Sunday 16 February 2020

Best Beers in Wales 2020

Time for the annual review of websites to find the Best Beer in Wales
 First up is the Anheuser-Busch Inbev subsidiary of Ratebeer:

1 Mabinogion Mead / Superstition 'Hounds of Annwn' Strawberry vanilla 
2 Polly's Brew Fallow Plans 
3 Tiny Rebel Imperial Puft 
4 Loka Polly Souvenirs 
5 Loka Polly Rosa 
6 Polly's Brew Lo-Fi 
7 Tiny Rebel Stay Puft Imperial Chocolate  
8 Tiny Rebel Stay Puft Amplified Imperial 
9 Loka Polly Spur 
10 Tiny Rebel / Siren Dark Cherry & Chocolate Barley Wine 
11 Polly's Brew What Did You Feel IPA 
12 Polly's Brew Fickle 
13 Loka Polly Double IPA Mosaic Simcoe 
14 Polly’s Brew Every Piece Matters 
15 Polly's Brew India Pale Ale El Dorado Deluxe Edition  
16 Polly's Brew Double IPA Azacca Mosaic 
17 Polly's Brew Livewire 
18 Polly's Brew Patternist 
19 Polly's Brew Avery 
20 Loka Polly Petal 
21 Tiny Rebel / Arbor Bonsai 
22 Tiny Rebel Imperial Stay Puft Irish Cream 
23 Tiny Rebel Stay Puft Imperial Salted Caramel 
24 Polly's Brew India Pale Ale Simcoe Mosaic  
25 Tiny Rebel / Deya NEIPA 
26 Polly's Brew Nada 
27 Polly's Brew Rock The Bit 
28 Tiny Rebel / Siren Didgeridank 
29 Polly's Brew On & On & On 
30 Tiny Rebel Clwb Tropicana 
31 Loka Polly Stout Citra Columbus 
32 Polly's Discount Jazz Hour 
33 Tiny Rebel What's Cooler Than Being Cool 
34 Polly's Brew Here We Are, Again 
35 Tiny Rebel Stay Puft Chocolate 
36 Polly's Brew India Stout Ekuanot 
37 Tiny Rebel Loki Lite 
38 Tiny Rebel Captain Insano 
39 Tiny Rebel Hadouken 
40 Loka Polly India Pale Ale El Dorado Simcoe 
41 Tiny Rebel / Dark Star Rebel Alliance 
42 Loka Polly Pale Ale Citra El Dorado 
43 Loka Polly India Pale Ale El Dorado Mosaic 
44 Loka Polly India Pale Ale Citra Columbus 
45 Loka Polly Wilt Double India Pale Ale 
46 Crafty Devil You Love Us 
47 Polly's Brew Grow, Deliver And Repeat 
48 Tiny Rebel / Fierce Beer Orange Mocha Frapp Stout 
49 Tiny Rebel Stay Puft 
50 Tiny Rebel Dirty Stop Out 

Polly's and Tiny Rebel dominating amongst Ratebeer users
Ratebeer also list the top places to drink in Wales:
1. Tiny Rebel Cardiff (91)
2. BrewDog Cardiff (88)
3. Hopbunker (87)
4. City Arms (Brains) (84)
5. Tiny Rebel Newport (83)
6. Fire & Ice (81) Good to see a Narberth outlet here!
7. Beelzebubs (80)
8. Clytha Arms (80)
9. Vinomondo (80)
10. Albion Ale House (79)

Meanwhile on Untappd:
  1. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co Imperial Salted Caramel Stay Puft
  2. Polly's Brew Co. Nada
  3. Polly's Brew Co. Rosa
  4. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co Imperial Chocolate Stay Puft
  5. Polly's Brew Co. Spur
  6. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co Imperial Irish Cream Stay Puft
  7. Polly's Brew Co. Lo-Fi
  8. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co Amplified Imperial Stay Puft
  9. Polly's Brew Co Fallow Plans
  10. Polly's Brew Co. Every Piece Matters
  11. Polly's Brew Co. Dream Like Sequence
  12. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co Imperial Puft
  13. Polly's Brew Co. Chinook Mosaic Double IPA
  14. Polly's Brew Co. Mosaic Simcoe Double IPA
  15. Polly's Brew Co. Deluxe Edition
  16. Polly's Brew Co. On & On & On
  17. Polly's Brew Co. Patternist
  18. Polly's Brew Co. Citra Simcoe Double IPA
  19. Polly's Brew Co. Livewire
  20. Polly's Brew Co. Wilt
  21. Polly's Brew Co What Did You Feel?
  22. Polly's Brew Co. Souvenirs
  23. Polly's Brew Co. Azacca Mosaic Double IPA
  24. Polly's Brew Co. Simcoe Waimea Double IPA
  25. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co What's Cooler Than Being Cool?
  26. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co Salted Caramel Stay Puft
  27. Polly's Brew Co. Discount Jazz Hour
  28. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co Didgeridank
  29. Polly's Brew Co. The Feels Vol. 2
  30. Polly's Brew Co. Simcoe Mosaic IPA
  31. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co Dark Cherry & Chocolate Barleywine
  32. Polly's Brew Co. Ekuanot Mosaic Double IPA
  33. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co Dodge, Dip, Duck, Dive And Dulce
  34. Polly's Brew Co. Who Knew?
  35. Polly's Brew Co. Petal
  36. Polly's Brew Co. Kyra
  37. Polly's Brew Co. The Feels
  38. Polly's Brew Co Citra Ekuanot India Pale Ale
  39. Polly's Brew Co. Rock the Bit
  40. Polly's Brew Co.Cassie
  41. Polly's Brew Co. El Dorado Mosaic India Pale Ale
  42. Polly's Brew Co. Citra Columbus India Pale Ale
  43. Polly's Brew Co. Phase Shift
  44. Polly's Brew Co Citra Simcoe India Pale Ale
  45. Polly's Brew Co Citra Mosaic India Pale Ale
  46. Polly's Brew Co Here We Are, Again
  47. Polly's Brew Co Fickle
  48. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co Chocolate Stay Puft
  49. Polly's Brew Co. Citra Double IPA
  50. Polly's Brew Co An Original Mix
Polly's Brewery dominating there with Tiny Rebel coming up second
According to Untappd "A beer must have 150 ratings or more to qualify for this list".

