Monday 28 February 2011
Friday 25 February 2011
Friday 25th February - 7pm to 11pm (Admission £3)
Saturday 26th February - 12pm to 4pm (Admission £2)
Saturday 26th February - 7pm to 11pm (Admission £3)
All admission prices include a program and a free half pint for CAMRA members on production of their membership card.
Abbey Grange Welsh Black 5.5
Brimstage Sandpiper 3.6
Conwy Mulberry Dark 3.8
Dunham Massey Little Bollington Bitter 3.7
Facers Landslide 4.9
Frodsham P.S.A 4.0
Gertie Sweet Winter Belle 4.7
Hydes Original 3.8
Jolly Brewer Cwrw Powys Fadog 4.0
Joules Pale Ale 4.1
Joules Slumbering Monk 4.5
Liverpool Organic Johnny Handsome 4.0
Marble 3.9 3.9
Northern Deep Dark Secret 5.2
Offbeat Scrumptious 4.0
Great Orme Cambria 3.8
Ossett Treacle Stout 5.0
Plassey Cwrw Tudno 5.0
Plassey Festival Ale 7.0
Prospect Panned Out 4.0
Purple Moose Canol y Ian 4.1
Salopian Darwin's Origin 4.3
Sandstone Poachers Pale 4.5
Sandstone Postmistress 4.4
Spitting Feathers Farmhouse Bitter 3.6
Stonehouse Station Bitter 3.9
Tatton Yeti 4.5
Weetwood Old Dog 4.5
Wrexham Beer Festival, 25th-26th February
Gresford Colliery Club
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Easily reached by Public Transport:
The Beer List:
Rhymney : Dark. Former Champion Beer of Wales!
Bullmastiff : Son of a Bitch, Welsh Black & Welsh Pride.
Conwy : Telford Porter.
Monty’s : Manjana, Midnight & Mojo.
Great Orme : Celtica
Otley : O1, O-Garden ,O-Rosie, Croeso & Motley Brew
Waen : Tidy Pint, Janners Pride, Blackberry Stout & Festival Gold.
Heart of Wales : Aur Cymru.
Jolly Brewer : Druids Ale.
Tomos Watkin : 1879 Lager (Keg)
Three Tuns : XXX.
Bryncelyn : Buddy Marvellous.
Bragd’yr Nant : Mwnci Nel.
Vale of Glamorgan : Grog y Vog, Wheats Occuring & Cwrw Dewi.
Breconshire : Ramblers Ruin, Sin Bin & Welsh Pale Ale.
Preseli : Baggywrinkle.
Kingstone : Humpty’s Fuddle.
Purple Moose : Dark Side of the Moose & Glaslyn.
In addition cider from World Champion Cider makers Gwynt Y Ddraig will also be available.
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Tuesday 22 February 2011
Thursday 17 February 2011
The topics to be discussed include:
"How do we shift public perceptions and norms?"
"Should we consider managing the retail environment and product marketing as ways of combating tobacco and/or alcohol use?"
So do we expect fair and balanced views from these Government-funded Fake Charities? No, not really as submissions of abstracts from Tobacco or Alcohol Industries or their subsidiaries will not be accepted. Ah so the righteous will be one-sided with their talk of banning advertising and brewery-sponsored sports events. As has been said elsewhere the denormalisation of smoking became eveident before the ban was introduced. We are now seeing the same being done to the drinks industry despite the amount of money it generates for this country.
It's time the Government ceased to fund these Fake Charities who waste our money on schemes to demonise the smoker and drinker. All they wish to do is to attack on our personal liberties and choices for their own benefit not for ours.
First they banned the smokers
And I did not speak out because I was not a smoker
Next they came for the drinkers...........
On another point, National No Smoking Day 2011 is coming up on Wednesday 9th March. Now this is the one day of the year that I choose to smoke, in protest at the nanny state we have imposed on us. This year I have some King Edward Imperials, well the US economy could do with the trade, and also something rather large from Nicaragua. now it's just trying to find the right pub to have a smoke outside, last year the protest was at the Vulcan in Cardiff, still undecided on the venue for this year.
