Monday 31 August 2015

Swansea gets crafty as Waen Brewery open Gravity Station 2 in the City

The award-winning Waen Brewery of Llanidloes have opened their second pub after the success of their Gravity Station in Cardiff.
The former keg bar the Strand, on, surprisingly the Strand, which runs parallel to Wind Street, has only just opened and offers up to 7 real ales and up to 12 different keg beers as well a wide range of bottled beers to take home or drink onside.
The outside of the pub resembles the usual 1920s redesign of Swansea pubs and this building was originally the site of the Cornish Mount pub way back in the 1870s, before that the river Towy lapped the doorstep of the pub, the river course was deepened and narrowed to allow larger ships access to the copper works upriver.
Expect beers from Waen, Hopcraft etc as well as a real cider.
Entertainment is supplied by a record player!

Monday 24 August 2015

Swansea Bay Beer & Cider Festival Beer List

It's the Swansea Bay Beer & Cider Festival this Thursday to Saturday in the Brangwyn Hall and here is the beer list

Beer List & Tasting Notes


BLUE MONKEY, Giltbrook, Notts, England
 Ape Ale 5.4% PA
Strong, pale ale with American hops to give aromas of resinous pine and citrus. 3.5lbs of whole hops for each barrel, to guarantee intense flavour and aromas.
 Right Turn Clyde 4.3% PA
Made with a mix of Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade, creating a refreshing fruity hit but finishing with a smooth lingering bitterness.

BOROUGH, Neath, Swansea, Wales
 Pit Head Porter 5.4% PS
Chocolate nutty porter that is rich and full bodied.
 Triple Bleeder 4.3% G
Amber bitter, full bodied with light, hoppy aroma, blended with American and Czech bittering hops.

BRAINS, Cardiff, Wales.
 Barry Island IPA 6.0% PA
Trio of US hops give a pale-coloured ale with citrus aromas. Smooth malt taste up front finished by citrus and berry hop flavours.
 Black Mountain 5.0%       S
Starts with coffee, liquorice and burnt toffee before big hop flavour then chocolate malts and smoky finish. Amarillo, Pacifica, Citra, Summit and Apollo hops.
 Colonel Williams 6.0% PA
Light amber ale brewed with Maris Otter malt and Goldings hops for a dry bitter and refreshing beer.

BRASS CASTLE, Malton, Yorks
 Bad Kitty 5.5% PS
Chewy chocolate-vanilla porter.

BRECON BREWING, Brecon, Powys, Wales
 Dark Beacons 3.8%   M
Traditional Welsh dark with an aroma of toffee and caramel. Full bodied but surprisingly light and refreshing.
 Orange Beacons 4.3% S
Flavours of a continental wheat beer with orange zesty aroma and flavour. Brewed with Belgian Saison yeast.

 Independence 4.6%     B
US Style pale ale. Very distinctive pale ale that has been hopped continuously throughout the boil.
 Milk Stout 4.5% PS
Smooth chocolatey sweetness and balancing coffee bitterness with hints of dark fruits.

BRYNCELYN, Ystradgynlais, Wales
 Holly Hop 3.9% G
Pale amber with a refreshing hoppy fruity flavour with balancing bitterness.
 Oh Boy! 4.5% B
Hops, fruit, bitterness and background malt. Ends with a long hoppy, bitter aftertaste.

CELT, Caerphilly, Wales.
 Bleddyn 5.6% PA
A commanding IPA balancing bitterness, sweetness and a grapefruit finish.
 Iron Age 3.5% B
A deep aromatic and fruity beer with hints of passion fruit.
 Ogham Oak 8.5% S
Complex flavour with resinous bite, from US hops, spicy esters from Belgian yeast and cinnamon twist from Belgian fruits and spices.
 Silures 4.6% PA
Powerfully hopped with sweet malt and a depth of tropical fruit.


BOSS, Swansea, Wales
 Black 5.0% PS
Roasted coffee, warmed dark chocolate aroma, Black treacle, nuts toasted on the fire, toffee, dark chocolate ganache flavours.
 Blonde 4.0% PA
Blonde Pale Ale, hoppy, bitter, Cascade hops.
 Brave 5.5% PA
Lush tropical fruit cocktail, alluring elderflower and rose aromas. Flavour - zingy grapefruit, zesty citrus, a spicy and piney kick to finish.

GOWER, Oldwalls, Swansea, Wales.
 Black Diamond 4.2% PS
Smoky chocolatey liquorice porter.
 Gold 4.5% G
Thirst quenching golden ale, refreshing citrus flavours and the lovely aroma
of Cascade hops.
 IPA 4.8% PA
Full flavour hoppy IPA.
 Lighthouse 4.5% S
A light, thirst-quenching continental style lager packed with flavour.
 Power 5.5% SB
Traditional IPA with a full hoppy flavour.

