A thread devoted to Real Ales in Wales

Discussion in 'Wales/Cymru' started by William of Walworth, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    cheers,will check that out next time I get down there
     
  2. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Good man, let me know when you're heading down ... :)

    Just a little prompt for ya, and an advertising-bump! :D

     
  3. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    We went to the Pilot again today (walked it too -- almost five mostly seafront miles from our bit of Swansea to Mumbles)

    Beers were cracking especially the Gower Brewery choices :cool:

    Landlord told us that the brewery equipment for the incipient micro in the Pilot is due to be delivered early this coming week. Rob (the brewer) wasn't around today, but apparantly, landlord said, he hopes to have new beers on tap by 'early April'. Even a suggestion that we might have sample cask available for our beer festival (see above).

    I'm still slightly sceptical that it will happen quite as promptly as that, but all looking positive generally :) :cool:

    Oh yes ... several weeks ago, The Pilot won Swansea CAMRA pub of the year 2013, on a landslide .... and that was well before the new microbrewery happens ...

    Neath/Port Talbot branch POTY was, as ever, the excellent Ancient Briton.
     
  4. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Update on the new Mumbles micro in the Pilot -- equipment being installed THIS WEEK so there'll definitely be more on that soon :cool:
     
  5. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Cakehole Presley has now cancelled I'm afraid. Shame because they're an exellent band but I hear of some troubles ... :(

    We've replaced them with a genuinely superb band from Neath/Swansea -- the Brothel Creepers. Cracking Rock n Roll (Chuck Berry and suchlike) they got everyone going at the beerfest here last year :)

    We're well lucky they were available at such short notice. Only two weeks now until our first day!
     
  6. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    In the 80s the Pilot was the last pub on the Mumbles Mile, it was always messy in there on a Saturday night :D now the students seem to have left Mumbles, I'm guessing it is alright in there now - especially with ale on tap.
     
  7. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    The customer age profile these days is erm .... older than student! :p

    Nice 'n respectable too. That'll be the ale helping :cool:
     
  8. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    Do drinkers of real ales in wales ever go off the rails or tell tall tales?
     
  9. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Oh no. Never happens at all! ;)
     
  10. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  11. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  12. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    That looks cool, be interesting to see which brewery brings that beer out, we'll keep an eye.

    Definitely finding that Fire Island is getting very mixed reactions, can see why as well.

    We were lucky enough to pick up their loyalty-discount cards though, that take £1= off the pint on each visit, however rarely you go. So that sweetens the iffy decor pill -- and the beer choice is good after all.
     
  13. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Festival opens 5 pm tomorrow (Thursday 4th April) and continues until Saturday.

    We were very busy sitting up Monday and especially yesterday, when all the beer and cider were delivered. Use the link above to check the lists -- they choice is better and more varied this year (IMO) than ever before :cool: :)
    (Not quite so much to do today -- I don't need to go down until a bit later).

    Wales's second biggest beer festival! And a rare chance in Swansea to sample a properly quality choice of beer :)
     
  14. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    what Ciders Cymraeg have you got and any gluten free beer?
    good luck
     
  15. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Ahh sorry man. We were so supremely busy all last week, before, during (especially!) and for takedown after, that I was hardly at home at all, and almost never on here.

    Then, when I was (on Monday), it was all about Thatchdeath, so I've only just seen your post :oops:

    For a historical view of the ciders we had, and so many sold out very quickly!!, see this list

    Damned good mix of Welsh and nonWelsh scrumps there I'd say :cool:
     
  16. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Should report as well that this year's Swansea Bay Beer and Cider Fest was the most successful since it was moved to the Brangwyn Hall back in 2007.

    All but a tiny amount of beer/cider sold out, numbers attending were very healthy on all three days.

    :cool: :cool: :cool: :)
     
  17. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    top 20 Wales pubs from poll on Walesonline
    sure there'll be some arguments!

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/20-best-pubs-wales-2013-4008538
     
  18. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    In order of merit terms, the Ancient (no 20) surely deserves to be higher up than that

    But there's loads on that list I've not made it to, tbf.
     
  19. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Great Welsh Beer Festival 2013 starts in Cardiff this very Thursday (6th June). Can't make it there on the first day (funeral :( ) but we'll be up daytime Friday and probably Saturday too :)
     
  20. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    Thursday! :eek:
     
  21. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  22. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Heading down to the Great Welsh at any point?
     
  23. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    hope so, think stuff planned at some point elsewhere so :hmm:
    totally missed it was this Thurs :facepalm:

    just noticed i've actually got a folded up flyer for it on my desk in front of me :oops: blydi el!
     
  24. Plumdaff

    Plumdaff joy in people

    We went to Gwaelod Y Garth yesterday for a fantastic lunch at the Gwaelod Inn. They've also got their own micro brewery, my other half said their Zig Zag was pretty good.

    We might get down briefly at the weekend, on holiday the following week so not really got the time or funds to do it properly :-(
     
  25. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Es gibt Zeit

    if all else fails, try wales
     
  26. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Now looks like we'll be catching the 11:28 from Swansea tomorrow morning (Friday 7th) to head to the Great Welsh BF. There from around 12:30 onwards, then! :D :eek:
     
  27. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Tiny Rebel swept the board in the best beers of the festival awards on Friday. Gold, silver and bronze! :eek:

    I wondered 'stitch up?'. But OK I was pissed. Theirs are great beers, but surely others there could have competed more .... :hmm:
     
  28. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    One thing that struck me this time at the GWBF, was that there was a far higher proportion of Welsh beers (and ciders) than in previous years. A lot of them are excellent so no real complaints, but at Swansea we tend to balance a mix of Welsh and non Welsh beers, giving people opportunities to taste things they'll rarely see in Swansea/South Wales. I prefer our approach, but I can see the other argument too , after all some of those new Weslsh brewers are very micro, needing the exposure/encouragement, and themselves producing very hard to find stuff themselves.

    So in other words I have mixed feelings ... :confused:

    Saturday was so warm and nice that we didn't go back to the Fest despite our intention to. We went to Taffs Well to the Gwaelod-Y-Garth instead to take advantage of the sunshine and views up there. We also walked down to Fagins :)

    Tomorrow eve (Tuesday) we're on a coach to the Otley Brewery :cool:

    Friday to Sunday we'll be at the Gower Folk Festival, now held back in its original home, the Greyhound Inn in Oldwalls (home for the last few months of the excellent Gower Brewery, guess why we decided to go this year :D ). Weather looking distinctly dodgy for this w/e :( , but we'll take the hit at a small festival in return for a drier Glastonbury ... :eek:
     
  29. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Otley Brewery coach got cancelled (transport company let us down! :mad: ) and conditions on the Gower for Friday and Sunday (Saturday slightly better probably) look 'fresh and lively' to say the least :(

    </needs pint :( >
     
  30. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

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