February 9, 2015 by Kay Byrne
Real ale pubs all over the city are revving up for Swansea Bay Beer & Cider Week and there are some real treats in store.
The event, which is being promoted by Swansea Camra, takes place from Monday, 16 February to Sunday, 22 February. It’s designed to cheer up the cold winter evenings and give cask ale and cider fans a good reason for going out.
Seven pubs are taking part: The Queens Hotel and The No Sign Bar in the city centre, The Joiners Arms in Bishopston, and four pubs in Mumbles – The Park Inn, Mumbles Ale House, Victoria Inn and The Pilot.
Throughout the week, each pub will be serving a wide range of different ales and ciders and they will also put on some special events to mark the occasion.
“The Swansea Bay Beer & Cider week aims to build upon the successful Mumbles beer walk and help promote real ale and cider at a time when pubs traditionally get less custom,” said organiser Debra White.
“You’ll always find Swansea has a variety of pubs that offer both good entertainment and the chance to try something new in the shape of real ale and cider but throughout this week you’ll get the chance to see new ranges of drinks as well as to meet the brewers.”
The programme includes:
Monday 16 February – Pilot Brewery meet the brewer – The Pilot at 7:30pm
Wednesday 18 February – Cider & Cheese at the Mumbles Ale House
Wednesday 18 February – Pilot Brewery meet the brewer – The Pilot at 7:30pm
Wednesday 18 February – Pub Quiz at the No Sign Bar – starts at 9pm
Thursday 19 February – Brains Craft meet the brewer – The No Sign Bar at 7pm
Thursday 19 February – Pub Quiz at the Park Inn – starts at 9pm
Saturday 21 February – Swansea Brewing Co. meet the brewer – Joiners Arms at 3pm
Sunday 22 February – Mumbles Ale House – cheese tasting at 3pm, local musician Paul Edwards at 4pm
Mumbles Ale House
Dunns Lane, Mumbles, SA3 4AA
It’s Cider Week from 18-22nd February (launching on the Wednesday) as the Ale House is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The first Micro Pub in Wales has proved a popular destination for locals and real ale fans and with the recent addition of three hand pumps it now has the capacity to increase its weekly line up from six real ales to a maximum of nine. The pub also offers a good range of bottled cider and a draft option which will increase to four during the cider week.
To complement the launch of the cider week on Wednesday at 7.30 pm they will be serving a range of complimentary local cheeses.
On Sunday the week will close with a cheese and music festival. At 3pm there will be a session of cheese tasting. This will be free but please book on 07437 421963 or firstname.lastname@example.org. At 4pm will be the first session of music from local acoustic artist Paul Edwards with a further session later on. All week there will also be a small exhibition about cider making and local cider.
No Sign Wine Bar
56 Wind Street, Swansea, SA1 1EG
By far the most interesting historic pub in Swansea, which was frequented by the young Dylan Thomas, one of Wales’s most famous poets. Its origins are said to go back several centuries but the modern history of the building dates from the foundation of Munday’s, a firm of wine merchants established in 1837 and which came to own many premises in Swansea. Today it is well known for weekend live music and its good food, with the kitchens now open until 9pm Monday to Thursday. There’s always an excellent range of real ale and cider on offer and look out for their own annual beer festival that is held over Easter. There’s even a 10% discount for CAMRA members. On Thursday 19 February they will be hosting Brains Craft Brewery for a meet the brewer event.
A long-term favourite amongst real ale drinkers and former Swansea CAMRA pub of the year, this pub serves a range of ales including local Welsh ones and some from further afield. Now also serving an interesting range of bottled beers and ciders. A cosy pub with a real fire and a friendly welcome, worth seeking out on a back street in Mumbles, The Park cant be seen until you are outside it as the pub sign is flat to the wall. A range of winter ales will be on throughout the week and the usual pub quiz will be on at 9pm on Thursday 19 February.
The Joiners Arms
50 Bishopston Road, Bishopston, Swansea, SA3 3EJ
A traditional 1860’s pub popular with locals and visitors alike. This village pub has won several CAMRA awards. It is a free house and serves a selection of real ales including those from the brewery on the premises Swansea Brewing Company. The Swansea Brewing Company openened in 1996 and produces four regular beers and occasional experimental ones. On Saturday 21 February at 3pm there will be a Meet the Brewer event which will include a talk about the history of the brewery, the brewing process and some beer samples. No booking required.
This traditional back street corner local in the heart of Mumbles dates from the mid 19th century. Now done out in a modern, but comfortable style. It retains some original features of historic interest including a well in the bar area – the source of water in the days when the pub brewed its own beer. Popular with locals, live sport is shown and live music plays regularly. Children are welcome and although no food is served, you are welcome to take your own to enjoy with your drink. The pub is located in a small side street (On the Mumbles Road, turn right at Davies Bakery, opposite Boots the Chemist. Go past the library and turn next left opposite the Chocolate Box onto Gloucester Place). The usual Bass will remain on during the beer week but the other two hand pumps will rotate and feature some non-regular beers.
The Queens Hotel
Gloucester Place, SA1 1TY
Situated close to the Marina and the Dylan Thomas Centre, the Queens is a traditional pub with numerous photographs displaying Swansea’s maritime heritage. The Queens has Theakstons Old Peculiar and Best always on hand pump and a further two ales constantly changing, often with beers not available in other local pubs, a place to seek out something new. During the beer and cider week The Queens will feature several beers from Great Hecks Brewery from Yorkshire and Late Knights Brewery from London.
Already both Swansea CAMRA and Wales CAMRA pub of the year 2014 after a mere two years being run by the current owners, this pub has achieved a lot in a short time, both for establishing itself on the real ale scene and gaining a loyal following of regulars.
The Pilot Brewery operates from a room at the rear of the pub and produces a range of ales such as Gold, Black Storm, Revolver and Wrecker. These are sold at the pub along with a range of real ales from other breweries. Jo’s cider bar is also a feature, offering a range of quality bottled ciders.
On Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th February, both at 7.30, there will be a Meet the Brewer event at the pub involving a talk on the brewing process, viewing the
microbrewery and some free samples of the beers brewed there. Due to limited space booking is required on 07897895511 or Richard@thepilotofmumbles.co.uk or at the bar.