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A thread devoted to Real Ales in Wales

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

  1. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    The Pilot, Mumbles, can and should be added (newly turned into a very good real ale pub, and now with its own very micro Mumbles Breewery).

    Otherwise there are no Swansea decent candidates good enough. Queens Hotel is sometimes excellent, its the only pub anywhere in Swansea selling Theakstons Old Peculier, and it always has that on the bar, but its other guests can be dull, it depends when you visit.

    The Railway in Upper Killay, once and still potentially superb but not currently, needs new owners/management IMO. The Village Inn, in Killay (itself) is very pleasant, and usually but not always has 1 or 2 decent choices. No Sign Wine Bar in Wine St has a great cellar/cellarman and consistently keeps its beer well but needs to up its game towards less standard choices.

    Other than those, we're reduced to relying on the two Wetherspoons places for interesting ale choices.

    I still have hopes that either Neath or Gower breweries, or possibly Rhymney, might buy a central Swansea pub though, that's the real desert in which a revival is needed. There's plenty of run down or closed SA1 shitholes that could be turned around and made a good business of. We're going to ask Mr Gower up at the Greyhound tomorrow if we catch him!

    Apparantly 'Brew Wales' blogger 'Arfur' Daley (organiser of the Great Welsh and someone we know well) was asked by deb last week in Cardiff to talk to Brains (he knows most of their people) about sorting out the Adam and Eve near the station, one of Swansea's few Brains places. If it could start to sell 1 or 2 of the new micro choices from Brains, we'd visit and hold CAMRA meetings there on occasion ...
     
  2. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  3. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    That looks good, enjoy :)

    We'll be in Somerset from tomorrow :D but I'm reminding myself to check the Lansdowne out some other time. I've head some very good reports
     
  4. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Bout time we had a bump, since there's been no action on here since June 20! :eek:

    Blog on the Tiny Rebel site (scroll down to August 15) recently announced they've bought Fire Island (the management company of them and some other Cardiff venues recently went bust).

    Should be up and running again in September. Given the excellence of Tiny Rebel beers (they swept the board for prizes at the Great Welsh Beer Fest in June), this'll surely come as very welcome news for Cardiff based (and visiting :) ) ale-appreciators ....

    Just hope they drop the prices a bit ... :hmm:
     
  5. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    They're also planning an open day/beer festival at the brewery bar (Newport) on Friday 30th and Saturday August 31st ...

    [​IMG]

    Should include other beers as well as their own, we were told. We'll be there on the Saturday afternoon :)
     
  6. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    i tagged you on the Cardiff chitter chatter thread about that!
     
  7. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Ah, missed that :oops: .....

    That Fire Island news is great news anyway ... :cool:
     
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  8. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Opening date now for the venue formerly known as Fire Island

    Next Wednesday -- 25th September

    We'll probably have to delay til October for ££ reasons, but we'll get there ASAP whatever! :cool:
     
  9. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    GLC beer!
    Goldie Looking Ale
    http://tinyrebel.co.uk/blog/2013/09/20/goldie-lookin-ale/
    [​IMG]
     
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  10. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    We've decided we're going to check out the new place this coming Monday (30th) -- we have the day off and could get there no later than 4 pm :)
     
  11. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    now called the Urban Tap House which has an Urban IPA
    not going to dare suggest an Urban meet there, no chance
    [​IMG]
    loadsa cider too!
    http://tinyrebel.co.uk/blog/2013/09/18/urban-tap-house-opening-date/
     
  12. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Yibble yib yib :D :p

    We will be there before 4 on Monday 30th ! It's in our definite plan.
     
  13. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    A plan that was so 'definite' :oops: it's now definitely been rescheduled for tomorrow! (Sunday 6th) :D
     
  14. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    going tonight before gig :p
    beat ya beat ya

    also Andrew Bychan Bar 1 year anniversary today! :)
     
  15. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    I went in there yesterday. They had a dark pale ale @4% nice taste but dark pale ale? Seemed like a contradiction but I am informed that this is not unusual.
     
  16. Gavin Bl

    Gavin Bl terrible awful baaad

    :cool: keep meaning to go in there for a pint of Dark...
     
  17. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    That's got to be the next on our Cardiff 'to go to' list, the Andrew B. Everything we hear rates it well highly :cool:

    We didn't stay as long as we'd have liked in the Urban Tap House on Sunday, but the beer choices were beyond class :)

    We're likely to be back on Sat 19th with (former Urban) paolo999 as part of a mini beer tour of Cardiff. Hopefull we can take in the Andrew Buchan as well ...
     
  18. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    oooh get yooooo
     
  19. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    It's easy for you, you fackin live in Cardiff ... :D

    Admittedly we are badly overdue a visit to the Andrew Buchan -- we heard how good it was AGES ago but shamefully we haven't got there yet ... :oops:
     
  20. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

  21. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  22. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

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  23. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    We'll be there again this coming Saturday (11th)! :)
     
  24. big eejit

    big eejit She looks like Alan Gilzean

    Heading to Cardiff this Sunday. Any recommendations for a pub with good beer and cider for Sunday lunch?
     
  25. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    are you wanting food too?
    Urban Tap house up page has lots of ciders (and beers) and is not far from station
    bit pricey mind, and food isn't sunday lunch style if that is what you are after
     
  26. big eejit

    big eejit She looks like Alan Gilzean

    Thanks. Normally I'd be looking for somewhere that was offering an alternative to traditional Sunday lunch. But we were in the Nova Scotia in Bristol on Sunday watching everyone gnash their roasts, but we'd already eaten. So long and short is now I want a Sunday roast!

    But Urban Taphouse sounds good so I'm sure we'll look in there too.

    In other news hope everyone has signed this to demand gov does something to protect our pubs from greedy pubcos :

    http://www.pubscandal.org.uk
     
  27. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    am vegi so not the best person to advise on sunday lunch locations!
     
  28. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    this can go in here and events people might be interested in!

    Super Furry Animals beer, Fuzzy Beer
    launched on 1 Feb by the Celt Experience Brewery
    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/welsh-rock-icons-super-furry-6530196
     
  29. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    We looked at that one. Looks grand.

    But we have other (1st day of 6 Nations based) stuff strongly planned locally for Sat 1 Feb, so sadly it'll be no wai for us to Caerphilly that dai ... :(

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    However : Mumbles pubs join forces for the Winter Walkabout beer festival

    Started today, going on into the weekend :)

    Part time worker me ;) will be down in Mumbles in the afternoon tomorrow (Fri 24th) somewhere, some time ...

    And I and festivaldeb will be back with a gang of us locally based ale fans on Saturday (25th) too :)
     
  30. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Now on the cards that finally!!!! we really will get to the Andrew Buchan -- our Swansea CAMRA gang have a Cardiff trip planned for Sat March 22nd, and the AB is definitely on the schedule ... was reassured to find as well that March's Bristol Beer Fest**(to which we'll also be heading) is now happening the weekend before (not over the 22nd as I'd previously thought)

    **That's a mini plug for the benefit of Cardiff based ale fans, Bristol is nearby and the beer choice (also cider choice) at that fest will be fantastic ... you have to get pretty organised to secure tickets though.
     

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