Tuesday 7 September 2010

A couple of Celts

 Now it may come as surprise but I do appreciate a good lager, Czech Budvar is one of the best beers in the world, though I have gone off drinking Pilsner Urquell ever since they started brewing in in Poland, it just never tasted the same. However I did fiind this locally-brewed beer which is lagered in the traditional manner and tastes just who a lager should.

Celt Experience Cwrw Lager, 5%ABV, 330ml bottle, direct from the brewery, Unit 2E, Pontygwindy Industrial Estate, Caerphilly. CF83 3HU, 0870 803 3876

Celt Experience Brewery was established in 2007 at Caerphilly, the first brewery in the area for over 100 years. Lager has been brewed in Wales since 1883 and Cwrw from Celt Experience is the latest Welsh brewery to brew this style of beer, Cwrw, of course, means beer in Welsh and this beer is brewed from Munich lager malt as well as Saaz hops. The beer is also matured or lagered for 6 weeks in the traditional continental manner.
Celt Experience Cwrw is golden yellow in colour and has a sweet, malty aroma with a slight hoppy nose. A smooth, sweet initial flavour leads to some astringency and bitterness in the aftertaste, resulting in a dry finish. A deceptively easy to drink beer despite the strength of 5%.

As a complete contrast I thought I would try one of their other beers:

Celt Experience Brewery, Bleddyn, 5.6%, /500ml bottle

Bleddyn is named after a Welsh king who died in 1075. Celt Bleddyn is an organic beer and has deep golden colour with a rich aroma of pear drops and candied pistachio nuts. The beer uses hops from North America and New Zealand to produce these aromas. There is a bitter initial flavour followed by a bitter aftertaste and lingering tangy bitterness on the tongue, as well as a warming sensation. The aftertaste produces flavours such as grapefruit, again caused by the Chinook and First Gold hops to brew this beer, which won an award at the SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, awards in Hereford last year.

These beers, plus more from their range are availbale to buy direct from the brewery at:

The Celt Experience Brewery
Unit 2E Pontygwindy Industrial Estate
Pontygwindy Road
Mid Glamorgan
CF83 3HU 

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