Monday, 26 March 2012

Pen and Swig Beer Festival

Newport's best pub will be holding another one of their beer festivals this week, the Pen & Wig on Stow Hill will become the Pen & Swig as award-winning beers from across Wales are served straight from the barrels at the pub. The Festival kicks off at midday on Friday 30 March and continues throughout the weekend with a special 'Meet the brewer' session on Friday at 3pm with Ian from the Kite Brewery.

The beer festival will also see the launch on draught of the new Crystal wheat beer from Untapped and the launch of an aged porter from Brecon Brewing.

Beer list, subject to availability etc:
Purple Moose:

Cwrw Eryri/Snowdonia Ale, 3.6% - A delightfully refreshing pale ale brewed with Pale and Crystal malt with a delicate combination of Pioneer, Styrian Goldings and Lubelski hops.

Cwrw Madog 3.7% - A delicious dark ale with a deep malt flavour from roasted barley and a fruity bitterness from Bramling Cross hops.

Cwrw Easter Ale 4.2% -This is an easy drinking golden session bitter with a fruity hop finish.

Ochr Tywyll y Mws/Dark Side of the Moose 4.6% -A delicious dark ale with a deep malt flavour from roasted barley and a fruity bitterness from Bramling Cross hops.

Kingstone Brewery:

Tewdrics Tipple 3.8% -This smooth, honey-coloured ale celebrates the audacity of Tewdric (also known asTewdrig), a onetime King of Gwent and self-imposed hermit. The combination of Fuggles and Northern Brewer Hops with blended pale and crystal malted barley produces an ale with a dry bitter character and tangy core

Challenger 4% - Challenger is fruity, almost scented, with a hint of spice and it produces a fine backbone of bitterness to any ale. To create this quenching brew we mix barley and wheat malts and add generous amounts of Wye Challenger hops for both the bittering and flavouring. Challenger is a smooth and richly hoppy well-balanced ale with a malted nose and toffee undertones.

No 1 Premium Stout 4.4% - Warm aromas of the roasted, flaked and pale malted barley underpin the smooth richness of this stout, balanced by the pairing of Challenger and Target hops for a bitter finish.

Classic Bitter 4.5% - award-winning Classic Bitter - a balanced, disctinctively hoppy, dry ale with a floral nose and smooth well-balanced finish. Classic is brewed with pale and crystal malted barley, bittered with a quartet of hops - Northern Brewer, Cascade, Willamette (a Fuggles hybrid) and Brambling Cross.

Humpty's Fuddle IPA 5.8% - dangerously smooth at 5.8% ABV, is a warming, oaky-smoky tipple. Humpty has a slightly sweet floral nose, a balanced level of malt supporting the hops and finally a subtle but slightly citrusy finish.

Untapped Brewery:

UPA 4.5% - Designed to be an Indian Pale Ale style, the light straw colour of this beer belies its full and citrus fruit driven flavours. Distinctly hoppy, with wonderful aromas from Styrian Goldings hops, the finish is perfectly balanced and satisfying.

Eclipse 4.4% - High colour crystal malt gives this beer a darkly red hue and rich roasted flavours. Brewed with Northdown hops for both bitterness and aroma, which gives a clean counterpoint to the power of the malt and a balanced fruity finish.

Ember 5.2% - Three kinds of roasted malt produce the fabulously rich, dark colour and strong textures of this beer. First Gold hops give a tang of zesty fruit, whilst Cascade hops give a sweetly nutty aroma. Hugely flavourful and mouth filling, this ticks all the boxes for lovers of strong, old style ale.

Crystal 5% - An Untapped take on a classic beer. Traditionally strong, our wheat beer is triple filtered before bottling for a clean finish. Full to bursting with all the distinct flavours of this style, with a delicate hop texture and rich mouthfeel.

Brecon Brewing:

Bronze 3.9% - A light bronze pale ale. Full bodied, with plenty of hop flavours – Cara and Oat malts provide the foretaste, with Cluster and Northdown hops providing the refreshing bitterness

Gold 4.2% - Deep golden ale brewed with Progress and Pioneer hops for a soft yet well defined bitterness, which balances the blend of malts

Bright Beacons 4.5% - A straw coloured best bitter, packed with a multitude of hops for full, satisfying drinking experience.

Wandering Beacon 5% - This is a dark chestnut hued strong best bitter – full bodied and well balanced.

Profit Porter 5.6% - Aged Porter brewed last November

Tiny Rebel Brewery:

Fubar 4.4% - A straw-coloured beer brewed with both American and German hops.

Urban IPA 5.5% - Golden-brown in colour and brewed with an intercomntinental blend of hops.

Pen & Wig
22-24 Stow Hill
NP20 1JD
 The Pen & Wig is situated in the centre of NewportGoogle Map:

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