What are you doing in Cardiff on the 7 till the 9th June? hint may involve beer

Well you will mostly find me at the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Hope to see you there – I will be the bloke with the I love sheds tshirt on – I have a few so not wearing the same one each day 😉

anyway here is Provisional List of Breweries and beers

I was looking forward to my first pint of Bullmastiff Welsh Black since last year – but it’s not on 🙁 but the Brains Strong Ale was nice last time and Saltire Triple Chocoholic is a festival fav, and great to see a full range of newport’s Tiny Rebel beers – as only tried two so far.

Abbeydale Absolution 5.3
Abbeydale Moonshine 4.3
Acorn Barnsley Bitter 3.8
Acorn Gorlovka Imperial Stout 6.0
Acorn IPA 5.0
Big Bog
Brains All at Sea 5.2
Brains British Summer 4.1
Brains Dark 3.5
Brains SA 4.2
Brains SA Gold 4.7
Brains Strong Ale 6.5
Brains Barry Island IPA 6.0
Brains Jack Black 4.3
Brains Organ Morgan 4.0
Brecon Beacons to the sea 4.1
Brecon Bright Beacons 4.5
Brecon Bronze Beacons 3.9
Brecon Diamond Beacons 4.3
Brecon Genesis 1.ii The Prophet’s Porter 5.6
Brecon Gold Beacons 4.2
Brecon Twilight Brecon 4.0
Brecon Wandering Beacons 5.0
Breconshire Ramblers Ruin 5.0
Bryncelyn Buddy Marvellous 4.0
Bryncelyn Holly Hop
Bryncelyn Oh Boy 4.5
Bullmastiff Son of a Bitch
Bullmastiff Welsh Red
Celt Experience Bleddyn 5.6
Celt Experience Bronze
Celt Experience Golden 4.2
Celt Experience Native Storm 4.4
Celt Experience Silures 4.6
Cerddin Cascade 4.8
Conwy Beechcomber Blonde 4.2
Conwy Cwrw Mel 4.5
Copper Dragon Black Gold 3.7
Copper Dragon Challenger 4.0
Copper Dragon Golden Pippin 3.9
Elland 1872 Porter 6.5
Elland Bargee 3.8
Elland Nettlethrasher 4.4
Facer’s Clwyd Gold
Facer’s Dave’s Hoppy Beer 4.3
Facer’s Landslide 4.9
Felinfoel Double Dragon 4.2
Gloucester Dockside Dark 5.2
Gloucester Gloucester Gold 3.9
Gloucester Mariner 4.2
Gower Gold 4.5
Great Orme Celtica 4.5
Great Orme Welsh Black 4.0
Grey Trees Rechabites Bitter 4.0
Heart of Wales Aur Cymru
Heart of Wales High as a Kite
Heart of Wales Irfon Valley 3.6
Heart of Wales Welsh Black 4.4
Ilkley Best 4.0
Ilkley Black 3.7
Ilkley Mary Jane 3.5
Jacobi Light Ale 3.8
Jacobi Red Squirrel 4.0
Kelham Island Kelham Best 3.8
Kelham Island Pale Rider 5.2
Kelham Island Riders on the Storm 4.5
Kingstone 1503 4.8
Kingstone Stout 4.4
Kite Cwrw Haf 4.1
Kite Gold Wing 4.2
Kite Thunderbird 4.5
Leeds Leeds Best 4.3
Leeds Midnight Bell 4.8
Leeds Yorkshire Gold 4.2
Llangollen Grange No1 3.2
Monty’s Midnight Stout 4.0
Monty’s Mischief 5.0
Monty’s Sunshine 4.2
Nant Mwnci Nell 5.5
Neath Black 5.5
Neath Gold 5.0
Ossett Silver King 4.3
Ossett Yorkshire Blond 3.9
Otley Croeso 4.2
Otley Motley Brew 7.5
Otley O Garden 4.8
Otley O1 4.0
Otley O3 Boss 4.4
Otley O4 Columbo 4.1
Otley O5 Gold 5.0
Otley O6 Porter 6.6
Otley O7 Weissen 5.0
Otley O8 8.0
Otley Oxymoron Black IPA 5.5
Otley Thai Bo 4.6
Pixie Spring
Plassey Mild 4.2
Preseli Baggywrinkle 4.5
Purple Moose Dark Side of the Moose 4.6
Purple Moose Glaslyn 4.2
Purple Moose Snowdonia 3.6
RCH East St Cream 5.0
RCH PG Steam 3.9
RCH Pitchfork 4.2
Rhymney Export 5.0
Rhymney Gold
Rhymney Hobby Horse 3.8
Rudgate Battleaxe 4.2
Rudgate Ruby Mild 4.4
Rudgate Viking 3.8
Saltire Raspberry Blond 4.0
Saltire Triple Chocoholic 4.8
Sandstone Edge
Swansea Deep Slade Dark 4.0
Timothy Taylor Dark Mild 3.5
Timothy Taylor Landlord 4.3
Tiny Rebel Cwtch 4.6
Tiny Rebel Dirty Stop Out 5.0
Tiny Rebel Doc Brown 3.8
Tiny Rebel Fubar 4.4
Tiny Rebel Full Nelson 4.8
Tiny Rebel Hadouken IPA 7.4
Tiny Rebel Urban IPA 5.5
Tomos Watkin Brewery Bitter 4.0
Tomos Watkin Chwarae Teg 4.1
Tomos Watkin Cwrw Haf 4.2
Tomos Watkin OSB 4.5
Tomos Watkin
VoG Cwrw Dewi
VoG Wheats Occurrin 5.0
Waen Blackberry Stout 3.8
Waen Chilli Plum Porter 6.1
Waen First of the Summer Waen 3.9
Wentworth Bumble Beer 4.3
Wentworth Oatmeal Stout 4.8
Wentworth Rampant Gryphon 6.2
Wye Valley DG Lager
Wye Valley DG Stout 4.2
Wye Valley HPA 4.0
York Centurion’s Ghost 5.4
York Guzzler 3.6
York Yorkshire Terrier 4.2
Zero Degrees Mango 4.5
Zero Degrees Pilsner 4.8


