Swansea Camra day out at Tanners Arms beer festival

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June 3, 2014 by Kay Byrne

pete-samSwansea Camra members had a great day out on Saturday, May 24 on a trip to the beer festival at The Tanners Arms in Defynnog near Sennybridge.

After a 30-mile trip up the Swansea Valley through heavy rain, there was a warm welcome waiting when our minibus arrived the country pub, which was Brecknockshire Camra’s pub of the year in 2012 and 2013.

With more than 20 real ales and eight craft ciders to choose from (see the beer list here), the hours passed away very pleasantly and when we were in need of more substantial refreshment, the bar food menu offered many choices including a giant Yorkshire pudding stuffed with sausages, mash and gravy.

Our favourite beers were Tiny Rebel’s Extra Light Pale Ale and Ellands’s Bora Bora.

Bora Bora is a deep-red, robust malt; a ripe, fruit-flavoured premium beer (4.3%), while EXPA is an experimental beer using the newly developed Extra Light Pale Malt that gives this beer its amazing colour. Big American hops are used to balance out the malty base (4.2%).

In summer the pub is open from noon to 11pm, apart from Mondays when it opens at 5pm. It has accommodation and a south facing beer garden.

catOn the way home we called in to perennial favourite, The Ancient Briton at Penycae, which was winner of Neath Port Talbot’s Camra Pub of the Year award for four years running, from 2010-2013. The choice of real ales was excellent and we were entertained by a friendly black and white cat.

Tanners Arms 01874 638032
Ancient Briton 01639 730273

Thanks go to Sara Morgan for organizing the event.

See our photos from the trip below:

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saus-and-mash

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