CAMRA in Wales' most important date on the Beer calendar starts this week – the Great Welsh Beer & Cider festival. Between Thursday 16th June and Saturday 18th June, the Motorpoint Arena will be teeming full of drinkers who will be able to sample over 150 different Real Ales, 40 Ciders and a range of foreign beers.
I'm looking forward to sampling some gaps from different breweries that I am relatively familiar from my experience at the Carmarthen Beer Festival.
The list of Real Ales is available by clicking the link below:
I have listed below some of the Breweries I'll be paying a visit to at the festival and the Ale's I'll be looking forward to sample over the next three days:
Jumping from the first few Ale's listed is Brains' Strong Ale. A new release, this ale is brewed to a traditional recipe from the early days of the Brewery. More information can be found here on Brains' own website:
Brains – Strong Ale
A Brewery that has a prominent placing at the Carmarthen Beer Festival is Breconshire Brewery. Ysbrid y Ddraig , Cribyn and Ramblers Ruin are a Carmarthen Beer Festival mainstay and are always popular. However, there's a greater range here that I'm looking forward to sampling, including Brecon County Ale and The Mayor's Inspiration.
The Celt Experience
If you have shopped in any Asda's in Cardiff over the last year, you would have noticed that the a Brewery called the Celt Experience has been stocked quite aggressively on their shelves. I've been impressed with the beer's that I have sampled from them - Bronze Ale, Golden Ale and Bleddyn 1075.
I'm looking forward to trying Castle Cream and Native Storm. Hopefully the quality of these Ale's will be even better in cask than the Golden and Bronze Ale that are available in bottles.
Heart of Wales
One brewery that has made an appearance over the last few years in the Carmarthen Beer Festival is the Heart of Wales Brewery. Their Aur Cymru beer has gone down very well at the Festival therefore I'm looking forward to sampling their other Beer's.
I'm sure it will be no surprise that their high alcohol content, High as a Kite beer, at 10.5%, will be a strong seller at the Cardiff Beer Festival.
One of my favourite beers at the Carmarthen Beer Festival is Wye Valley's Butty Bach. Unfortunately, it's the only beer that is available from the brewery that makes an appearance at the festival.
Lucky enough for me, there's always a wide selection of their Real Ale's available at the Cardiff Festival, including Dorothy Goodbody Golden Ale, Stout, Ginger Pride and Hereford Pale Ale.
Well that's it. I've listed some of the Ale's that I'm hoping to sample from the different breweries at the Cardiff Beer Festival. I hope to see you there!