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Des de Moor
Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
Accredited Beer Sommelier
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Tudor Blorenge

Rake Welsh Beer Festival February 2010

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Y Fenni, Sir Fynwy, Cymru Website:

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I must confess I’d not heard of this brewery, one of a number of new Welsh micros, and chose the beer from the cask selection at the Rake festival largely […]

Breconshire Ysprid y Ddraig

Rake Welsh Beer Festival February 2010 Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 6.5% Origin: Aberhonddu, Powys, Cymru Website:

Breconshire Ysprid y Ddraig

Breconshire Brewery under the leadership of brewer Justin “Buster” Grant has become one of the best breweries in Wales, mixing innovation with consistency and a sense of tradition and place. Buster is adept […]

Jolly Brewer Suzanne's Stout

ABV: 3.5% Origin: Wrecsam, Cymru Website:

A shorter version was originally published in BEER November 2008. For more smoky beers see previous post. Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version also published on facebook January 2009.

Jolly Brewer

Roasted unmalted barley lends an unmistakeable sharp roasty bite to Irish-style dry stouts. A distinctive example […]

Bryncelyn Buddy Marvellous

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 4% Origin: Ystradgynlais, Powys, Cymru Website: Currently unavailable

Bryncelyn began as a tiny brewery in the cellar of the Wern Fawr Inn at Ystalyfera in 1999 and steadily built up a reputation as one of Wales’ best small cask ale breweries — it’s since expanded to new premises in industrial workshops […]

Bragdy Conwy Cwrw Castell and Telford Porter

Originally published in BEER March 2006 Beer sellers: Meadow Farm Shop

See previous post for more Welsh beers. Note Cwrw Castell has since been discontinued.

ABV 3.8 and 5.6 per cent Origin Conwy Town, Conwy, Wales Buy from local outlets, brewery (tel 01492 585287) Website

Conwy Cwrw Castell

At the opposite, northern end […]

Breconshire Brecknock Best and Red Dragon

Originally published in BEER March 2006. Beer sellers: Meadow Farm Shop

ABV 4.5 and 4.7 per cent Origin Brecon, Powys, Wales Buy from specialist shops, brewery (tel 01874 623731) Website

Breconshire Red Dragon

With St David’s Day imminent as this issue hits the shelves, this month’s column finds a welcome in the hillside […]

Mŵs Piws Cwrw Madog and Ochr Tywyll y Mŵs

First published in BEER March 2007

ABV: 3.7 and 4.6 Origin: Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Wales Buy from: Local outlets, specialists Website

Mŵs Piws Cwrw Madog

The daffodils are blooming, the days are getting longer and Gŵyl Ddewi is upon us – time to celebrate the coming of spring with a glass of cwrw cymreig […]

Ynys Môn Medra and Tarw Du

Originally published in What’s Brewing March 2005.

Note this brewery has since closed.

Origin: Llangefni, Isle of Anglesey, Wales ABV: 4 and 4.5 per cent Buy from local sources, brewery

Ynys Môn Medra

Only four Welsh breweries offering real ale in a bottle are listed in the current Good Bottled Beer Guide, and with […]