Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Pubs join forces with CAMRA Beer Festival to form the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival Fringe! Wales' largest pub, the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival is joining forces with pubs in the City Centre of Cardiff to bring the Festival Fringe to the City. The three-day event at the Motorpoint Arena now extends to favourite Cardiff watering holes such as the Goat Major and the City Arms as extra events are happening in these pubs and others in and around the City Centre. According to Arfur Daley, Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival Organiser, “It makes sense for the pubs to join us in this celebration of beer and cider, we have 6000 thirsty customers coming to the City for our event so why not celebrate some of our great City-Centre pubs as well at the same time? We may be Wales' biggest pub but we are only here for three days and Cardiff has some cracking pubs the rest of the year as well”. A number of City-Centre Brains pubs will be launching the Limited Editions Range from Brains Craft Brewery. All of the beers launched by the pubs will be available at the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival but remember they are limited editions so may sell out early at the festival and the pubs! Goat Major – today launches Arfur's Pie, a recipe created by the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival Organiser James 'Arfur' Daley. For inspiration Arfur decided on a breakfast pie – farmhouse sausage, bacon and black pudding, all in a rich tomato sauce and topped off with an omelette as, well, the traditional pastry top did not seem to match. The Goat Major will also be launching a limited edition Brains beer called Low-Hanging Fruit on Saturday. This beer is matured with cherries and slow-fermented for 6 weeks. City Arms - A former Cardiff CAMRA Pub of the Year, the City Arms will be hosting an IPA Festival during the week of the beer festival with a range of hoppy, strong India Pale Ales to suit everyone. On Sunday this pub will be launching Grande Tripel IPA – an 8% beer brewed with yeast from a Trappist Monastery. This beer has been created by Barry-based Simon Martin as his 1000th beer review on You Tube. The Cottage – On Friday this pub will be launching Brain's Coopers Reserve, a 10% oak-aged beer that was matured in Penderyn Whisky barrels. Fire Island – One of Cardiff's newest pubs, based in the former Glamorgan Councils Staff Club on the corner of Westgate Street and Womanby Street, this pub will be hosting a Tiny Rebel Brewery takeover on Saturday night with a full range of their usual beers plus some of their specials.