Untapped also produce a list of top breweries in Wales, according to them "A brewery must have at least 1,000 ratings and at least 5 beers in their portfolio to qualify for this list." Their top Welsh breweries are:
  1. Polly's Brew Co.
  2. Dog's Window Brewery
  3. Lucky 7 Beer Co
  4. Crafty Devil Brewing Co
  5. BeerRiff
  6. Wild Horse Brewing Co
  7. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co
  8. Top Rope Brewing
  9. Tenby Brewing Co
  10. Rival Brewing Co.
  11. PIPES™
  12. Lines Brew Co.
  13. Hopcraft Brewing
  14. Wilderness Brewery
  15. Newtown, Powys Wales
  16. Grey Trees Brewery
  17. The Waen Brewery
  18. Gwynt y Ddraig
  19. Cwrw Cader
  20.  Heavy Industry Brewing
  21. Geipel Brewing
  22. Purple Moose Brewery (Bragdy Mŵs Piws)
  23. Velvet Owl Brewing Co.
  24. Brew Monster
  25. Lithic Brewing
  26. Llangorse, Brecon Wales
  27. Untapped Brewing Company
  28. Mad Dog Brewing Co
  29. Penperlleni, Monmouthshire Wales
  30. Gower Brewery
  31. Mantle
  32. Glamorgan Brewing Co
  33. Cwrw Llŷn
  34. Tenby Harbwr Brewery
  35. Cwrw Ial Community Brewing Company
  36. Hallets
  37. Hafod Brewing Company
  38. Bragdy Twt Lol
  39. Big Hand Brewing Co
  40. Caffle Brewery
  41.  Kingstone Brewery
  42. Tintern, Monmouthshire Wales
  43. Pixie Spring Brewery
  44. VOG Brewery
  45. Tomos & Lilford
  46.  Mumbles Brewery
  47. Conwy Brewery
  48. Great Orme Brewery
  49. Bragdy Nant Brewery
  50. Tudor Brewery
  51.  Bluestone Brewing Co.
  52. Tomos Watkin and Sons Ltd.
  53. Swansea, Wales Wales
  54. Brewhouse & Kitchen - Cardiff
  55. Cold Black Label

Once again, over at Beer Advocate, no Welsh beers make it into the top 100 but for the first time they do now have a top list of Welsh beers:

  1. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co. Hadouken
  2. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co. Stay Puft
  3. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co. Clwb Tropicana
  4. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co. Cali
  5. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co. Urban IPA, Not brewed for a few years!
  6. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.Cwtch
  7. Purple Moose Brewery Dark Side Of The Moose
  8. Hurns Brewing Co Tomos Watkin's Cwrw Hâf
  9. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.Dirty Stop Out
  10. Brains Dark
  11. Felinfoel Brewery Co. Thames Welsh ESB
  12. English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) -
  13. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co The Full Nelson
  14. .Hurns Brewing Co Tomos Watkin Old Style Bitter 
  15. Otley Brewing Company O9 Blonde
  16. Brains Original Stout
  17. Hurns Brewing Co Tomos Watkin's Cwrw Braf
  18. Brains Bitter
  19. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co. FUBAR
  20. Brains Craft Brewery Boilermaker
  21. Purple Moose Brewery Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)
  22. English Pale Mild Ale
  23. Brains The Rev. James
  24. Brains Craft Brewery Barry Island IPA 6% version, was 5% last time I tried it
  25. Brains SA Gold
  26. Brains Black
  27. Brains SA
  28. Felinfoel Brewery Co.Double Dragon
  29. Tiny Rebel Brewing Co. Frambuzi 
  30. Conwy Brewery Welsh Pride 

The Beer Advocate list does seem to be out-of-date, with beers that have not been brewed for years on it, and the sadly gone Otley Brewery appearing on it.

Lastly to CAMRA, who once again are trying their best to hide the winners of their Champion Beer of Wales competition, with out-of-date information and broken links on their national website and a non-functioning local website. Again no press release of the winners was issued. Anyway, enough moaning about that increasingly sleazy and irrelevant organisation and here are their 2019 winners:

Winner – Rhymney Brewery, Dark
Runner Up – Facer’s Brewery, Mountain Mild
Old Ale/Strong Mild
Winner – The Untapped Brewing Company, Ember
Runner Up – Purple Moose Brewery/Bragdy Mŵs Piws, Dark Side of the Moose
Winner – Grey Trees Brewery, Valley Porter
Runner Up – Tiny Rebel Brewing Co., Stay Puft
Winner – Boss Brewing Company, Black
Runner Up – MadDog BrewingCo, Stouty McStout Face
Strong Bitters
Winner – Grey Trees Brewery, Afghan Pale Ale
Runner Up – Montys Brewery, Mischief
Winner – Rhymney Brewery, Hobby Horse
Best Bitter
Winner – Glamorgan Brewing Co., Jemima’s Pitchfork
Runner Up – Cwrw Ial Community Brewing Company, Kia Kaha!
Golden Ale
Winner – Grey Trees Brewery, Digger’s Gold
Speciality Ale
Winner – Mumbles Brewery Ltd, Oystermouth Stout


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