Pub and Club of the Year 2024 announced

After an exceptionally close count, we are pleased to announce that the Carmarthenshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2024 is the Stag & Pheasant, Carmarthen and the Carmarthenshire CAMRA Club of the Year 2024 is the Pontyberem Working Men’s Club & Institute.

Congratulations to the team from both establishments!.

Beer festival charity donations

The Carmarthenshire beer festival committee have finally completed the charitable donations in the memory of our dear departed friends Huw Williams and Rory Gowland.

The sums raised from our 2023 beer festival totalled £300 and have been divided
equally as per the families’ wishes; £150 to Cancer Research (Wales) for Huw and £150 to the British Heart Foundation for Rory.

A big thank you to everyone that helped make the Beer Festival a success and to all drinkers who donated their unused beer tokens!

Carmarthenshire Pub of the Year 2024 voting

Voting is now open for Carmarthenshire Pub of the Year 2024 award. Any CAMRA member can vote for their Pub of the Year, either online or at the March branch meeting where the all votes will be counted and the winner will be announced.

Pubs were nominated and seconded at the Febraury branch meeting, the voting shortlist is as follows;

  • Stag and Pheasant, Carmarthen
  • Friends Arms, Carmarthen
  • Station House Inn, Whitland
  • John Y Gwas, Drefach Felindre
  • Plash, Llanfallteg

Voting has now closed.

Beer & Cider of the festival 2023 announced

Thank you to everyone who attended this years festival over the three days. We hope you sampled some great ales or ciders, maybe something that you haven’t tried before.

Beer of the Festival voting results were as follows;
First: Elland Brewery – 1872 Porter
Second: Titanic – Plum Porter
Third: Pererin Pure Pale

Cider of the Festival was joint winners Thistly Cross Whisky Cask and Jolter Press Squeal.

Well done to all!

The dates for next years Carmarthenshire Beer Festival are confirmed; 3rd to 5th October 2024. Hope to see you there.

Carmarthen Beer Festival 2023 beer & cider lists released

With only days to go before the start of this years Carmarthenshire Beer & Cider Festival, the beer and cider lists featuring 40 real ales & 8 real ciders/perries from accross Wales and the rest of Great Britain have been announced.

Packed with interesting and varied beers & ciders you are sure to find something to your taste.

The festival runs from Thursday 5th October to Saturday 7th October. Further details can be found on the festival homepage .

Beer List

Brewery BeerABVStyle
9 Lives Brewery Wiki Kitti4.6%Cloudy Wheat Beer
Bragty Twt Lol Crazy Peacock4.8%Hoppy Beer
Bristol Beer FactoryMilk Stout4.5%Milk Stout
Dark StarAmerican Pale Ale4.7%Pale Ale
Eight ArchSquare Logic4.2%Pale Ale
Elland1872 Porter6.5%Porter
Evan EvansSea Scape4.6%Golden Ale
Evan EvansChallenger4.3%Golden Ale
GlamorganJemima’s Pitchfork4.5%Golden Ale
GlamorganWelsh Cake Sout4.3%Stout
GlamorganWelsh Pale4.1%Pale
GlamorganCwrw Gorslas4.0%Best Bitter
Gower BreweryRumour5.0%Bitter
Grey TreesAfghan Pale Ale5.4%Amber
Gwaun ValleyTraditional Porter4.2%Porter
HobsonsTown Crier4.5%Golden Ale
HopbackSummer Lightning5.0%Golden Ale
Kelham IslandPale Rider5.2%Pale
LudlowRed Dawn4.5%Red
NuttycombeSnow Leopard4.9%Mild
PererinPure Pale Ale5.0%Session IPA
Purple MooseDark Side of the Moose4.6%Dark Bitter
St. AustellProper Job4.5%IPA
Swansea Brewing3 Cliffs Gold4.7%Bitter
Tenby HarbwrSea Bass3.9%Pale Ale
Three TunsClerics Cure5.0%IPA
TinworksCwrw Grav3.9%Bitter
TinworksDafen IPA6.3%Strong Pale Ale
Tiny RebelCwtch4.6%Red
TitanicPlum Porter4.9%Porter
Tomos WatkinOSB4.5%Bitter
Wye ValleyButty Bach4.5%Golden
VocationHeart & Soul4.4%IPA
VOG BreweyMaverick4.5%American IPA

Cider List

AustringerMighty Merlin6.3%Medium / Dry
Ci DduCi Ddu6.5%Medium / Sweet
Latch y GroesLatch y Groes8%Dry
Jolter PressSqueal6%Medium
McCrindlesDabbinet SV6.2%Medium / Sweet
PontymeddygShipmans Revenge6.5%Medium
Thistly CrossWhisky Cask6.7%Medium
McCrindlesBlakeney Red5.5%Medium

Mansel Arms wins South West Wales Regional Pub of the Year

After winning the Carmarthenshire CAMRA Pub of the Year award, the Mansel Arms in Porthyrhyd went forward to be judged in the South West Wales regional award and despite tough competion from other excellent pubs in the region the judges chose the Mansel Arms as the winner.

Congrautlations to Glynn, Gemma and the rest of the team. The pub goes forward to be judged in the national Wales Pub of the Year competion.

Huw Williams

It is with sadness that we have learnt of the death of Huw Williams. Huw was a life member of CAMRA and a founder member of the Carmarthenshire CAMRA Branch.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family.

Huw had been an active member of the branch up until this year, and was an ever presence at all our socials and events. Along with branch meetings, he was always present at our annual beer festival, always willing to help behind the bar regardless of when it was quiet, or it was a ram packed Friday night.

Please raise a glass to Huw and all he had done for the branch!