Brewery Tours and Outings
Being part of <strong>Carmarthen</strong> and <strong>Cardiff</strong> CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has allowed me to go visit Breweries in England and Wales. Breweries visited include the <strong>Purple Moose Brewery</strong>, in Porthmadog in North Wales, the <strong>Evan Evans Brewery</strong> in Llandeilo, South West Wales and the <strong>Kite Brewery</strong> in Gorslas, South West Wales.
The 2013 Carmarthen Beer Festival took part a week later than usual, from Thursday 3rd October to Saturday the 5th. This year we again had over forty real ales to choose from, including offerings from recent new breweries including the Gower Brewery, The Handmade Beer Company and the Mantle Brewery. Old stalwarts, including Bullmastiff's Son of a Bitch and Evan Evans Cwrw were present as ever, alongside Tomos Watkin and Swansea Breweries. We had two excellent bands playing this year. The Blue Street Band played on Friday whilst UBATUBA played on Saturday. The Beer of the Fesitval for 2013 was Osset's Silver King, with Bath Gem and Gower Gold being awarded second and third place respectively. Until the 2014 Beer Festival....
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For the <strong>Carmarthen CAMRA</strong> December Brewery Tour we visited the <strong>Evan Evans Brewery</strong> in <em>Llandeilo</em>. A cold Friday December night it was outside, however we were warmly greeted by <strong>James Buckley</strong>, <em>Assistant Brewer</em> and <strong>Simon Buckley</strong>, the <em>Managing Director</em>.
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In August 2011, on holiday in <strong>North Wales</strong>, I took some time out to visit the <strong>Purple Moose Brewery</strong> in <strong>Porthmadog</strong>. Opened in 2005, the Purple Moose Brewery has become within a few short few years one of the most revered breweries in <em>Wales</em>. Two of their flagship brews, <strong>Glaslyn Ale</strong> and <strong>Dark Side of the Moose</strong> have won numerous awards from within Wales and beyond it's borders. As you can see from some of the pictures I have uploaded, the colour purple features heavily, including on their forklift!
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The newest microbrewery to open in <em>South West Wales</em>, <strong>The Kite Brewery</strong> found itself invaded one Saturday morning by members of the <strong>Carmarthen CAMRA</strong> group. On the day, we sampled three of the Ales they have kindly let us sampled. The Ales included were <strong>Thunderbird</strong>, <strong>Gorslas Ale</strong> and <strong>Cwrw Haf</strong>.
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In the <strong>Friends Arms</strong>, <em>Johnstown</em>, <em>Carmarthen</em>, a new microbrewery aims to supply it's pub with new and challenging brews. After our trip to the <strong>Kite Brewery</strong>, we headed to <strong>The Friends Brewery</strong> to sample their newest creation, <strong>Carnival Ale</strong>.
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