Local brewery takes a trip down memory lane for first bilingual beer
Roath Brewery is launching its first beer with Welsh language branding to help raise funds for the Eisteddfod in Cardiff next year.
One of Cardiff’s micro-breweries is launching a new beer to help raise funds for the Eisteddfod in the capital next year.
Roath Brewery has teamed up with the local fund-raising committee for its latest beer – Cwrw Plwca – to be launched at a special event later this month (Wednesday 22 November). It will be the first time that the microbrewery has branded its beer in Welsh as well as in English.
The name comes from the old name for City Road – Heol-Y-Plwca or Plucca Lane – which was used until the 1870s, when it became known as Castle Road.
And to ensure Cwrw Plwca truly has a local flavour, hops grown in Roath have been included in the brew.
It will be the sixth beer launched by Roath Brewery, which was set up by Matt Appleby and Tom Lyons last year.
“We’re proud to have brought brewing back to Roath and the name is a nod to the Victorian Roath brewery which was just off City Road. We’re excited to be working with the local Eisteddfod committee on another reminder of our local heritage.
“Over the past year, we’ve grown from selling our beer on the farmer’s market at The Mackintosh on a Saturday morning to having five varieties which can be found in shops, restaurants and bars throughout the city.
“Our new beer, Cwrw Plwca, is a malty, robust bitter – brewed specially to raise money for next year’s Eisteddfod in Cardiff.”
The first tasting of the brew will be at The Mackintosh Sports and Social Club in Roath on Wednesday 22 November from 7.30pm, organised by the Penylan, Cyncoed, Roath and Cathays fund-raising committee.
Fund-raiser Nick Speed said:
“We’re really grateful to Roath Brewery for producing this special beer for us and giving us a good excuse to put on another evening to celebrate Welsh at the heart of our multi-lingual community. We’re looking forward to raising a glass of Cwrw Plwca.”
Bottles of the beer will be on sale at the bar on the night and in gift packs to take away.
Cardiff University’s Head of Welsh Dylan Foster Evans will also speak at the event, with entertainment provided by Glain Rhys from Trinity St David’s University’s Performing Arts Centre based in Roath.