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.
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.
A little further afield new microbreweries include the Neath-based Borough Brewery and the Tenby Brewing Company.
“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
Soul Skunks 9pm
Playing classic and contemporary soul & ska
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
Last year’s event was a record breaking success. Read all about it here