Great Welsh Beer Festival 2015: In Review

One week has passed since this year’s Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival (GWBCF) drew to a close in Cardiff and all reports suggest it was a great success. Visitors loved the new venue, The Depot, and Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer certainly enjoyed their volunteer stint working the real ale bars. It was definitely a worthwhile trip…

As a venue for a CAMRA festival The Depot was a very pleasant surprise for us; while the locals already knew of its potential. It had already proven itself by hosting pop-up street food events and, most recently, it hosted the Cardiff BrewFest organized by Tiny Rebel and Otley Breweries. Talking with volunteers who had worked previous GWBCFs, the festival’s footprint in terms of quantity of beer and cider offered, the variety of food vendors and the venue’s usable space was similar to earlier years but The Depot’s more intimate setting brought people much closer together than last year’s epic fail at the Millennium Stadium and as a consequence a much friendlier time was had by all.

As a showcase for Welsh real ale the GWBCF did a fantastic job. The festival started with 132 cask ales of which 108 came from 57 Welsh breweries – the vast majority of which are never seen in our neck of the woods. The rest came from breweries in the adjoining counties of southwest England – again from those we don’t see around here. The spreadsheet of the full beer list that I posted on opening day will remain available on Goggle Docs for future reference. Here are some photos to round things out (credit: Cardiff CAMRA and The Depot).


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