The 45th edition of the Good Beer Guide 2018, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) today, features 20 new breweries across Wales and 70 new pub entries.
- 20 new breweries included, bringing the total number of breweries in the country to 103
- 70 pubs newly featured in this year's Good Beer Guide
- The Druid Inn in Goginan is named one of the UK's ‘top 16′ pubs according to CAMRA
The book's Editor Roger Protz says:
“It's fantastic to see a continued growth in local brewing. The first edition of the Good Beer Guide published 45 years ago was a call to arms for beer lovers at a time when the brewing industry was in dire trouble and the market flooded with tasteless, fizzy beer.
“How the beer world has changed! Today, in spite of closures, a growing number of pubs clamber to offer the best-possible range of real ales and we are still seeing remarkable growth in the brewing sector.”
New breweries which feature in the Good Beer Guide 2018 include:
- Bang-On Brewery
- Lines Brew
- RT Ales
- Well Drawn Brewing
- West by Three Brewing
- Beardface & Bines
- Roath Brewery
- Melin Tap Brewery
- New Religion Brewery
- 9 Lives Brewing
- Lithic Brewing
- Lucky 7 Beer
- Oast House Breweries Cyf
North East Wales:
- Black Brook Brewery
- Dovecote Brewery
North West Wales:
- Druid Brewery
- Cwrw Ogwen
- 4Four Brewery
- Seal Bay Brewery
- Victoria Inn Brewery
Welsh pub named as one of Top 16 in UK
As well as listing new and existing breweries in the area, the UK's top pubs are also listed in the Guide, the Druid Inn in Goginan was named as one of 16 finalists in the Campaign for Real Ale's National Pub of the Year competition. A family-run community pub, the Druid Inn is celebrating its 43rd year in the Guide. It was chosen for its high quality food, range of beers available occasional music nights and beer festivals.
The pub was judged against numerous other local branch winners and was deemed to be the best in the region overall, with a perfect mix of the essential characteristics which make a great pub: atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix, but most importantly – quality real ale.
In total Wales has 324 pubs listed in the guide.
“The Good Beer Guide 2018 recommends the best pubs in Britain for real ale drinkers. The guide is compiled through independent judgement and recommendations, meaning pubs are chosen on merit alone rather than being charged for an entry, as is the case with many other guides. If you have a passion for ale and want to know the best places to find it, then this book can be an invaluable resource for you.” Protz added.
The pub guide is broken down by region and also town, which makes it easy to find the best pubs in your area or another area of the country you might want to visit.