21st-23rd August – The Swansea Bay CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2014 Preview

Address: Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea, SA1 4PE (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 21st August: 5pm-11pm (£5*)
Fri 22nd August: 12pm-11pm (£5*)
Sat 23rd August: 12pm-11pm (£5*)

* = Admission includes glass and programme.

Concessions: £3 entry for card-carrying CAMRA members

Tickets: Available on the door.

Ciders/Perries: 60 ciders/perries will be available, which are as follows:

Chants: West Pennard, Glastonbury, Somerset chantcider@sky.com

Badger’s spit 7.5 % D (Dry) A hazy gold, well balanced dry cider with a tart finish, made with a variety of apples.

Singing cider 7.5% M/S (Medium sweet) Golden hazy, deep rich aroma, med/sweet fruity taste.

Gower Heritage: Parkmill, Swansea. reception@gowerheritagecentre.co.uk

Cider 8% M (Medium) Golden in colour, with apple aroma and flavour.

Will’s revenge 8.5% M Special reserve cider, apple and oak taste.

Perry 5.2% M Cloudy pale yellow, with aroma of pears and citrus, and a zesty pear flavour.

Gwatkins: Abbey Dore, Herefordshire gwatkinscider.co.uk

Farmhouse Perry 7.5% M/S Cloudy yellow colour, light aroma, sweet juice.

Golden valley scrumpy 6% D Amber colour, sweet apple aroma, moderate apple taste.

Norman 7.5% M Golden colour, fruity aroma, sweet earthy flavour

Pyder 5% M A blend of apples and pears, to give a great flavour.

Gwynt-y-Ddraig: Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd. gwyntcidershop.com

Black dragon 7.2% M Matured in oak barrels, rich in body and colour.

Dog dancer 6.5% M/D (Medium dry) Bittersweet apples blended with sharp apples, smooth, crisp.

Farmhouse med 6.5% M Golden colour, apple aroma, slightly sweetish fruity flavour.

Fiery fox 6.5% M Golden cider, fresh crisp sharpness.

Haymaker 6.5% M Flavours are sweet apple with hints of caramel, some barnyard notes.

Happy daze 4.5% M A light fruity aroma with a balanced finish.

Pyder 6% M Blend of apples and pear juice matured in wood.

Welsh warrior 6% M An oak aged cider, with a fruity taste, produced in aid of the Welsh Warrior foundation.

Two trees 4.5% M A pale, fruity Perry with a hint of honey on the palate, CAMRA’s 2013 silver award.

Hallets cider: Crumlin, Caerphilly. halletsrealcider.co.uk

Blindfold 6% M Full fruit flavour with citrus.

Dabinett TBA M Single variety made from bitter sweet dabinett apples, matured over a year

Hallets Oak TBA D Oak conditioned

Hallets real 6% M A medium full bodied cider blended with oak aged vintage to give a complex flavour.

Hallets Rum TBA M/S Rum conditioned

Heartbreaker 7% D Classic dry cider, full fruit flavour, finishing delicate sharpness.

Hallets perry 4.5% M/S Blakeney red pears picked from a single orchard.

National treasure 5% S (Sweet) Sweet cider with delicate fruit flavour.

Hecks: Middle Leigh St, Somerset. enquires@hecksfarmhousecider.co.uk

Port wine of Glastonbury 6.5% M Hazy golden colour, aroma apple and wood, med/sweet flavour of an earthy apples

Kingstone black 7.2% M/D Cloudy, sweet/sour apples and barnyard aroma, apples and oak taste.

National Collection of Cider and Perry: Firle, East Sussex. info@middlefarm

Bridge farm

Cider 6.5% M/S Pale yellow, slightly hazy, with some honeyed sweetness.

Perry 6.5% M Light and cloudy, sweet pear, CAMRA perry of the year 09.


Rum cask 8.5% D Hazy yellow colour, with a rum aroma.

Cornish Orchard

Cider 4.8% M Sweetened with apple juice for a very apple-y finish.

Perry 5% M Bright, gold in colour smooth Perry


Cider 7% M Deep yellow, intense apple flavour with apple-peel bitterness.


Nectar 5.5% S Golden in colour, Champion Powerstock Cider Festival 2012

Double Vision

Impeared vision 7.4% M Hazy yellow, tasty med/sweet pear with dry finish

Elderflower 5.3% M Subtle elderflower aroma; irresistible flavour


Cider 7% M/D Dark yellow in colour, nice apple aroma and flavour

Perry 8% M/D Hazy yellow, bags of fruit, and a thirst quencher, CAMRA’s2013 gold Perry award


Knicker dropper 6.7% M/S Straw colour, deep apple smell, fruity and smooth taste with light acidity.

Glebe farm

Elderflower cider 6% M Hazy yellow, with an apples and elderflower.


