Swansea Bay Beer & Cider Festival
Swansea Camra members are busy putting together a fantastic beer and cider list for their 31st 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 is sourcing 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.
This 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 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, 24 August; and from noon to 11pm on Friday, 25 August and Saturday, 26 August. It is being held in the Brangwyn Hall, St Helen’s Road, Swansea, SA1 4PE.
There will be live musical entertainment on all days as well, plus a range of hot food.