Wednesday 4 April 2012

Easter Beer Festival Roundup

First to Cardiff where Brains pubs are hosting a week-long Spring Festival starting on Friday 6th April. Hmm a trip down the Bay may be called for if the snow holds off as its the first time the Wharf, Terra Nova and Salt have done this sort of thing. A first for Barocco, Cardiff Arts and 33 Windsor Place as well.
Full list of pubs here:
Cardiff Arts Institute, 29 Park Place
33 Windsor Place
Goat Major, High Street
The City Arms, 10-12 Quay Street
The Old Arcade, 14 Church Street
Barocco, 12 Wharton Street
The Cottage, 25 St Marys Street
Duke of Wellington, 42 The Hayes
Yard Bar & Kitchen, 42-43 St Marys Street
Terra Nova, Mermiad Quay
Salt, Mermaid Quay
Wharf, Schooner Way

Elsewhere in Cardiff, the Artisan Brewery will be holding their first open day of the year at their brewery on Saturday 7th..
Helles Lager, ALTbeer, Bavarian Wheat, Chocolate Wheat, will be available as well as wine, cider and softdrinks for the non-beer drinking sorts.
Food from the barbie as well withbBurgers, jerk chicken and a veg option too.
The brewery will be hosting its open days each first Saturday of the month for the remainder of the year.
Entry is Free! Bar Serves from 12noon till 9.30pm.

There are rumours of another beer festival in Cardiff but the pub holding it smells of fish and the high-gravity produced beers are not as good quality as beers from other Welsh brewers. Still if the owners of this establishment can't be bothered to tell me about this event then it won't get a mention here!

Heading West, the Coach in Bridgend is also holding a beer festival, and the beer list and pub details are available here.

Just outside of Caerphilly, the White Cross at Groesfaen, CF15 7UT, are also holding their annual beer festival with beers from across the UK.
Beer list: 
Gower Brewery Samson Jack 4.2%
Tiny Rebel (Newport) Urban IPA 5.5% 
Moles Brewery Perle 4.6% 
Vale of Glam Brewery (Barry) Unsinkab-Ale 4.2% 
Wickwar Spring Ale 3.9%

Heart of Wales (Llanwrtyd Wells) Welsh Black 4.4% 
Three Tuns Brewery (Shropshire) Cleric's Cure 5%
Gower Brewery Gower Best 4.5% 
Ruddles County 4.3% 
Tudor (Abergavenny) Blorenge 3.9%.

Vale of Glam Rorke's Draft IPA 4.7%, 
Three Tuns Stout 4.4% 
Wickwar Bob 4%
Next up:
Bryn Celyn Brewery Faster than a Roller Coaster 6.7% 
Bullmastiff Brewery Welsh Black 4.4%
Fullers London Pride 4.2%

Brains Under Milkwood
Moles' Elmos' Fire

Ciders..only 4 but kicking!:
Westcroft Janets Jungle Juice  6%
Rich's Legbender  6% 
Broadoak Traditional Cider 6%

Further North, the Bell, Glangrwyney, Crickhowell, NP8 1EH , is also holding a festival from Friday 6th to Monday the 9th April, with Live music on Saturday and Sunday ( afternoon and evening)

Beers include:
Marston’s Pedigree,
Hook Norton, Hooky Bitter,
Skinners Betty Stoggs,
Black Sheep Best
Hop Back Summer Lightning,
Brains SA Gold, Brains Bitter,
Otley O1,
Brecon Brewing Beacons to the Sea,
Dales Golden Daffodil,
Wooden Hand Brewery Cornish Gribben

Ciders include:
Moles Black Rat,
Weston’s Country Perry, Old Rosie, Traditional Scrumpy
Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon and Fiery Fox.

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