The full report, written by Oxford Economics is available here (pdf)
The UK figures are equally impressive:
• 980,000 people in the UK depend on beer and pubs for work
• The beer and pub trade adds over £21 billion to the UK economy every year
• £13.4 billion in UK wages are dependent on the trade, each year
With pubs so important to the economy in Wales, is it not time the Welsh Assembly Government started to support them? Instead the WAG seem intent on supporting the neo-prohibitionists such as Fake Charity Alcohol Concern Wales who rely on Government funding of £250,000/pa to produce negative and incorrect reports such as this one?
Wednesday 16 February 2011
This year will see the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival return to the Cardiff International Arena for the fourth year in succession and the festival this year is set to be bigger and better than ever. The video above is a compilation of photographs taken by me over the last 3 years of the festival, hope you enjoy them, sit back and look forward to the festival this year.
Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival 2011
CIA, Cardiff International Arena
Mary Ann Street
The new beer from Vale of Glamorgan Brewery has a rugby themed beer as every Welsh brewery does at the moment. Tried this beer in the Pen & Wig in Newport. The verdict, well this is a mid-brown beer with a sweet, malty aroma. Sweetness and some fruit in the taste as well followed by finally some bitterness and astringency in aftertaste. A sweet, malty bitter or to put it another way another sweet malty bitter along the lines of SA. Great need some hops, time to find an Otley beer!
Now I don't normally watch or read Fox News but came across this interesting piece. In fact it was linked to this good bit of pro-beer propaganda on their site (copied below)
Report: Beer Great for Heart Health
“Red wine enjoys a reputation for sophistication and health benefits, but as interest in artisan brewing gains momentum and emerging research reveals unique nutrition properties, beer is finding redemption not only as a classy libation with deep roots in many cultures, but as a beverage with benefits,” said registered dietitian and ADA spokesperson Andrea Giancoli in a news release.
The article comes out just in time for American Heart Month, which raises awareness of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. One in three adults has some form of heart disease, and many can be prevented by healthier food choices.
Giancoli said that moderate consumption of beer has shown to increase HDL cholesterol (good), lower LDL cholesterol (bad), and reduce the risk of blood clots. It also lowers the risk of gallstones and type 2 diabetes
“Beer specifically has been associated with additional health outcomes, including lowering the risk of kidney stones in men compared to other alcoholic beverages, possibly due to its high water content and diuretic effect,” Giancoli said. “Compounds in hops may also slow the release of calcium from bone that is implicated in kidney stones. Additionally, beer drinkers seem to have a more protective effect towards greater bone mineral density due to the high content of silicone in beer.”
Wine and beer are both fat-free, but only beer contains a small amount of protein in its total calories. The lower alcohol content of beer also plays a role.
“Wines are between 12 percent and 14 percent ABV. Because the average beer has a lower ABV and more than two and half times as much water, it contributes to fluid intake more so than wine,” she said.
Recent studies show that most lagers contain close to 2 grams of soluble fiber per liter, and dark beers can contain over 3 grams.
But the ADA still recommends moderation when it comes to alcohol.
“Whether you’re exploring the cultural roots of an ancient beverage, expanding your culinary prowess, supporting a local brewer or just enjoying a cold one,” Giancoli said. “Remember that moderate consumption means one 12-ounce beer per day for women and two for men.”
Click here to read the ADA Times article.
A positive beer story in the media! Whatever next?
Tuesday 15 February 2011
Most of the photographs in the collection date to before 1966 and feature the Rhymney Hobby Horse branding, however a few are taken later and the pubs have the Whitbread logo on them.
Yes we have tried Google Street view but with only limited success, the pubs featured below may or may not have been converted, renamed or demolished by now.
Situated on the corner of Exchange Road, the bill poster on the front of the pub is advertising a company based on Station Road, Port Talbot, so the inference is that this pub was probably in or around the Neath/Port Talbot area.
