March 25, 2014 by Kay Byrne
The No Sign Wine Bar on Wind Street, Swansea, is holding an Easter Ale and Cider Festival from 16-19th April 2014.
Sample over 25 award winning and unique real ales and ciders from South Wales and beyond – see the list below.
Local brews from Gower, Mumbles and Neath will be in illustrious company, with a selection of the finest ales from nationally renowned breweries such as Thornbridge, Otley and Tiny Rebel available.
They are also making sure all real cider fans are catered for with the best that Gwynt-y-Ddraig, the Welsh Cider company have to offer.
There will also be live music every evening. Entry is £2 and that includes a glass and a guide. Card carrying Camra members will receive free tokens.
The Village Inn at Killay is also holding an Easter festival from Friday, 18 April – Monday, 21 April 2014.
The Boars Head at Tyla Garw, Pontyclun and The Coach, Cowbridge Road, Bridgend, are also holding Easter beer festivals from 18-20th April.
No Sign beer festival list
Snowdonia Ale 3.6%
A delightfully refreshing pale ale brewed with a delicate combination of aromatic hops. CAMRA Champion Winter Beer of Britain Competition 2013.
Dark side of the Moose 4.6%
A delicious dark ale with a deep malt flavour from roasted barley & a fruity bitterness from Bramling Cross hops. SIBA Wales & West 2012 – Silver: overall champion, Gold old ales.
Thornbridge Jaipur IPA 5.9%
A citrus dominated India Pale Ale; its immediate impression is soft & smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring bitter finish. SIBA Beer March 2013: Gold – strong bitters & IPA keg.
Bright Beacons 4.5%
A straw coloured best bitter, packed with a multitude of hops for full, satisfying drinking experience.
A unique schizophrenic beer where you’ll face off against floral hoppy flavours up front, leading into a dry spicy bitterness on the back.
Dirty Stop Out 5%
Dirty Stop Out is a smoked oat stout that has all the characteristics of a heavy night out – Complex, dark, with hints of smokiness and perfume aromas. A blend of 9 malts matched up with a firmly hopped back bone makes this a very self-assured stout.
Urban IPA 5.5%
A carefully crafted intercontinental blend of hops helps take traditional IPAs to the next level with Urban IPA.
Cwtch is a Welsh Red Ale. 6 malts, 2 US hops and weeks of Tiny Rebel love and attention go into making this unique beer.
Malicious Rumour 6.5%
A wonderfully warming, fruity and full bodied strong dark bitter. Gower Rumour’s evil twin!
Gower IPA 4.5%
A mouth-watering explosion of hoppy flavours and bitterness combined with a blast of hoppy citrus aroma. A classic triple hopped IPA.
Gower gold 4.5%
Thirst quenching golden ale, refreshing citrus flavours and the lovely aroma of cascade hops.
Dark age 4%
Elegant smooth chocolate and caramel body with a spice finish.
09 blonde 4.8%
A clear wheat beer spiced with roasted orange peels, coriander and cloves. Good hop aromas with a subtle bitterness.
01 original 4%
Pale straw coloured bitter using Brewers Gold and Styrian Hops, makes for an easy quaffing session bitter.
Motley brew 7.5%
Big hop aromas and high bitterness giving a classic IPA mouth feel.
Dragons revenge 4.5%
Cwrw Gorslas 4%
A traditional bitter with an accomplished balance & a spicy resinous aroma
A well rounded pale ale with citrus flavours & hints of pine, finished with a clean hoppy bitterness
Bullring porter 4.6%
Dark brown aromas of coffee and chocolate truffle. Taste is a pleasant sweetness which has a slightly more malty finish.
Bluestone bitter 4%
Clear amber in colour with aromas of orange blossom honey and crystal malt. A fine session bitter.
A classic, English style IPA with Fuggles hops.
Mumbles mile 3.8%
This session beer is light in colour but big on taste.
Marvellous medicine 4.4%
Finely balanced golden ale, crisp and refreshing.
Neath ales most popular beer is an amber coloured session bitter. Malt is soon overtaken by a classic British hop flavour & a distinctive refreshing aftertaste
Swansea brewing company
3 cliffs gold 4.7%
Hoppy, well-balanced and fresh, with a slight bitterness. Distinct citrus aftertaste.
Brains Craft Brewery
We are pleased to be the first independent Swansea outlet of Brains’ range of Craft ales.
Little Sipper 3.5%
This sessionable IPA has light malt flavours that combine with a crisp bitterness and aromas of grapefruit, apricot, citrus and fresh pine-needles from the use of Cluster, Mounthood, Liberty and Pallisade hops.
Ciders and Perries
Rosie’s Triple D
Black Bart’s Cider 7.2% (Sweet)
Sweet without being ‘sickly’ this popular cider is farm pressed and matured in rum oak barrels. Won a gold star at the British true taste competition
CJ’s Surprise 5% (Medium)
A superbly natural copper colour with a rich apple aroma, moderate sweet apple flavour followed by sour apples & a gentle acidity, Surprise won a silver medal at CAMRA’s National Cider & Perry championships 2013
Raglan Cider Mill
Hanky Panky 6.3% (Medium)
Whisky cask medium cider. Won bronze at the welsh perry & cider championships 2013: Oak Cask Draught Cider
Tawny Owl Perry 6.8% (Medium)
A refreshing medium perry.
Seidr o Sir Maes Ebwy
O Sir Dry Cider 6.3% (Dry)
Spicy apple aromas with strong alcoholic notes. Hazy orange in colour.
Troggi Perry 6.5% (Medium Dry)
Plenty of excellent juicy pear character on show here in the nose and taste.
Troggi Cider 6.1% (Dry)
Lovely dry and tart apples with slight earthy notes. Straight forward but a good wooden sourness in the finish and a tarty aftertaste really give it something to get stuck into.
Mynediad Ysbyty Cider
Mynediad Ysbyty 6%(Dry)
A very palatable and flowery cider that goes down easily.