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Drinking Craft Beer in South Wales

Exploring the Best Craft Beer in South Wales

Drinking Craft Beer in South Wales

Exploring the Best Craft Beer in South Wales

If you’re looking to explore the best craft beer in South Wales, then you’re in for a treat!

In case you didn’t already know, craft beer in Wales is a big deal. There are many flourishing companies that all specialise in producing Welsh craft beer – so much so that it can be overwhelming knowing where’s best to turn. This article aims to guide your search for the perfect craft beer in South Wales.

Best craft beer in Cardiff

Pipes

If you’re a real Welsh craft beer aficionado, it’s likely you’ll have already heard of Pipes, which is one of Cardiff’s best-loved craft beer producers. They’re known for their forward-thinking flavours, and although you can purchase their products on and offline, heading to their Pontcanna brewery for a beer straight from the tap is hard to beat. Choose from the likes of Bavarian Wheat 5.3%, Session IPA 4.5% and Raspberry and Coffee Berliner 5.3%.

Crafty Devil

Established in 2014, Craft Devil aims to produce exciting, fresh, tasty, independent craft beers made as locally as possible for real beer fans. Visit the cellar bar and shop in Penarth for some great food and beer (dogs welcome), or choose from one of the eight taps at their Canton site.

Rival Brewing Co

Advertising themselves as ‘beer without the BS’, Rival Brewing Co prioritises producing good beer made seasonally. You’ll find stouts in the winter and lagers and IPAs in the summer – all of which are 100% vegan. They work with a local producer to brew the cacao oatmeal stout, occasionally adding fruit to give a richer, darker taste. So if you’re in South Wales in the winter, be sure to grab one of these.

Zerodegrees

Both a restaurant and a microbrewery, this spot is ideal if there’s a larger group of you looking to socialise. Zerodegrees’ beer is made on-site – you can even watch them brew it if that tickles your fancy – and varies monthly. But if you get keen on a particular pint, there are a couple of core beers that stay consistently on tap. Grab a pizza from the open kitchen and you’re good to go.

Craft Beer Barrels

Best craft beer in Swansea

Dog’s Window Brewery

Like many of the breweries on this list, Dog’s Window prioritise quality over quantity. Real ales and craft beers are all handmade in small amounts, taking inspiration from both the classic and the modern. All beers are keg-conditioned naturally, and developed for superior flavour.

Bang on Brewery

Another Bridgend brewery, the beer at Bang on Brewery is award-winning and brewed by hand to ensure premium quality. All ingredients are locally sourced and the supply ranges from limited edition short runs to core beers. Choose from the likes of Cariad Welsh Ale 4.1%, Tidy Original Craft Lager 4%, and Thirst Aid Pale Ale 4.4%.

BeerRiff Brewing Co

The taproom for BeerRiff sits on top of their brewery and serves 15 beers on tap – all brewed on site. Grab a pint and survey Swansea marina, or enjoy the sun in their comfy garden. Beers offered vary between a core range and limited edition products, but all are produced in the 4bb brewhouse.

different craft ales on display

The Rising Scene of Craft Beer in South Wales

Bluestone Brewing, Cilgwyn

Nestled in the Preseli hills of Pembrokeshire, this family-based brewery operates out of 200-year-old farm buildings. They aim to deliver great beer that’s also environmentally conscious. All beers at Bluestone are vegan friendly – except for their Fossil Fuel, which is a coffee milk stout. What’s more, the company plants trees and sows wildflower seeds to offset any carbon impact and get involved in community hop projects.

Tenby Brewing Co

Brewed by the beach on the south western tip of Wales, the beers from Tenby Brewing Co won’t disappoint. Choose from a core selection or enjoy a limited edition option – the range is versatile enough to suit all beer drinkers. We’d recommend starting with Son Of A Beach 4.2%.

Tiny Rebel Brewing Co

Based in both Cardiff and Newport, Tiny Rebel have only been brewing since 2013 – but you wouldn’t know it by the number of awards they’ve won. Their Cwtch red ale has won Champion Beer of Wales multiple times, and the brewery overall has collected the Independent Craft Beer trophy from the Society of Independent Brewers, too.

pint of craft beer being held by a man sitting at a table

Heart of Wales Brewery

The Heart of Wales Brewery really cares about quality, using only natural ingredients in their ales, with no extra chemicals or sugar. They get their malt from Warminster Maltings in Wiltshire, which is really old and still makes malt the traditional way.

The hops come from a family business over 100 years old, and they mostly use English hops but also some from abroad for different flavours. In 2010, they even drilled their own water source to use the pure water from under the mountains, adding a special local touch to their ales.

Glamorgan Brewing Co

Glamorgan Brewing Company is renowned for crafting beers with a distinct Welsh character. They take pride in their role as the Official Ale Supplier to the Welsh Rugby Union, emphasising their commitment to the local community.

Their beers, ranging from the award-winning Welsh Lager to the unique DEAD CANARY IPA, showcase a balance of flavour, drinkability, and local inspiration. They also offer a special cider, APPLES, and a diverse gluten-free range, ensuring there’s something for every palate.

Gower Brewery

Nestled in the stunning Gower Peninsula, Gower Brewery has been crafting top-quality ales, beers, and ciders since 2011. They’re known for using traditional methods and the finest ingredients to create their drinks. Their popular Gower Gold, a golden ale with citrus notes, is a fan favourite.

They also offer unique experiences like brewery tours, where you can see how their award-winning beverages are made and sample them too. Plus, they have a subscription service for regular deliveries of their Welsh beers, lagers, ales, and ciders. You can even build your own custom case of their brews, including options like Gower Power and Smugglers Cider.

A craft beer in South Wales being poured

VOG Brewery

VOG Brewery in Barry, South Wales, not only specialises in a wide range of craft beers, including award-winning varieties like their Siba Wales & West Champion beer 2023, but also offers immersive brewery tours. These tours provide a hands-on experience with various options, from a short introduction with food and beer tasting to a full brew day with meal and custom bottle labels.

This approach reflects their commitment to an industrial yet handcrafted brewing style, allowing visitors to deeply engage with the brewing process. For more details, visit VOG Brewery Brew Days/Tours.

Grey Trees Brewery

Established in 2011 in Aberdare, South Wales, Grey Trees Brewery combines traditional brewing methods with a modern twist to create a range of distinctive beers. Their core offerings include the multi-award-winning Afghan Pale Ale, known for its amber colour and citrus-pine taste, and Digger’s Gold, a tribute to the local mining heritage with its golden hue and citrus-blueberry notes. The brewery’s commitment to quality is reflected in their numerous awards, including several Champion Strong Bitter of Britain and Wales titles.

Flowerhorn Brewery

Flowerhorn Brewery in Cardiff was founded in 2019 by two beer-loving friends, Andrew and Arran. They started brewing in a garage and soon developed popular beers like Capo, Loops, and Pharmaceutical Stimulant. After a successful start with events like the Abergavenny Food Festival and their beers featuring in Cardiff bars, they have started to expand their operations

With the founders’ passion for beer and innovation, Flowerhorn continues to evolve, promising exciting options for beer enthusiasts. Stay updated with their latest creations at Flowerhorn Brewery Beers.

The variety and quality of craft beer in South Wales on show are not to be missed. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these breweries offer a unique taste of Welsh culture and craftsmanship – Cheers!

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