Rail Ale 
May 20th - 22nd 2011

The Rail Ale weekend is now an established date in the Welsh Highland Railway's calender and 2011 was no exception.

Dafydd Thomas reports:

"The Real Ale Festival was once again an exceptional success, numbers attending were up, which surprised us on Saturday evening which was very wet and windy. Friday evening was very busy with the Goods Shed and adjoining marquee almost full to capacity, as well as a large number outside enjoying a pleasant evening.

All the cider and perry on offer had gone by the end of the evening. Saturday's weather confined almost everyone indoors but despite the weather a good time was had by all, being entertained in the afternoon by 'The Rough Shunters' & 'Gadjo Gypsy Jazz'; the evening entertainment was the ever popular 'Y Moniars'.

By the end of Saturday night the number of upturned (empty) barrels had grown substantially leaving not much choice for those coming on Sunday. Sunday turned out to be quiet despite the far better weather. Over the weekend the trains, especially the shuttles between Caernarfon, Dinas and Waunfawr, were well patronised."

The images show the marquees,  with the remains of the tender of NG15 no 133 in the foreground of the second image:

Rail Ale Dinas - Laurence ArmstrongRail Ale Dinas - Laurence Armstrong

Rail Ale May 20th-22nd 2011

The festival will take place over the weekend of Friday May 20th to Sunday May 22nd. It is based at Dinas as usual with various hostelries close to the railway, together with one some distance away, taking part as well. Those taking part are:

The provisional list of beers is: The list of Sponsors so far is:

Black Country Pig On The Wall

Kingstone Humpty's Fuddle

Wye Valley Butty Bach, Dorothy Goodbody.

Bull Mastiff Brindle

Beartown Brewery Bear Ass, Kodiak Gold.  

Brecon Brewery Cribyn, Ramblers Ruin.

Woods Brewery Wheatear  

Blue Monkey BG Sips

Purple Moose Cwrw Eryri, Cwrw Glaslyn, Cwrw Madog, Ochr Tywyll y Miws.

Bryncelin Brewery Oh Boy

Rowton Brewery Meteorite  

Llangollen Brewery Llangollen Bitter

Mayfields Brewery Pioneer Bee  

Dark Star Brewery Hophead

Montys Midnight, Sunshine, Mojo, Mischief. 

Corvedale Dark & Delicious  

Evan Evans May Special, Archers Golden.

Saltaire Brewery Elderflower   

Enville Enville Ale, Chainmakers Mild.

Bragdy Nant Brewery Chwaden Aur, Mwnci Nel, Chwerw Haf.        

Elland Brewery Bargee, Eden Ale.  

Phoenix Brewery Arizona

Otley Dark O, O1.    

Great Orme Great Welsh,Welsh Black, Celtica.

Salopian Oracle      

Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild, Pale Amber.        

Heart of Wales Welsh Black  

Holdens Golden Glow

Swansea Deep Slade Dark    

Marble Brewery Lagonda IPA

Vale of Glamorgan Chocs Away, Wheat's Occurin?        

Jacobi Dark  

Fuzzy Duck Cunning Stunt

Windsor Castle JPA    

Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri.

Brunswick Ironworks, Caernarfon.

Travis Perkins, Caernarfon.

Ivan’s Taxi, Penygroes.

Designer Signs, Penygroes.

Axis Precision Ltd, Penygroes.

J & M Transport, Llanwnda.

Gelli Civil Engineering, Llanfrothen, Penrhyndeudraeth.

Purple Moose Brewery, Porthmadog.

Ystwyth Ales, Aberystwyth. 

Monty’s Brewery, Montgomery.

Evan Evans Brewery, Llandeilo.

Gwasg Dwyfor, Penygroes.

Parciau Farm, Llanfairisgaer.

Dwyfor Coffee Company, Nefyn.

Newborough Arms, Bontnewydd.

Ty’n Llan, Llandwrog.

Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert.

RJS Scaffolding, Penygroes.

Blackboy Inn, Caernarfon.

Gypsy Wood Park, Bontnewydd.

Moduron H G Jones Motors, Penygroes.

Blas Mȏn, Rhosgoch.

G E Tools, Y Rhyl.

Micrographics Colour Imaging Ltd, Llandudno Junction.

Caldo Oil Co - Hallett Oils, St Helens.

I T Davies Fencing, Trawsfynydd.

There will be entertainment at various timed duing the weekend and the following is confirmed so far:

More details are available, including train ticket pricing for the weekend, on the FR/WHR website

LATEST NEWS - There will be 58 beers + 9 ciders at Dinas to choose from and a choice of 9 beers at the Snowdonia Brewpub, Waunfawr

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Authored by Ben Fisher; last updated May 25th, 2011 byDavid Tidy