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Glamorgan Brewing Company unveil 1876 bitter

Blues News | 17th September 2019

Glamorgan Brewing Company have produced the perfect pint for Cardiff Blues – their all new 1876.

Inspired by Cardiff Arms Park and the illustrious history of rugby in the Welsh capital, 1876 will be available as a cask ale in the clubhouse.

The eye-catching tap features the Arms Park and the famous skull and cross bones design from the first ever Cardiff RFC jersey, with 1876 of course a nod to the team’s founding year.

Cardiff Blues chief executive Richard Holland said: “As soon as we began talking to Glamorgan Brewing Company, we knew we wanted to develop an exciting and bespoke offering, which celebrated the rich history of rugby here.

“Many of their beers are inspired by people and places around South Wales so this made perfect sense as we kick-off our new relationship and I am sure 1876 will become a firm favourite at the Arms Park.

“Hopefully this will be the first of many unique new offerings that caters to an ever-increasing demand for locally-sourced beers and real ales.”

The new relationship with Glamorgan Brewing Co. as official Beer and Real Ale Suppliers was announced last week with Nick Williams also confirmed as their player ambassador.

1876 is a well-balanced traditional bitter, which packs a punch while remaining thoroughly drinkable. A rich buttery biscuit flavour from the malt dissipates to a clean bitter with notes of dry fruit and toffee, while there are aromatic notes of spice and hop resin.

While 1876 will be on tap in the clubhouse, Glamorgan Brewing Co.’s draft beers and ales will also be available throughout the entire ground.

Their managing director, Richard Anstee, is excited to see how supporters at the Arms Park react to the new brew and said: “I’ve been coming to Arms Park with my family for years, so to see our products stocked in the bars gives me a huge thrill.

“Collaborating with Cardiff Blues on their new bespoke bitter 1876 has been a fantastic experience. They’ve had great input at every stage of the process — from the liquid in the cask to the design on the pump clips.

“We’ve managed to cram loads of historic references onto the artwork, and I’m really excited to see how the fans react when the beer is pouring on match day.”