Attention all Real Ale & Real Cider lovers. Organised in association with CAMRA Radnorshire, this event is free to attend and open to all, will be held on the Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th of April and Monday the 1st of May at the Llandrindod Wells Conservative Club and in the Marquee outside. Open every day from 11 am until 11 pm each day. There will be a 60s music night on the Monday bank holiday from 8 pm until late, again free entry and open to all. www.llandrindod.co.uk/event-calendar/llandrindod-wells-beer-cider-festival
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Beer, whisky and wine
Pour yourself a drink in Mid Wales and prepare for a taste of the unexpected.
OK, it’s no great surprise that we brew our very own local and authentic Welsh beers. These days they say that every valley in Wales has a microbrewery attached. But in Mid Wales we don’t just have brewers. We have brewsters too.
That’s the name for women who make beer. There are only a handful in the UK and Mid Wales has two of them – Pam Honeyman of Monty’s Brewery in Montgomery and Sue Hayward from the Waen Brewery in Llanidloes.
Welsh wine may be growing in reputation but it’s still a bit of a shock to find grapes growing as far north as Penarth Vineyard on the banks of the River Severn near Newtown. Thanks to the unique micro-climate of Montgomeryshire, their sparkling wines are giving the French a real run for their money.
And maybe Scotland has had things its own way for too long in the world of single malt whisky. The Penderyn Distillery, in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, is “the best little distillery in Wales”.
In fact it’s the only distillery in Wales. And the team there make the smoothest “wysgi” on Earth. Not to mention gin, cream liqueur – and vodka. After all, if they’re taking on the Scots they might as well have a crack at the Russians.
Beer My Way
“Men are hidebound by traditional ways of doing things but women have no preconceptions. We just do things that work – we use flavours that go together, not those that are supposed to go together. The innovation appeals to people.”
Sue Hayward, Waen Brewery, Llanidloes
Mae’r ŵyl Wanwyn yn ddathliad gwych penwythnos o hyd o dyddynnu a bywyd gwledig, gyda rhaglen lawn mynd o adloniant, gweithgareddau addysgol i roi cynnig arnynt, arddangosfeydd a pherfformiadau ac yn cynnig y diwrnod allan perffaith.
The two-day festival, with its action-packed programme of entertainment, have-a-go educational activities, talks, workshops, displays and performances, offers the perfect family day out.
A warm welcome, truly tasty food, local ales, fine wines and comfortable surroundings await you at The Checkers in Montgomery. The former coaching inn is enjoying a new lease of life following its renovation in 2010.