Tuesday 24 August 2010

Swansea Bay Beer Festival opens on Thursday

The second biggest beer festival in Wales will be opening its doors to the public this Thursday at 5pm when the Swansea Bay Beer Festival returns to the Brangwyn Hall.
Over 120 real ales, ciders and perries will  feature at this event, now an annual feature in the beer festival calender. As well as beers from local breweries such as Tomos Watkin, Neath Ales, Swansea and Brains, beers from across the UK will be featured as well as ciders and perries from Gwynt Y Ddraig, International Cider Maker of the Year and for the first time ever, ciders from the award-winning craft producer Llanblethian Orchards will make an appearance. Llanblethian Orchards cider is made from hand-picked apples and hand-pressed by three cider enthusiasts and there is no editorial bias whatsoever with regard to their products. No none at all.
The Brangwyn Hall is a fantastic venue for a festival and has a connection with Guinness which most people are unaware of. The somewhat risqué murals on the walls of the hall, painted by Frank Brangwyn, were originally meant for the House of Lords but were rejected by them. These artworks were commissioned by Lord Iveagh of the Guinness family and ended up in Swansea. So some 80 years later the decoration at this beer festival turns out to be supplied by Guinness! Joking aside, the Swansea Bay Beer Festival is a great weekend with lots of great beers and ciders, all served at cellar temperature via the extensive cooling system involved.

Opening times:
Thursday 26th August 2010 - 1700-2300
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th -  1200-2300

Admission: £5 for non-camra members, £3 for camra members
Admission includes glass and programme. (Tokens for beer to be purchased separately at the festival).
No advance tickets, all tickets to be purchased at the Brangwyn during opening times.

Children only allowed in the George Hall and food area until 8pm each day.
No children allowed in the main hall (The Brangwyn) at any time.

Thursday 9pm - The VIP`S
Friday 9pm - Ted Crooks Blues Highway
Saturday 3-5pm - Alltud
Saturday 7.30pm - Whitefern Mountain Spring Band.

From Brew Wales

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