Beer Revolution – Ale upstarts storming Hay Castle
**Amazing castle grounds location
**Hundreds of beers from top Welsh, UK, US and world microbreweries
**New online store champions Welsh craft beer
**Buy the current Champion Beer of Britain online
A crumbling stone building in the grounds of a ramshackle Brecon Beacons National Park castle is home to what might just be the UK’s quirkiest craft beer bottle shop. Beer Revolution, in the world-famous book town of Hay-on-Wye, stocks hundreds of beers from some of the UK’s top microbreweries.
Welsh beers feature heavily on its shelves, with innovative and up-and-coming small batch brewers given the space to shine among established big names. And its location on the Welsh-English border affords farm-door access to some of Herefordshire’s best artisan cider producers.
The shop opened a year ago on a cobbled courtyard that forms part of Hay Castle’s grounds, taking over an old storeroom. Its whitewashed stone walls keep the stock flavour-saving cool even in the height of summer while the upstairs mezzanine has been transformed into a grungy bar and tasting area.
Complete with battered but comfy sofas and re-purposed pallet furniture, it’s the perfect spot to escape the madness of Hay’s annual literary festival.
The shop has just marked its first birthday (NOTE – NOV 2015) by launching a web store.
Stock is constantly rotating as the owners snag whatever catches their eye (or their palate!) – keep an eye on www.beerrevolution.co.uk for what’s new.
The site is also the place to go to bag a bottle of ‘Cwtch’ – the current holder of the coveted ‘Champion Beer of Britain’ title – from Newport-based brewery Tiny Rebel.