The festival is the second largest in Wales behind the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival . The festival features over 120 ales, ciders and perries from Brains, Tomos Watkins, Neath Ales, Otley, Purple Moose as well as from other breweries around the country.
The Brangwyn Hall is about 10 minutes walk from the city centre and about 15-20 minutes walk from the train station. The venue consists of a large hall where the beer is served and two rooms with seating. The one room is immediately off the hall and also contains and area where hot food and sandwiches are served. This room is relatively small and has around a dozen tables. The other room is across a corridor and I’m not sure how big it is.
The hall is decorated with an assortment of murals by Frank Brangwyn. They date back to the late 1920s and were commissioned by Lord Iveagh for the Royal Gallery, Westminster but, after Iveagh’s death in 1927, the Royal Fine Art Commission rejected the murals. The panels are now housed in Brangwyn Hall.
I’m not a huge fan of the layout of the festival in particular how all of the seating is away from the beer. For me this detracts from the atmosphere of the festival. Most other festivals have seating around the bars.
The selection of ales was good, with beers appearing from across Wales and the UK. There were around 100 or so available at the start of the festival with around 70 still available at the start of the Saturday session. By 6pm there were still 40 available.
Favourites of the festival for me were Tatton Gold (a brewery from Cheshire), Green Bullet, a 6% IPA from Neath Ales, and Bullmastiff Brindle.
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