Ales of Wales to be showcased at Chepstow Castle’s Cwrwfest

Monday 07 March 2016

The ‘Cwrwfest’ logo above Chepstow Castle

The ‘Cwrwfest’ logo above Chepstow Castle

The Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw) has today (Monday 7 March 2016) announced plans to host a two-day beer festival at Chepstow Castle, one of Britain’s oldest fortresses.

Cwrwfest, which is due to take place over the Easter weekend, will host pop-up bars from three of south Wales’s most renowned breweries — Celt Experience, Mad Dog and Crafty Devil — and an eclectic selection of cask ales from across the country.

The festival will even feature the limited edition Phonics – a new Brains pale ale created in collaboration with the Stereophonics.

Visitors to Chepstow’s historic fortress will be able to enjoy the two-day beer festival, the first to be held at a site in the care of the Welsh Government, between 12 and 8pm on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March.

In addition to the varied selection of ales, all of which will be available within a heated marquee in the castle’s lower bailey, the event will also welcome food stalls from the Dusty Knuckle Pizza Company and Little Blue Ox — plus live acoustic music during the evenings.

Tickets for the two-day event, which can be pre-booked online, are limited and priced at £10 per day. The ticket price includes the general entry to Chepstow Castle (usually £6 for adults) and a unique Cwrwfest pint glass.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We are very keen for our historic sites to play their part in Wales’s Year of Adventure, and Chepstow Castle’s celebration of creative brewing is a great example of the imaginative events that are being held throughout the year.

“At its heart, the Year of Adventure is about creating unique experiences for our visitors — and the combination of contemporary craft ales and an ancient, atmospheric setting is sure to make this an out-of-the-ordinary occasion.”

Parts of the lower bailey may be closed to the general public during the two-day event, but will be open as usual on Thursday 24 and Sunday 27 March.

This is an outdoor event so attendees are advised to prepare accordingly for the weather.
The event is for over 18s only.