Since 1882, when the Brains family bought an old brewery on St Mary’s Street, Cardiff has been a city of beer. If you arrive by train, you’ll almost certainly catch a hoppy smell on the air, and thanks to dozens of craft breweries based in Cardiff, that’s likely to continue . Here are seven of the most exciting fermenters in the game.

Crafty Devil - this brewery is celebrating their 3rd birthday in 2017 and in that time, they have created some banging ales, as well as successfully crowdfunding the first canning facility in Cardiff. No idle hands here. Pick up their beers at the cellar on Llandaff Road.

Pipes - selling out of their Brewery Courtyard in Pontcanna each Saturday, pints are available on the first Saturday of each month.

Tiny Rebel - The kings of starting small, this brewery started with two guys making beer in their garage. Just a few years later they are exporting to Denmark and Australia and run the Urban Tap House on Westgate Street. Their core range includes FUBAR and Cwtch and you can find their beers across the city, as well as picking up bottles from the bar.

Grey Trees - Grey Trees beer is a welcome sight on many a pub tap, and the Valleys brewers keep on producing more hits out of Aberdare. Their mission was to get the people of the Cynon Valley to drink good beer, and in the process they have changed the face of Welsh brewing. Don’t miss the Digger’s Gold.

VOG Brewery - Taken over by some young upstarts in 2015, VOG Brewery had a re-brand and now supplies national pubs as well as selling beer from their brewery in Barry. Look out for their next project; a small batch range

Lines - Lines brew with water from the borehole underneath their premises in Caerphilly and use renewable energy to power their equipment. Their beer is named after Ley Lines (hence the name) and they regularly collaborate with UK breweries including Alechemy and Wiper and True.

Tomos a Lilford - Using Welsh botanicals such as rosemary and seaweed, Tomos a Lilford create unusual ales and supply The Bottle Shops in Penarth and Roath. You can also meet them every Sunday at Riverside Market.


Complied by Alice Turner 

Published -2nd June 2017