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Wales’ beer scene booming, according to the Good Beer Guide

The local brewing and pub scene in Wales is booming, according to the Good Beer Guide 2020, CAMRA’s premier publication featuring the very best pubs to find a great pint in the UK.

It reports that across Wales there are seven new breweries:

  1. Black Cloak Brewing Ltd, Colwyn Bay, North-West Wales
  2. Epic Brewing Ltd, Conwy, North-West Wales
  3. Fairy Glen Brewery Ltd, Maesteg, Glamorgan
  4. Little Goat, Pontardawe, Glamorgan
  5. Zulu Alpha Brewing Ltd, Caldicot, Gwent
  6. Coach Brewing Co Ltd, Bridgend, Glamorgan
  7. Gil’s Brewery Ltd, Cardiff, Glamorgan

In addition, the Mansel Arms in Porthyrhyd has been named one of the best pubs in the UK, making its way to the next stage of the competition in the nationwide search for CAMRA’s Pub of the Year.

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The Mansel Arms is a friendly and welcoming 18th-century former coaching inn, with wood fires in both bars which has maintained its traditional character. The landlord is passionate about real ale and encourages customers to taste and experience the variety of flavours offering third-pint tasting boards. An in-house cask ale members’ club encourages beer-lovers to experience regular brewery visits and brewers’ speaker/taster events.

It will now compete in the next round of the competition, hoping to be named one of four finalists – and stay in with a chance of becoming the overall winner, to be revealed in February 2020.

The Good Beer Guide, which reviews over 4,500 pubs across the UK, is the definitive beer drinkers’ guide to the very best pints in a variety of styles of pubs to suit individual tastes. Compiled by thousands of independent volunteers, it helps identify significant trends and themes locally and nationally.


Tom Stainer, CAMRA’s Chief Executive said: “For nearly five decades, the Good Beer Guide has been a comprehensive guide to the UK’s breweries, their ales, and the best outlets to find them in across the country.

“What makes the Guide unique is that all the entries are compiled and vetted by a huge volunteer team, based around the country. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike with some competitor titles, inclusion in this book is dependent only on merit, not on payment.

“The Good Beer Guide has always had an important role in acting as a barometer of the beer and pub industry. We believe information gleaned from the Guide is absolutely vital in the drive to save our pubs from closure and campaign for policies that better support pubs, local brewers and their customers.”