I do like the fag machine on the wall outside the pub though – can imagine how long such a machine would last nowadays!
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Quite a substantial roadside pub this one on what appears to be a main road or town centre, there is a branch of the Halifax Building Society to the right of the pub. UPDATE: Thanks to Sam who identified it as the Commercial Inn, Killay, Swansea. A pub I have been past on my way to the Railway in Killay!
1806-88, MP for Neath.
Update: its still open and in Alltwen, SA8 3AJ
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Luckily we have two views of this pub, the rear view shows what appears to be a power station or steelworks steam cooling tower in the distance.
An anonymous contributor has identified this pub as the former Ship Inn, Giant's Grave, Briton Ferry.
The former pub is close to the canal and is today on an industrial site.
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Again this looks like a typical street corner from the South Wales valleys, on the main street of the town and on the corner of Hill Street (hardly helpful considering the geography of Wales!) This photo dates from the 1970s by the look of the cars.
Update: Again thanks to Jay from Neath Ales - this pub is on the corner of Neath Road, Briton Ferry, now painted green and called the 'Earl of Jersey'.
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Monday 14 February 2011
Brewers attending so far: Breconshire, Conwy, Facers, Jacobi, Jolly Brewer, Montys, Purple Moose, Sandstone, Otley, and Waen, with a few others likely to turn up as well it looks like we will have to invent a collective known for a group of Welsh brewers - a bevy of brewers? Or a cwtch of Welsh brewers?
More details can be found on the Facebook group here.
Blue Bell website and directions to find the pub here
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Friday 11 February 2011
Molson Coors 4Q profit falls as it sells less beer
Thu Feb 10, 6:31 pm ET
DENVER – Molson Coors Brewing Co.'s fourth-quarter net income fell by more than half as it sold less beer in the U.S. and U.K. and dealt with rising taxes and higher costs for ingredients and fuel.
The results missed analysts' average expectations, according to FactSet, and Molson's shares fell more than 4 percent Thursday.
The Denver company raised prices in the downturn to protect its profit margins, and it sold less beer as a result. Before the fourth quarter, cost-cutting was helping its profit rise.
Molson Coors reported Thursday that it earned $109.8 million, or 58 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Dec. 25. That's down 51 percent from $222.1 million, or $1.19 per share, a year earlier. Adjusted earnings amounted to 66 cents a share.
Last year's quarter was boosted by an unusually low tax rate, the company said.
Revenue excluding excise taxes rose 1.7 percent to $835.1 million because of higher prices.
The results fell short of analysts' forecasts. Analysts were looking for earnings of 69 cents per share on revenue of $837.4 million.
"In the U.S., unemployment amongst our core consumer base remains high, and U.S. beer industry volumes continue to be weak," said Peter Swinburn, president and CEO of Molson Coors.
The company offset that by raising prices and cutting costs, he said. Net income for Molson's U.S. joint venture with SABMiller, Miller Coors, rose 41 percent to $144.2 million.
But that too was short of what analysts expected, said Barclays Capital analyst Erica Chase.
The lower-than-expected profit growth in the U.S. overpowered better Canadian results and U.K. results that were in line with expectations, she said in a note to investors.
Molson Coors says it sold 1.9 percent less beer globally. The United Kingdom was particularly weak. Sales there fell 4.9 percent.
To offset weakness in more established markets, the company is trying to expand in emerging markets such as China and woo new drinkers to its Coors Light brand. Volume in the unit that includes sales outside the U.S., Canada and Britain rose 55 percent, but the unit remains a tiny portion of Molson Coors' business.
Swinburn said in 2011 the company will continue cutting costs and expanding its product offerings. For example, in January, it introduced Molson Canadian 67 in Quebec.
In the U.S. it will focus on higher-priced light beer, craft beer and imports. The company plans to introduce Miller Genuine Draft lemonade in the summer and promote seasonal versions of its Blue Moon brand.
