distinct hoppy overtones.

ST AUSTELL, St Austell, Cornwall, England
HSD 5.0% SB
Full-bodied, strong and Cornish, brimming with a kaleidoscope of flavours.
Proper Job 3.7% G
A powerfully hopped golden bitter that explodes with citrus grapefruit flavours

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% B
Dark bitter, with a roasted barley flavour.
Original Wood 5.2% SB
Full-bodied, with complex flavours with and a firm bitter ending.
Pwlldu XXXX 4.9% S
A rare opportunity to sample this seasonal ale.
Three Cliffs Gold 4.7% G
Golden beer, with a hoppy, fruity taste and quenching bitterness.

TATTON, Knutsford, Cheshire, England.
Ale 3.7% B
Full malty/toffee flavour for its gravity, balanced by a soft bitterness and hoppy,
fruity taste and aroma.
Best 4.2% B
Amber coloured best bitter with a clean malt flavour and fine hop character.
Blonde 4.0% G
A blonde beer with a hoppy fruity taste and a fine fruity aroma.
Gold 4.8% G
A full-tasting, satisfying deep golden ale.
Summer 4.7% S
A rare opportunity to sample this seasonal ale.

THORNBRIDGE, Bakewell, Derbyshire, England.
Jaipur IPA 5.9% SB
A wonderfully hoppy, full flavoured IPA.

THWAITES, Blackburn, Lancashire, England.
Nutty Black 3.3% M
A bittersweet dark mild; one of only four beers to win Champion Beer of Britain twice.

TOMOS WATKIN, Llansamlet, Swansea, Wales.
Cwrw Haf 4.2% G
A refreshing citrus palate with a fruity aromatic hop.
MOC 4.0% B
Named after the Morriston Orpheus Choir; not widely available.
OSB (Old Style Bitter) 4.5% B
Deep amber, full-bodied with good bitterness and a clean, lasting finish.
Premier Ale 4.3% B
With the tag-line “Not So Ugly Now”, this celebrates Swansea City’s recent promotion!

TUDOR, Abergavenny
Skirrid 4.2%

WEST BERKSHIRE, Thatcham, Berkshire, England.
Dr. Hexter’s Healer 5.0% SB
Three different hops give a balanced beer with a citrus, orange & marmalade finish.
Dr. Hexter’s Wedding Ale 4.1% G
A light golden-coloured beer with good bitterness and a citrus finish.
Good Old Boy 4.0% B
A full-bodied bitter with well-balanced malt & hops.
Mr. Chubb’s Lunchtime Bitter 3.7% B
A traditional bitter with a strong hop finish.

WOOD, Craven Arms, Shropshire, England.
Parish 4.0% G
A light-coloured beer, with a hoppy refreshing flavour.
Wonderful 4.8% SB
A dark ruby brew.

WOODFORDE’S, Norwich. Norfolk, England.
Wherry 3.8% B
Fresh & zesty with crisp floral flavours.

WYE VALLEY, Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England.
Butty Bach 4.5% G
A burnished gold premium ale. Full bodied, smooth and satisfying.
Dorothy Goodbody’s Stout 4.6% PS
A classic stout with intense roasted barley flavours and a dry bitter finish.
HPA 4.0% B
A delightful smooth pale ale, with a citrus hop aroma and balanced bitter finish.

YOUNGS, Bedford, England.
Special 4.5% B
Classic amber bitter, with fruity nose, good hop aroma & full round finish.

Cider & Perry List

BLAENGAWNEY FARM, Crumlin, Gwent, Wales.
Blindfold 6.0% M
Heartbreaker 7.0% D
National Treasure 5.0% S

BROADOAK: Somerset, England.
Kingston Black 7.5% M
Perry 7.5% M

GOWER HERITAGE CENTRE, Parkmill, Gower, Wales.
Mill Cider 7.4% MS
Mill Cider 7.4% D

GWYNT Y DDRAIG, Llantwit Fardre, RCT, Wales.
Black Dragon 7% M
Dog Dancer 6.5% MD
Fiery Fox 6.5% M
Haymaker 6.5% M
Happy Daze 4.5% M
Kingston Black 7.2% M
Malvern Hills Perry 5.5% M
Pyder 6% M
Scrumpy 5.5% M
Two Trees Perry 4.5% M
Yarlington Mill 6.5% M

HECKS CIDER, Street, Somerset, England.
Dry D
Medium M
Sweet S
Perry S

Tainton Squash Perry 6.4%. Made from the fruit of a 200 year old perry pear tree
Crabbly Cider 7.4%. The juice from hand-picked Yarlington Mill apples, grown in the shadow of the Blorenge Mountain, is carefully blended with that from a decades old crab apple tree that grows at the orchard near Cowbridge, to produce this traditional cider.

MOLES, Melksham, Wiltshire, England (Made by Thatchers)
Black Rat Cider 6% D
Black Rat Perry 7.5% M

OLD MONTYS, Montgomery, Powys,Wales.
Traditional Cider 6% M
Traditional Cider 6% D
Oak Cask Cider 6.3% MD

ORCHARD PIG, Glastonbury, Somerset, England.
Medium Cider 4.2% M
Medium Cider 6.5% M
Dry 6.5% D

RAGLAN CIDER MILL, Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wales
Boris' Brainbender 6.0% M
Rum Tiddly Um 7.8% M
Barn Owl Perry 5.6% D
Tawny Owl Perry 5.0% M

RICH’S CIDER, Watchfield, Somerset, England.
Dry 6.0% D
Medium 6.0% M
Sweet 6.0% S

WESTONS, Much Marcle, Herefordshire, England.
Old Rosie 6.3% MD
Organic Vintage 7.3% MD

WILKINS CIDER, Wedmore, Somerset, England.
Dry 6.0% D
Medium 6.0% M
Sweet 6.0% S

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