Thursday 23 July 2009

Welsh Brewers to hit London

The beer list is out for the forthcoming Great British Beer Festival and as well as the beers from across the world, Welsh brewers will be making an impact on the Capitol during the Festival.
The Welsh beers and breweries are listed below, along with tasting notes for the beers. Please note all the beers are subject to availability and not all may on at one time. In addition to the beers below, the biggest real ale brewers in Wales, SA Brain, will be having their own bar at Earl's Court. The Brew Wales tastebuds are aleady looking forward to trying the different real ales and ciders at the festival.

Breconshire Brewery

Cribyn (4.5%)

A very pale, straw-coloured aromatic best bitter brewed with Northdown, Challenger and Bramling Cross hops.

Golden Valley (4.2%)

A welcoming aroma of hops, fruit and malt leads to a similar, balanced flavour with a good building bitterness.

Bullmastiff Brewery

Son of a Bitch (6%)

A warming amber ale, easy-drinking for its strength. An aroma of hops, fruit and malt with a similar blend of flavours.

Conwy Brewery

Clogwyn Gold (3.6%)

A light quaffable golden ale with plenty of hop aroma and a long bitter finish.

Evan Evans Brewery

Cwrw (4.2%)

Welsh for "ale" this beer is fruity with good hop/malt balance.

Facers Brewery

Landslide (4.9%)

Golden in colour with a gentle malt introduction, the bitterness coming through later, enhanced by additional notes including resinous esters, full lemon and orange fruitiness with a hint of cherry and strong mouthfeel.

North Star Porter (4%)

A rich black porter with a strong palate of roasted malt and notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee and burnt toffee.

Great Orme Brewery

Cambria (3.8%)

Formerly called Welsh Mountain IPA this is a modern IPA with a full hop flavour and dry finish.

Celtica (4.5%)

Formerly called Celtic Dragon this beer is yellow in colour with a zesty taste full of citrus fruit flavours. Some initial sweetness followed by peppery hops and a bitter finish.

Kingstone Brewery

Kingstone Gold (4%)

Citrus aromas and clean crisp tasting golden beer.

Newmans Brewery (Celt Experiance)

Mt Snowdon Pale Ale (4%)

A tasty well-hopped bitter, with a mix of summerfruit aroma hops.The subtle blend of flavoursome malts with its dry, citrus and berryfruit finish, combines to produce this Welsh session ale for the summer.

Otley Brewery

O-Garden (4.8%)

A tongue in cheek take on wheat beer flavoured with roasted orange peel, corriander and cloves.

Purple Moose Brewery

Cwrw Eryri/Snowdonia Ale (3.6%)

Golden, refreshing bitter with citrus fruit hoppiness in aroma and taste. The full mouthfeel leads to a long-lasting, dry, bitter finish.

Cwrw Glaslyn (4.2%)

Refreshing light and malty amber-coloured ale. Plenty of hop in the aroma and taste. Good smooth mouthfeel leading to a slightly chewy finish.

Rhymney Brewery

Export Ale (5%)

A combination of six malts, give a heady flavour this full bodied, yet rounded, serious but eminently quaffable ale.

As well as sampling a few of the Welsh ales, Brew Wales will especially be looking forward to the cask version of Fullers 2009 Vintage Ale.

Welsh cidermakers will also be at the Great British Beer Festival including:

Dan Y Graig


Gwynt Y Ddraig,

cider and perry

O Sir




W.M Watkins


Along with many old favourites such as Gwatkin and Thatchers.
The full list of cider producers is here


Tue 4th August: 5.00pm to 10.30pm
Wed 5th, Thu 6th and Fri 7th: 12noon to 10.30pm
Sat 8th: 11.00am to 7.00pm


Tickets can be purchased from the See Tickets hotline (0844 412 4640) or from the GBBF website

Advance Day Tickets, £6 (CAMRA members) / £8 (Non-CAMRA members)

Advance Season Tickets, £20 (CAMRA members) / £23 (Non-CAMRA members)

Tutored Tastings, £11 (CAMRA members) / £12 (Non-CAMRA members)

Day Tickets (on the door), £8 (CAMRA members) / £10 (Non-CAMRA members)

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