MUMBLES, Mumbles, Swansea, Wales
 Gold 4.3% G
Well hopped, with the distinct and bold Styrian Goldings .Lemon & lime flavours linger well.
 India Pale Ale 5.3% PA
A traditional India Pale Ale, light gold in colour and made using only Goldings and Fuggles hops, the latter giving a subtle but distinct taste and aroma.
 Oystermouth Stout 4.4% PS
A rich creamy head and dark roasted malt flavours, with the slightest hint of the sea due to real oysters being added.

PILOT, Mumbles, Swansea, Wales.
 Revolver 4.0% B
Very pale ale loaded with hops. Unfined version with saison yeast may be slightly cloudy.
 Wrecker 5.0% SB
After an initial chocolate taste it develops into a surprising, clean refreshing maltiness.

SWANSEA, Bishopston, Swansea, Wales.
 Bishopswood Bitter 4.3% B
A delicate aroma, balanced taste, with bitterness growing in the finish.
 Deep Slade Dark 4.0% M
Dark bitter, with a roasted barley flavour.
 Original Wood 5.2% SB
Full-bodied, with complex flavours with a firm bitter ending.
 Three Cliffs Gold 4.7% G
Golden beer, with a hoppy, fruity taste and thirst quenching bitterness.

TOMOS WATKIN, Llansamlet, Swansea, Wales.   Cwrw Haf 4.2% PA
A blend of Golding, Fuggle and Cascade hops. Refreshing zesty, citrus taste and a light summer aroma.
 Pecker Wrecker 4.5% B
A full-flavoured amber ale produced using the finest malted barley. A rich fruity beer with a gentle hop finish.


BANK TOP, Bolton, Lancs, England
 DARK MILD 4.0% M
Dark brown, with a malt and roast aroma; smooth with malt and hops throughout

CERDDIN, Maesteg, Mid Glamorgan, Wales.
 Cascade 4.8% B
A summer beer which is light in colour. Cascade is a carbon friendly beer that is flavoured with Cascade hops.
 Ooops 4.5% B
Bitter start, sweet finish.

DANCING DUCK, Derby, Derbyshire, England
 Ay Up 4.1% PA
A pale session ale. Subtle malt and floral notes are matched with citrus hop, rounded off with a slightly dry finish.
 Dark Drake 4.5% PS
Delicious malty, caramel and liquorice flavours combine in a smooth drinking velvety, oatmeal stout with a freshly roasted coffee and toffee finish.

DARK STAR, Horsham, West Sussex, England
 American Pale 4.7% PA
Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops, Maris Otter malt. Light colour and dryness with a crisp taste and full hop aroma.
 Hophead 3.8%     G
Pale golden ale, strong floral aroma and elderflower notes.

ELLAND, Elland, W Yorks, England
 1872 Porter 6.5% PS
Rich, complex and dark Porter from an original 1872 recipe, with an old port nose, and coffee and bitter chocolate flavours on the palate.

EVERARDS, Narborough, Leicestershire, England
 Tiger 4.2% B
Chestnut brown in colour; spicy hop aromas with toffee undertones.

FULLERS, Chiswick, London, England
 ESB 5.5% SB
Northdown, Target, Challenger & Goldings hops give grassy, peppery notes and intense citrus fruit. Pale Ale and Crystal malts for a biscuity, toffee element.

GREY TREES, Red Cow Pub, Aberdare, Wales
 Afghan 5.4% PA
Cascade, Citra and Simcoe hops. Maris Otter malt provides a light colour and dryness to complement the crisp taste and full aroma of the hops.
 Diggers Gold 4.0% G
A modern golden ale — alive with fresh citrus aromas which leave a subtle bitterness. Crafted with Marris Otter Pale Malt, with US hops.

HEAVY INDUSTRY, Henllan, Denbighshire, Wales
 Brew 77 4.9% PA
Heavily hopped (Columbus, Cascade, dry hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe) Flavour of dark Seville marmalade is backed up by a piney, peppery bitterness.
 Diawl Bach 3.8% G
Dry hopped with Amarillo, Cascade and Citra whilst conditioning. Fruity and hoppy.
 Pigeon Toed Orange Peel 5.2% S
Orange wheat beer from Bavarian hops.

HOBSONS, Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire, England
 Champion Mild 3.2% M
Chocolate, malt, and nutty mild flavour. Maris Otter malting barley, pale chocolate malt and crystal malt with Fuggles and Goldings hops.

