The Campaign for Real Ale is the leading consumer organisation that campaigns for real ale and the rights of those who drink it. CAMRA's membership is drawn from across the world and now stands at more than 150,000, many thousands of whom volunteer large quantities of their time in furtherance of CAMRA's aims. As an independent body we represent the consumers, not the business interests of any brewery or trade organisation.
Cardiff CAMRA recently voted the Hopbunker in Kingsway its Cider and Perry Pub Of The Year. Runners-up were the Gatekeeper and winner for the last two years, the Queens Vaults.
Presenting a certificate to Hopbunker Director, Steve Lewis, Cardiff CAMRA Chairman, Rick Zaple said that when the Hopbunker had opened a few months previously, CAMRA members had anticipated a great range of beers. They had been pleasantly surprised to find also a great range of ciders and perries.
Saturday 16 April.
Cardiff CAMRA is currently deciding what will be its next Pub Of The Year and, if you are a CAMRA member living in Cardiff, we would like your help.
A shortlist of candidates has been drawn up as follows:
* City Arms, Quay Street.
* Gwaelod y Garth Inn, Gwaelod y Garth.
* Hopbunker, Kingsway.
* Lansdowne, 71 Beda Road, Canton.
* Urban Tap House, 26 Westgate Street.
By popular demand, our annual visit to this beer festival held in the pubs of Llanwrtyd Wells In Mid Wales. The festival is held in the town’s three pubs including the Neuadd Arms Hotel. This is the home of the Heart of Wales Brewery which we plan to visit.
Pick ups at Cardiff city centre (outside National Museum) at 1000, Manor Way (The Philog) at 1010 and Treforest (Otley Arms) at 1030, giving around six hours at the festival itself, arriving back around 2100. Total tour price £18.
A venue has been found for the 2015 Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival. This is The Depot, a converted warehouse in Dumballs Road, Cardiff and recently the venue for several street food festivals and Cardiff Brewfest.
The Festival will take place from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 November and will be open from 1100 (1200 Thu) to 2300. Entry will be £5, with a free beer token for CAMRA members.
Over 120 different beers are planned along with 60 ciders and perries plus an impressive selection of local award-winning street food.
Cardiff CAMRA recently agreed its main aims for the forthcoming year. These are:
1) To promote the Real Ale scene in Wales and Welsh Real Ale Breweries including developing further the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival.
2) To better interact with our members and the public particularly with the aim of encouraging members to play an active part in Branch activities regardless of whether they attend formal meetings.
3) To promote and protect Cardiff pubs, providing up to date information on them, and particularly the Real Ales, Ciders and Perries they serve.