I’ve tried a few beers from Wales over the last couple of years, so when I saw ‘Welsh Pride Ale’ on the shelf I thought I should give it a try.
It hails from the Conwy Brewery in North Wales, established in 2003 as the first brewery in Conwy for over a hundred years – it’s probably worth noting that North Wales had a strict ‘Methodist’ heritage which frowned on the consumption of alcohol.
They now operate a 25 barrel brewery in Llysfaen about five miles east of Conwy on the North Wales coast.
Welsh Pride pours a deep copper colour with a rich, loose white head. The nose is slightly sharp, with some hops, slightly floral, not unpleasant.
Flavour-wise, initially you get hit by the hops, almost stunning your palate, but there’s a toffee malt lurking behind, balancing the hops, along with a hit of yeast.
It’s neither pleasant nor unpleasant, but unmemorable.
A good friend used to say that he didn’t trust a culture that didn’t have its own alcoholic drink. He’s gone now, he died the day before Michael Jackson – The Beer Hunter – but sipping this I can hear his voice in the back of my mind. Had he still been around I’d offer him a brew from the Celt Experience – now those are Welsh brews to be proud of.
This one, I’m afraid, falls sadly short, it’s just two Brewclub Stars, I’m afraid.