HOP CRAFT, Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales
 Crema Extrema 5.0%  PS
Dry roasty brew with unmistakable hit of coffee. Hot and cold steeping provide complex coffee character.
 Sick Body Sick Mind 4.5% PA
An extra-pale combo of US hops gives citrus, fruit, tropical and skunky facets to  the beer's character, allied to a bone-dry body and mellow bitterness.
 Statement of Intent 5.9%  PA
Big hoppy IPA.
 Temple of Love 3.8% PA
Fruity, citrusy, punchy hop flavour and beefy bitterness over simple malt base with Munich malt for body and flavour.

KINVER, Kinver, Staffs, England
 Maybug 4.8% S
German style, lager beer
KITE, Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales
 Jemima’s Pitchfork 4.4% G Refreshing crisp pale golden beer brewed with Citra and Eldorado hops giving undertones of citrus, pear and melon.
 WPA 4.1% PA
A blonde ale with fruit and sweet malt, followed by a refreshing dry finish.


LIVERPOOL ORGANIC, Liverpool, England
 Best Bitter 4.2% B
A hoppy beer with citrus notes.
 Shipwreck IPA 6.5% PA
An IPA with intense citrus flavours.

MALVERN HILLS, Malvern, Worcs, England
 Priessnitz Plzen 4.3% S
A draft cask-conditioned Pilsner-style lager brewed in the traditional way.  It is a well-balanced beer; light in colour, with a resinous aromatic finish.

MARBLE, Manchester, England
 Chocolate Marble 5.5%  PS
Brewed with an emphasis on chocolate malts; tasting of coffee, cocoa and liquorice with a bitter finish.
 Earl Grey IPA 6.0%  PA
Addition of Earl Grey flavouring during fermentation and heavy hopping give a citrus fruit aroma. Hop notes are complemented by Bergamot and a light tannic finish.
 Ginger Marble 5.1% S
This full-bodied copper coloured beer displays a delicate blend of cloves, coriander and heaps of fiery ginger.

MOORHOUSE’S, Burnley, Lancashire, England.
 Blonde Witch 4.5% S
Moorhouse’s first ever blonde ale. This beer is as light as you get with a lager colour (minus the bubbles). Smooth and fruity.
 Pendle Witches Brew 5.1%  SB
A full malty flavoured beer with a crisp sweet fruity aftertaste and soft citrus notes.

NEATH ALES, Neath, Swansea, Wales
 Dewi Sant 4.8% PA
Pale, fruity, easy. Enough hop flavour.
 Rattler’s Resolution 4.8% S
Elderflower beer.

OSSETT, Ossett, West Yorkshire, England
 Silver King 4.3% S
Dry citrus Lager-style pale beer. A crisp, dry flavour and a fruity, citrus aroma. 

OTLEY, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales
 O1 4.0% B
Pale straw coloured beer using Brewers Gold and Styrian hops. and5 different hops.
 Hop Angeles 4.8% B
An American red ale with nine different American hops. High bitterness, fruity and crisp.
 Weissen 5.0% S
Light golden naturally cloudy wheat beer. Crisp, clean but distinctive flavours with citrus hop aromas and balanced bitterness.
Dry hopped
PALMERS, Bridport, Dorset, England
 200 5.0%  SB
A copper-coloured full-bodied rich and malty beer with a distinctive hoppy character.

PEERLESS, Birkenhead, Mersyside, England
 Jinja Ninja 4.0% S
Refreshing ginger beer made with fresh root ginger, chilli and lemons.

PURPLE MOOSE, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Wales
 Dark Side Of The Moose 4.6% M
A delicious dark ale with a deep malt flavour from roasted barley and a fruity
bitterness from Bramling Cross hops.
 Madogs 3.7% B
A crisp, malty, reddish coloured session bitter with a dry bitter finish.

RCH, West Hewish, Somerset, England
 Pitchfork 4.3% G
A golden bitter with floral citric hop aroma. It has a hoppy taste which is slightly sweet and fruity.

RINGWOOD, Ringwood, Hants, England
 Boondoggle 4.2% PA
A blonde fruity ale with a citrus punch and a well-balanced fruity taste. English Pale Malt and First Gold and Fuggles hops.
 Fortyniner 4.9% G
A light fresh hop bouquet. Rounded malt taste with strong hop balance, deep, bittersweet finish. Golden, full bodied malted beer.


SALOPIAN, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
 Lemon Dream 4.5% S
A zesty pale delicate lemony beer, brewed using organic lemons which adds subtle aromas and a citrus filled fruity finish.
 Shropshire Gold 3.8% G
A light copper full-flavoured bitter, with a floral aroma and a full hoppy flavour that is balanced by a crisp dry maltiness and a rich finish.

