2016 Beer & Cider Festival


group-with-girlBrangwyn Hall, Swansea, 25 – 27 August 2016

Swansea Camra members have put together an amazing beer and cider list for their 30th annual beer festival in Swansea.

Drinkers will be spoiled for choice at August’s Swansea Bay Beer & Cider Festival, with more than 150 real ales and ciders on offer.

<< See the beer list here and the cider list here >>

The Swansea branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has sourced the most exciting brews from up and down the land, including many from the Swansea area itself.

The local brewing scene has been transformed over the past few years with dozens of new microbreweries being launched in the South Wales area to quench a consumer thirst for new and original beers.

“It’s an exciting time to be organizing a real ale festival due to the amount of new breweries that are constantly starting up. It makes choosing the beer list a challenge as we want to keep up-to-date with the best new real ales on the market and that is what we aim to deliver at our festival, as well as some old favourites,” said Debra White, one of the beer festival organizers.

There are now more than 50 microbreweries in Wales and many of them will have beers at the festival. While large breweries and pubs have been closing during the economic downturn, microbreweries have been bucking the trend and seeing rapid growth.

Recently established local breweries producing fantastic ales include Gower Brewery, Boss Brewing, Mumbles Brewery and the also Mumbles-based Pilot Brewery.

A little further afield new microbreweries include the Neath-based Borough Brewery and the Tenby Brewing Company.

ciderbarThis year’s event will not only feature more than 100 real ales, but also more than 60 craft-brewed ciders and perries, with a cooling system to ensure they are served at the perfect temperature.

Once more we’ll be working really hard to offer a new and exciting range of real ales, ciders and perries, carefully crafted to appeal to all tastes,” said festival chairman Chris Radford.

“The Brangwyn Hall is a terrific venue and not only are we thrilled to have it, this year marks our 10th anniversary there, as well as our 30th anniversary overall. We’ve been growing steadily over recent years so this year is likely to be the biggest ever.”

The beer festival was first based at the Patti Pavilion, before moving to the Ostreme Hall in Mumbles and then to its current home at the Brangwyn Hall.

The Swansea Bay Beer & Cider Festival will be open from 5pm-11pm on Thursday, 25 August; and from noon to 11pm on Friday, 26 August and Saturday, 27 August. It is being held in the Brangwyn Hall, St Helen’s Road, Swansea, SA1 4PE.

Entry is £3 per day for Camra members and £5 per day for non-Camra members and that includes a glass and the festival programme and tasting notes.

There will be live musical entertainment on all days as well, plus a range of hot food.

Live music line-up:

Nomadic Ways                  9pm
Rock and pop covers and some original songs

Siwan                                    6pm
Soul Skunks                        9pm
Playing classic and contemporary soul & ska

Tweke                                  2pm
Acoustic guitar
Gypsy Jazz                          6pm
Playing a mixture of French café-style music
Juzu Kings                           9pm
Rock covers from the 60`s to present

Food will be served at the following times: Thursday 6pm-9pm, Friday 1pm – 9pm and  Saturday 1pm – 9pm. There will be a variety of burgers, fish and chips, a hot dish of the day (including a vegetarian option), plus a selection of sandwiches.

Many thanks go to our sponsors. Tiny Rebel and Gower Brewery are our main sponsors again this year, closely followed by Boss. They are joined by Mumbles, The Pilot, Tomos Watkin, Gwynt y Ddraig and the No Sign bar.

2016 Beer list and tasting notes – click here

2016 Cider list and tasting notes – click here

Layout of the festival hall – click here

Click here for the festival FAQ

the-barLast year’s event was a record breaking success. Read all about it here

Last year’s festival in photos

9 thoughts on “2016 Beer & Cider Festival

  1. Joanna says:

    Is there car parking there

    • Kay Byrne says:

      There is no dedicated festival car park but there is on-street parking around the Brangwyn Hall and a small pay and display car park 200 yards away on St Helen’s Road.

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  5. peter john says:

    Can I order tickets in advance?

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