In the first six weeks of this year, the company's sales to retailers in Canada fell by a percentage in the mid-single digits from the same period a year earlier, Swinburn said during a conference call with investors. The figure rose in the U.K. at a low single-digit rate. In the U.S., it fell in the fell by a percentage in the low single digits.
For the full year, Molson Coors earned $707.7 million, or $3.78 per share, compared with $720.4 million, or $3.87 per share, in fiscal 2009. Its annual revenue rose to $4.703 billion from $4.427 billion.
Molson shares fell $2.09, or 4.4 percent, to close at $45.48 Thursday. The stock has traded between $38.44 and $51.11 during the past year.
The Morning Advertiser is reporting an 11% increase in UK & Ireland sales, not the 4.9% fall as reported in the Molson Coors US press release. Odd.
Thursday 10 February 2011
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So its farewell then to the Mitre in Riverside, a Brains pub on the corner of Heath Street/Machen Place in Cardiff. Not that I ever went there or was indeed even aware of its existence until this week. Well not entirely, having seen the photograph on Google Maps I now think that I may have visited there some 10/15 years ago but in those days Riverside had plenty of pubs and now there are hardly any in that area. The street-corner local seems to becoming a thin of the past.
The Cardiffian has more on this, together with some figures on Cardiff pub closures collated by me a couple of years ago. Of course the one thing no one wants to mention as the reason for pub closures is the introduction of the smoking ban. When countries such as Germany, Greece and the Netherlands have reformed the law banning smoking to support their bar industries surely it is time for our law-makers to do something to stimulate the pub industry. The French, as usual, have chosen not to amend the law, but just to ignore it, as they do with most of their laws.
Meanwhile, on another planet, Cooking Lager has revealed what can happen to old pubs. A future use for this Riverside pub perhaps?
Saturday 5 February 2011
Well the small beerex at Neath Cricket Club is going down a storm. Pride of place at this beer festival are beers from the local brewery, Neath Ales and brewer Jay Thomas is here with the rest of his family who he has roped in to work behind the bar! Now Jay is a man who likes his hops and his 6.2% beer Black Falls Republic is dangerously drinkable, packed full of Armarillo hops this pale ale is almost as good as his Green Bullet beer from last year. As well as that beer his Gold, Firebrick, and Black are also on. Its not just a Neath Ales Festival as Champion Beer of Wales winner Otley O Garden is on as well.
All in all this is a great little festival and acts as a good showcase for locsl breweries. One can just hope it will become a regular event.
Friday 4 February 2011
Some news from the Kingstone Brewery of Tintern, Monmouthshire:
"We are holding a one-night only beer festival Kingstone Ale Festival on Saturday 5th February 2011 from 1800-2300. You will be a able to try all our ales. We will also have our delicious stone baked pizza available"
Tel: + 44 (0)1291 680111
Thursday 3 February 2011
Wednesday 2 February 2011
It is the first time I have tried this beer and it does not dissapoint, a black with dark red hues and poured with a tight white head, yes the pub does use swan neck handpumps but there is no problem with this particular beer. A rich dark aroma of treacle and coffee leads to a smooth bittersweet taste and complex aftertaste with some liquorice tones. Chewy, roasted flavours in the finish as well. A surprisingly complex beer but highly enjoyable.
Off to the bar for another I think!
Tuesday 1 February 2011
Neath Ales will also be launching its new range of limited edition seasonal beers, enticingly called Black Falls, a rare cask version of the first beer will be available at the festival, the rest of the time the Black Falls range will be bottled in 330ml bottles. The first beer will be a heavily hopped 6.2% Pale Ale, in the style of the Green Bullet beer they brewed last year (Brew Wales Beer of the Year 2010!) Other Black Falls beers being brewed during the year include a pils and a black lager.
Beer Festival, Saturday 5th February 2011, Neath Cricket Club, The Gnoll Ground, Neath, SA11 3AW
No admission charge,
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