Experience a fascinating ancient language, more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world, and specially brewed beer. In a word, Wales is a land that inspires myths and legends, as well as the only place to conquer the famous Mumbles Mile pub crawl. For a small country with no shortage of pubs, Wales manages to cram quite a bit in.
WHERE WE WENT
- Skirrid Inn — Located in Abergavenny, this pub dates back to the year 1110 when pubs were often a gathering spot for public hangings. Legend says that over 180 people have been hanged there. It’s a tradition to keep a “Devil’s Cup” on the wall to keep the devil at bay by offering him an occasional fill. To drink try some Penderyn, the only commercially available whisky made in Wales today or Hobgoblin, a deliciously dark, full-bodied and rich ‘chocolate’ malted brew.
- Brains Brewery – Established in 1882, Brains Brewery is located in Cardiff. Brains Bitter is a rich amber color that’s well balanced and refreshing. They produce 100,000 barrels of cask conditioned ale which contains live yeast keeps that keeps the beer working. Because it’s not pasteurized, once a cask is tapped, it should be consumed within 48 hours.
- The Shoreline — Feed your hangover with a vitamin rich traditional Welsh breakfast of cockles (shell fish) and lava bread (seaweed cooked with oatmeal), bacon, eggs, sausage, and tomato.
THE MUMBLES MILE
Head out to Mumbles, a town named for boobs and embark on the famous “Mumbles Mile”. To complete this, you need to hit 10 pubs and have a drink at each place. A few of the pubs along the mile are:
- The Park Inn – Built in 1846, it’s been a pub as long as its existed. They’re very serious here about CAMRA – a movement to bring real ale (top fermented, non-pasteurized, and organic with no additives and preservative) back into the pubs.
- Antelope Hotel – This place was a favorite of poet Dylan Thomas.
- Nag’s Head – Stop in for an imperial pints of some of the UK’s best brews.
- The William Hancock – With lots of sports memorabilia on the walls, this is a great place to catch a game and drink some beers.
- The White Rose – If you come here on the right day you can enjoy a rugby match with the locals. But don’t worry because win or lose, they’re still on the booze
Wales Fun Facts
- The term “Pub” came from the Public Houses where town people would socialize and resolve disputes.
- Jack Daniels was a Welshman.
- Mumbles Mile is a famous mile long pub crawl in a small town in Wales called Mumbles. The town derives its name from the French word “mamelles”, meaning “breasts”. Mamelles originally referred only to the two islets at the end of the promontory, but nowadays it applies to the whole village.
- Over 8,000 chapels were built in Wales during the 1800’s.
- An Imperial Pint in the UK is 20 oz vs. the 16 oz in the United States.
Three Sheets Trivia
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- Penderyn Whiskey is similar to what American brand?
- Who beat the Welsh rugby team during the show?
- What was one of the slang-words for being drunk given by the 7 ladies?
- What did Zane play in The Antelope?
- What is Lava Bread?