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100 Beers from Wales you must try: 21-30

Here is the third post in this series, taking us through numbers 21 to 30...

21. Otley - O1 Sadly, Otley closed in early 2018, so there are only a few bottles of this award winning beer floating around. If you get a chance - try it before it’s gone! It’s a great beer with a nuanced aroma of hay, honey and bitter hops. A well balanced palate which is moderately bitter. Refreshing and very drinkable!

 22. Bragdy Twt Lol - Glo in the Dark Bragdy Twt Lol is one of my favourite breweries. I could’ve selected any of half a dozen beers for this list but have gone with Glo in the Dark, which is Dark Ale. Rich roasted malt and coffee on the nose are followed by a surprisingly bitter palate driven by hops, which gives an unexpected kick to the beer, which retains a malty sweeteners in the background. An innovative and interesting beer which executes that difficult skill of pleasantly surprising the drinker. 

23. Lines - Pale Ale Lines is a relatively new brewery but with a good heritage, havin…

100 Beers from Wales you must try: 11-20

Here is the second post for the ‘100 Beers from Wales you must try’ series, taking us through numbers 11 to 20:

11. Crafty Devil - Safe as Milk Canton’s Crafty Devil are establishing themselves as a prominent player on the Welsh craft beer scene. A really high quality stout. An earthy and slightly smoky nose which leads to a strong flavour of black coffee with an almost charcoal-like flavour in the background. A smooth and creamy stout with a rich earthy finish. 
12. Hopcraft - Profits of Doom Pontyclun brewery Hopcraft’s Profits of Doom is another very good Welsh stout. Woodsmoke and earthiness on the nose, which follows onto the palate with the interesting addition of dark fruits (berries and cherries), giving a slightly sweet malt kick. A slightly sharper finish than you might expect. An interesting beer. 
13. Grey Trees - Afghan Pale Ale Aberdare’s Grey Trees are one of Wales’ most acclaimed breweries of recent years and deservedly so. Afghan Pale is an awarding winning ale which uses v…

100 Beers from Wales you must try: 1-10

In honour of Wales reaching 100 breweries in 2017, I will be seeking to review/profile 100 Welsh beers which you should try, with the intention of covering 100 different Welsh breweries… With no further ado, here are the first ten!
Brains - DarkA fitting place to start. This beer is something of a Welsh - or at least a south Walian - icon. A beer of historic significance, harking back to the days of heavy industry, Brains Dark - a traditional dark mild - was a favourite amongst miners, steel workers and dockers. Some might consider the dark mild an unfashionable beer style, but Brains Dark is a cultural significant beer which still enjoys relatively high popularity. At 3.5% on cask, this is a solid session beer. Flavour-wise, notes of coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of liquorice give an interesting palate. 
Conwy - Clogwyn GoldClogwyn Gold from leading North Wales brewery Conwy is a traditional golden ale with a modern twist, utilising high quality North American hops. This beer has a…