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Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival, Cardiff

Posted on 13. Jun, 2010 by in Beer Festivals

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The Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival, Cardiff

The Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival is an annual beer festival held every summer in Cardiff, Wales. The festival runs for 3 days and features over 150 different real ales, a large variety of ciders and perries as well as a large selection of German beers. There are 40+ breweries in Wales and the festival aimed to have at least one beer from each of them.

The Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival, Cardiff

The event has been held at the Cardiff International Arena (CIA) for four years and was previously held at the City Hall elsewhere in Cardiff. The City Hall venue wasn’t big enough to hold the ever increasing number of beer drinkers and the much larger CIA means that it is easier to get a seat.

I usually attend only on the Saturday but this year I also attended on the Thursday – the opening day. This day is reserved as a quiet day and there is no entertainment. As well as being quieter, visiting on the first day means that you are able to have a choice of more beers including any special beers. One such beer was from Otley and was brewed by beer author Melissa Cole. thai-bO is described as being a ‘thai meal in a glass

The Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival, Cardiff

As with any beer festival, there was a competition for the best beers. The winner of the Champion Beer of Wales was O-Garden from the Otley Brewing Co. Otley brewery produces some excellent beers and they are no stranger to winning awards. Their O8 beer was Chapion Beer of Wales in 2008. Here is the full list of winners from the festival.

Top Three Beers:

  • Gold – Otley, O-Garden (Pontypridd)
  • Silver – Bragdy’r Nant, Mwnci Nel (Llanwrst)
  • Bronze – Rhymney, Export (Merthyr Tydfil)

Category winners:

  • Mild – Bryncelyn, Buddy Marvellous (Ystradgynlais)
  • Bitter – Bryncelyn, Holly Hop (Ystradgynlais)
  • Best Bitter – Breconshire, Cribyn (Brecon)
  • Strong Bitter – Rhymney, Export (Merthyr Tydfil)
  • Golden Ale – Great Orme, Celtica (Colwyn Bay)
  • Speciality – Otley, O-Garden (Pontypridd)

The Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival, Cardiff

The festival cost £5 to get in and included a programme and festival glass. Drinks were reasonably priced with beers costing between £1.30-1.50 a half. Third pint measures were not advertised but were available for £1 each. The German beers were fairly expensive with bottles costing £3.60 and keg beer costing £2 a half.

Venue Location

Cardiff International Arena

Mary Ann Street


CF10 2EQ

Tel: 029 2023 4500

(Twitter: @awv)

Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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