Best cask beer in Wales is Otley O-Garden

Well done to the Otley team they were happy yesterday, and today after the announcement at the Great British Beer Festival that their Brew O-Garden has won best cask ale in Wales.

Its a great wheat beer with similar tones to a certain Belgium beer.

Otley happy lot

I wonder if COLUMBO was up for it that’s another great Otley beer.

but if they brewed that new beer by MelissaCole thai-bO I would vote for that all day.


Great Welsh Beer & Cider festival 2010 – in colour sort of

Had a great time today – here are some photos.

view the rest over at this linky

the reason I say in colour sort of is due to the harsh light in the CIA, of course a bad workman always blames his tools:)


Judging Cider at the Great Welsh Beer & Cider festival – someones got to do it

I was kindly asked by arfurD to help judge the best cider at this years festival.

There was some wonderful ones and sometimes wish we had more time.. but the overall champion was …you will have to wait as we were just regional monkeys.


If you are around (festival info here)

Then worth sampling the cider as well as the beer as there are some wonderful local producers from Wales and the Borders.

Some ABVs missing but they tend to be around 6%

Rosie’s Triple D Medium 7.20%
Rosie’s Triple D Wicked wasp 7.40%
Rosie’s Triple D Black Bart 7.20%
Rosie’s Triple D Perry 5.40%
Berriew Bettws Dry
Berriew Maldwyn Medium
Wm Watkins Cider Oak 6.30%
Wm Watkins Cider Whisky 7.00%
Wm Watkins Perry 6.10%
Springfield Old Barn
Springfield Farmhouse
Springfield Dabinett
Gwatkin Yarlington Mill 7.50%
Gwatkin Blakeney Red 7.50%
Gwatkin Norman 7.50%
Seidr O Sir Cantref 6.30%
Seidr O Sir Maes Edwy 6.30%
Seidr O Sir Bettws 6.30%
Ross on Wye Cider 6.50%
Ross on Wye Perry 6.00%
Dan Y Graig Dry Cider 6.00%
Dan Y Graig Medium Dry 6.00%
Cjs Cider
Cjs Surprise Cider
Cjs Perry
Troggi Cider Medium Dry
Troggi Cider Cider
Troggi Perry Perai
Mad Hatters Nine Holes 5.00%
Mad Hatters Second in Lime 5.00%
Orchards Cider 5.80%
Old Monty Kingstone Black
Old Monty
Penallt Perry Capsy Wennet 5.50%
Upper House Farm Oak 6.00%
Rathays Painted Lady 4.50%
Hartlands Farmhouse Perry 5.80%
Green Valley Rum Tiddly Tum 7.00%
Llanblethian Orchards Pick n’ mix Perry 7.00%
Llanblethian Orchards Hendre Huffcap 7.00%
Llanblethian Orchards Dry Cider
Three Saints Nice Boys 5.50%
Three Saints Divine 3.60%
Three Saints Scrum 6.20%
Palmers Upland Cyder Attercop 7.00%
Palmers Upland Cyder Bingo Bongo 6.50%
Palmers Upland Cyder Strawberry Norman 6.00%
Blaengawney Farm Heartbreaker 7.00%
Blaengawney Farm Blindfold 6.70%
Blaengawney Farm National Treasure 5.60%
Blaengawney Farm Blakeney Red Perry 4.00%
Raglan Cider Mill Barney’s Best 4.60%
Raglan Cider Mill Blakeney Red Perry 4.50%
Raglan Cider Mill Sweet Perry 4.50%
Seidr Dai Blakeney Red Perry 5.20%
Seidr Dai Tumper’s/nailer/Berllanderi Blend 5.60%
Seidr Dai Hellen’s Early Perry 4.90%
Seidr Dai Raglan’s Rarest Cider 3.90%