June 3, 2014 by Kay Byrne
This weekend we have got a choice of three beer festivals. The Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival, which is being held at the Millennium Stadium for the first time, opens at 5pm on Thursday (5 June) and goes on until 10.30pm on Saturday night (June 7).
There will be more than 200 real ales from Wales plus plenty of craft ciders, along with food, music and entertainment. Entry costs £10. See the full beer list here and for more details about opening times etc see the website.
Also in Cardiff this weekend is The (Not-So) Tiny Rebel Beer Festival at the The Urban Tap House on Westgate Street in Cardiff. The award winning brewery from Newport will be featuring 55 cask beers, 40 keg beers, 150 bottled beers, 20 ciders plus 40 more in bottles. See the full list here
Tiny Rebel is promising that for many of these beers it will be the first and possibly only time they will see Welsh soil.
Nearer home, The Woodman pub at Blackpill, Swansea, is staging a beer festival and charity weekend from Thursday, 5 June to Sunday, 8 June. There will be 15 ales, four ciders and live entertainment.
Next up is the Pembroke Dock Beer Festival on Friday 13 June – Sunday 15 June at the Station Inn, Pembroke Dock. There will be 20 ales, food and music.
Then the following weekend we can look forward to the Gower Brewery Beer Festival at the Greyhound Inn, Oldwalls, Llanrhidian. It’s on from Friday 20 June – Sunday 22 June. Opening times are from 6pm Fri/Sat, 12 noon Sun. Entry is free and there will be live music. Food and camping available.
In July, there will be the first ever Neath Real Ale and Cider Festival at the Old Town Hall, behind Church Place, Neath. It’s on from 11am to 11pm on Friday 18 July – Saturday 19 July and will showcase 25 real ales and ciders.
Last, but definitely not least, don’t forget to put this in your diary:
Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 August 2014
Swansea Camra Annual Beer and Cider Festival
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.
The 8th Campaign for Real Ale festival to be held in The Brangwyn Hall is back to its regular August Bank Holiday slot after temporarily moving to April last year due to the Brangwyn being refurbished.
Opening times: Thursday – 5pm to 11pm; Friday and Saturday -12 noon to 11pm
Tickets available on the door. No advance tickets. Cost: £3 Camra members and £5 non-Camra. Admission price includes souvenir glass and programme.
Over 100 real ales and ciders will be available. A small range of real lagers will also be included within the beer range which mostly consists of real ales of all varieties e.g. porters, pale ales, wheat beers, bitter.
Live bands will be performing each day and hot and cold food will be available.
(18+ event only, no children admitted.)
If you know about any other beer festivals, please leave a comment below.