SALTAIRE, Shipley, Yorkshire, England
 Blackberry Cascade 4.8% S
American style pale ale with the floral aromas and strong bitterness of Cascade  and Centennial hops, infused with a hint of blackberries.
 Elderflower Blonde 4.0% S
A refreshing blonde ale delicately infused with the flavour of elderflower.
 Raspberry Blonde 4.0% S
Refreshingly blonde ale delicately infused with raspberry flavours.
SARAH HUGHES, Dudley, West Midlands, England
 Dark Ruby Mild 6.0% M
Clear fruitiness in the aroma, followed by sweet maltiness and slightly bitter finish.

TENBY, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
 Barefoot Blonde 4.6% S
A pale ale with 30% pilsner malt.
 Black Flag Rum Porter 5.2% PS
Black vanilla, spiced with rum.

THORNBRIDGE, Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
 Jaipur IPA 5.9% PA
A citrus dominated IPA, soft & smooth builds to a crescendo of hoppiness with honey. An enduring, bitter finish.

THWAITES, Blackburn, Lancs, England
 Wainright 4.1% G
A well-balanced and very drinkable golden ale.

TIMOTHY TAYLOR, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
 Landlord 4.3% B
A classic strong pale ale with a complex and hoppy aroma. 

WAEN BREWERY, Llanidloes, Powys, Wales
 Chilli Plum Porter 6.1% PS
A dark velvety smooth porter, with luscious plum flavours and a chilli warmth.
 Lemon drizzle 3.7% S
Lemony vanilla flavoured pale ale.
 Pamplemousse 4.2% G
Citrus and grapefruit flavours.
 Snowball 7.0% PS
Chocolate, vanillas and coconut stout

WYE VALLEY, Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England
 Dorothy Goodbody Stout 4.6% PS
Dark full-bodied stout with roasted barley flavours and a dry bitter finish. Coffee notes and plenty of hop flavour.


HARVIESTOUN, Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
 Schiehallion 4.8% S
Lager with a crisp palate and a lingering, fresh, grapefruity finish.

MIGHTY OAK, Malden, Essex, England
 Oscar Wilde 3.7% M
Mellow, nutty, dark mild. Brewed using Maris Otter Pale, Crystal and Black  malts and gently hopped with Challenger.

OAKHAM, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
 Citra 4.2% PA
A light refreshing beer with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry, bitter finish.
 Green Devil IPA 6.0% PA
A hop harvest aroma with tropical fruit. smooth and fruity start, developing into lemon, limes and a citrusy bitterness. Finishes with a crisp dry aftertaste.
 Tranquility 6.5% G
A golden beer which blasts off with powerful grapefruit/citrus aromas and flavours, touching down with an intense and satisfying bitter finish.

SADLERS, Stourbridge, West Midlands, England
 Hop Bomb 5.0% PA
A powerful India Pale Ale, brewed with American Amarillo and Citra Hops. Fragrant, floral, very hoppy with rounded fruit finish.

ST AUSTELL, St Austell, Cornwall, England
 Proper Job 4.5% G
A powerfully hopped golden IPA with citrus grapefruit flavours brewed with a single malt from Maris Otter Pale barley.
TATTON, Knutsford, Cheshire, England
 Gold 4.8% G
A full-tasting, satisfying deep golden ale, with a generous maltiness backed up by a robust hop character.  
 Obscure 5.7% SB
A dark, hoppy, strong ale with a complex malt blend giving an intricate aroma.
 VIPA 6.3% SB
Strong pale ale balancing exotic fruit character with modern British hop aroma. British and European malts, and honey, Bramling Cross and UK Cascade hops.
 White Queen 4.2% S
Belgian white wheat beer, spiced with coriander, Curacao orange peel and cardamom. Naturally cloudy wheat beer.

TINY REBEL, Newport, Gwent, Wales.
 Cwtch 4.6% B
Welsh Red Ale. Citrus and tropical fruit dominate, backed up with caramel malts that balance the moderate bitterness. Six malts, two US hops.
 Dirty Stop Out 5.0% PS
A smoked oat stout. Complex, dark, with hints of smokiness and perfume aromas. A blend of nine malts, firmly hopped.
 Fubar 4.4% PA
A unique schizophrenic beer where you'll face off against floral hoppy flavours up front, leading into a dry spicy bitterness on the back.
 Hadouken 7.4% BW
Amplified IPA. Massively hopped with three American varieties.
 Hank 4.0% PA
US style pale ale with tropical and citrus aromas with low to medium bitterness. Floral flavours with slight caramel and biscuit notes.
 Urban IPA 5.5% PA
A carefully crafted intercontinental blend of hops helps take traditional IPAs to the next level with Urban IPA.

WYE VALLEY, Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England.
 Butty Bach 4.5% G
Golden ale from Maris Otter and Crystal malts, flaked barley, malted wheat, and locally grown Fuggles, Goldings and Bramling Cross hops.


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