Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival draws ale-lovers to Cardiff

Beer Festival LogoThe Western Mail and South Wales Echo are reporting that beer lovers from all over Wales and Britain have been flocking to Cardiff for the annual Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival.

Up to 6,500 enthusiasts are expected to visit the capital’s Motorpoint Arena to sample up to 200 different real ales as well as 60 ciders and a selection of foreign beers during the event this weekend.

Many of Wales’ 60 independent brewers are running stands at the event, while the festival’s non-Welsh beers are this year sourced from Yorkshire.

Visitors can sample beers from brewers including Otley, Bullmastiff, Vale of Glamorgan and Felinfoel, while Wales’ largest real ale brewery Brains is offering a range of beers including tipples from its newly-opened craft brewery.

Bill Dobson, head brewer at Brains, said: “The whole concept behind the craft brewery is that we have got a very large production plant geared up to producing our core range of beers in relatively large volume, therefore innovating and trying different things has been difficult for us but has been something that we have been very keen to do.”

The Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival is open 11am-11pm on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. Admission is £6.



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