On Friday 30 September, we enjoyed an evening visit to the Celt Experience Brewery at Caerphilly. A minibus conveyed some of us from Cardiff but other members found it more convenient to make their own ways from their places of work to the brewery.
We chatted with brewery owner Tom Newman, a Caerphilly lad, who spent some years across the water brewing for Butcombe before setting up his Newmans' Brewery in Bristol. He returned to Caerphilly in 2007 to set up the Celt Experience Brewery, which produces beer under both the Newmans and Celt Experience banners.
The brewery is located in quite a spacious industrial unit and includes a bottling line, which Tom sees as important for sales.
Three beers were sampled including a special brew produced to support the Twmbarlwm Society, set up to protect the mountain and ancient hill fort of that name near Risca.
Returning to Cardiff, several of the party rounded off the evening by stopping at Fagin's at Taff's Well for an hour or so to visit the pub's annual beer festival.