Cider 6% M Golden, good fruit taste with a touch of acidity

Merry Moon

Lemon Moon 6% D Hazy yellow colour, with lemon and apples

Dark cider of the moon 6% M A combination of apples and blackcurrants, which results in a smooth fruity taste.


Pigglets choice 5.5% M/D Golden colour Perry, with dryish pear fruit, from rare 100 year old trees


Vineyard cider 5% M Light golden colour, with an apple nose, and a crisp refreshing flavour


Black Bart 7.2% S Sweet, subtle oak flavour

Wicked wasp 7.4% M/D Bramleys apples, with oak and whisky notes


Sledge hammer 8.2% M/D Pale still cider with whisky notes

Wobbly munk 7.8% M/D Golden colour, fruity flavour, CAMRA’s UK 2013 gold cider award

West croft

Janet’s jungle juice 6% M/D Cloudy amber, sweet apple juice aroma. CAMRA Cider of the Year 2007

West Milton

Cider 5% M Glorious body, rich dark colour, bags of fruit, and CAMRA’s 2013 bronze cider award


Sam’s cider 6% S A smooth refreshing clean cider with a strong apple taste

Raglan cider mill: Llanarth, Usk. info@raglancidermill.com

Boris’s Brainbender 6% M Dark in colour, rich in tannins with bittersweet flavours.

Hanky Panky 6.5% M Smooth cider rich in flavours and tannins, a whisky cask cider

Kingston black 6% M Light, very appley, and easy drinking.

Perry TBA M Cloudy pale yellow, with aroma of pears and citrus, and a zesty pear flavour

RCM Medium 6% M Hazy, pale brown medium cider

Stanford orchard: Fordton, crediton Devon. cider@sandfordorchards.co.uk

Bumble berry 4% M/S Apples, strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants, a marvellous fruit cider

Devon scrumpy 6% M Full apple flavours, with a pleasant bite and finish, fermented with wild yeasts

Fanny’s bramble 4% M/S Clear golden colour, aroma of apples and blackcurrants, taste is sweet apples, berry fruits

Vintage 7% M Hazy golden colour, sweet aroma, ripe apples with a taste of rum, this cider is 2 years old

Mr Whitehead: Colemore,Nr. Alton. mr-whiteheads-cider.co.uk

Apples and Pears 5% M Hazy golden colour, fruity aroma with a fruity flavour

Blackberry cider 4% S Blackberries infused with fermented cider.

Pear light 3.8% M/S Cloudy Perry with good flavours, despite being lower strength.

Rum cask 7% M Made from Cox and Russet apples and aged in rum casks.

Food: Hot/cold food will be available.

Entertainment: Entertainment schedule will be available as follows:


9 pm          Acoustic Beatles – Tribute band                 Main Hall Stage


2 pm          Becky & Ben: Guitar – Gypsy Jazz              Main Hall Stage

4 pm          Lighthouse Theatre Company                    The George Hall Marking the Dylan Thomas centenary year, readings  from their entertaining  “Poems and Pints” repertoire.

6 pm          Gemma Krysa – Acoustic folk Singer           Main Hall Stage

9 pm          Nomadic Ways – Rock / Pop                       Main Hall Stage


2 pm          Tweke                                                      Main Hall Stage Alan Lewis plays an hour of his ambient background guitar music.

4 pm          Tweke – Another hour from Tweke              Main Hall Stage

6 pm          Afternoon in Paris – Jazz                             Main Hall Stage

9 pm          Juzu Kings – Rock / Pop                              Main Hall Stage


Fringe Programme

All events take place in Committee Room 6 (behind George Hall)

A series of talks and tastings from renowned characters on the Welsh brewing and cider scene. A small charge will be made for tickets to cover costs – payable in drinks tokens. Tickets can be obtained from the “Tokens” desk in the Main Hall. Do turn up on time as unclaimed spaces, or any remaining, will be sold on the door.


3 pm          Meet the Brewer – Celt Experience 

With the new core Celt range nearly ready for launch, here’s a sneak preview of what’s been on the trial kit, among other things, with some tasty food matching. Celt owner, Tom Newman, is Wales’ first accredited beer sommelier and a director of the Association of Welsh Brewers.

5pm           Cider and Cheese Tasting

James ‘Arfur’ Daley writes a weekly column on beers and ciders for the South Wales Echo as well as working for the multi-award-winning Gwatkin Cider of Abbey Dore in Herefordshire. He also makes cider and perry at Llanblethian Orchards near Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan, the current winners of the CAMRA Champion Cider of Wales.


3 pm          Meet the Brewer – Tiny Rebel

The Tiny Rebel brewery in Newport have taken the Welsh brewing scene by storm over the last three years. They have taken the Champion Beer of Wales gong at the Great Welsh festival, not to mention many category prizes, for the last two years running. Brad & Gareth will bring you up to date, with some tasters to whet your appetite.

5pm           Cider and Cheese Tasting

James ‘Arfur’ Daley – see above.

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