When the rain comes in from the South, the beacons wander closer to Brecon


Posted June 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

On Friday night, our General Manager, Duncan Ward was involved in a motorbike accident in the West Midlands. Unfortunately he has broken his arm and fractured and dislocated a foot.


He is currently in Stoke General hospital, recovering well, but will be out of action for some time…


If you are in the area, and would like to drop in to visit, (bearing Staffordshire Oatakes…), give us a call and we’ll let you know which ward he’s in.


I’m sure you’ll join us in wishing him a swift and full recovery.

And another busy weekend…

Posted May 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm

After several weeks of mayhem… sorry – SIBA festival, Royal Welsh Show, brewing marathons…  A relatively quiet, (by comparison), weekend…


Tonight, Duncan will be heading to the Wyndham Arms in Bridgend to give a little talk and tasting (might be some Choc-y-wocky on offer if I stop typing…). He’ll be there from 7pm ish


Buster will be cleaning casks, racking and preparing the Trans-Dimensional portal…


Oh yes,  and its the WAles Festival next week in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff – www.gwbcf.org.uk for more details… We’ll all be there on our bar with a great selection of beers :

Three Beacons

Welsh Beacons

Dark Beacons

Goal 2014

Copper Beacons

Gold Beacons

Orange Beacons

Red Beacons

Ysbrid y Bannau

Genesis 2:ii – Imperious Beacons – the last firkin!

Genesis 3:i – Dark Skies – the last firkin!

Genesis 3:ii – The Chocwork Orange – maybe the last firkin!


Come and join us for a pint – and watch out for those pesky Giraffes…

The Dark comes…

Posted April 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Dark Beacons is nearly here!

Dark Beacons


Just finished filling the racking tank so the beer will be ready for May… Whilst this is a traditional Welsh Dark, rather than a British Mild, it is still very much a part of CAMRA’s Mild Month of May campaign – a great excuse to revive this once great and widely available style of beer. Dark burgundy in colour, (as you’d expect) this is a remarkably light and refreshing beer, with a subtle balance of hops, coffee and roasted notes…


Even better news is our friends at Flying Firkin are offering this and the Copper Beacons this month – so please get in touch to place an order.

Obviously this and all of our beers will also be available direct from the Brewery as well as via Tanners Wines, Templetons Wines and LWC.



A Bright new week….

Posted April 7, 2014 at 6:56 am

After a long rest, one of our original brews returns for 1 month only – Bright Beacons is back!


CMYK base


Brewed with Low Colour malt and a healthy selection of British hops, this straw coloured Best Bitter packs a good hoppy punch and plenty of flavour.


Available at your local, or direct from us at the Brewery.



Choc-y strikes Gold

Posted April 3, 2014 at 5:53 pm

After a fantastic victory in Sheffield at SIBA’s BeerX and National kegged beer competition, more Choc-y-wocky is in the Fermenter!

Choc-y winner

The win at SIBA was completely unexpected, and vindicated the decision to enter the growing craft keg beer market. Buster was even more cheerful, as it was an early birthday present for him!  Nigel Barden (as in Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 show, etc) was extremely complimentary when he read out the results, and was kind enough to remember the beer when he visited the Drinks Wales stand at the F&D EXPO show two weeks later…


The Choc-y-wocky has been a great sucess, and has already made it over the Irish Sea to an event in Dublin, as well as selected bars and pubs within the UK. With more brewing, there will be a lot more available both locally and nationally – the SIBA national Gold Medal should certainly help drive interest…


Speciality Beers Gold

Delivery Day…

Posted March 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Just back from delivering a van load of Welsh beers to the Burton Beer Fest – if you’re in the area of Britain’s historical Brewing Capital, Burton upon Trent, be sure to drop in to Burton Town Hall for a pint or two whilst the festival is open later this week – it looked to be a great setting, and is the home for one of the last casks of The Chocwork Orange!


Also dropped some beers off at our friends at Titanic Brewery, so expect more Welsh-ness in the Midlands!





Posted February 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Still haven’t worked out where all the time is going…


At the beginning of the month, Buster was over in Dublin with Drinks Wales at the Alltech International Craft Brews Fair – a fantastic event with lots of great beers and food – we even managed a Wales vs Ireland beer match! Unlike the game afterwards, at least this match finished honours even…


Since then its been mostly trying to catch up – thanks to our friends at JDW and Purple Moose, clumps of Daffodil (and Red Beacons) will be popping up all over Wales next week!




The Six Beacons has currently sold out (as has the Three Beacons and the Daffodil!), but worry not, more is brewing as we speak, and should be available next week…


We’ll also have a presence (and a good selection of Welsh Beers) at the Luton Beer Festival this weekend – if you’re in the area, come across to the Hightown Sports Centre for a brilliant time! http://www.southbedscamra.org.uk/luton-beer-festival.php for more details…



Six Beacons for the Six Nations!

Posted January 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

It’s that time of year again…


The Six Beacons was released this week in time for the first match on Saturday, and has been flying out of the cold store…


It’ll be available in good pubs all over Wales, and maybe even a few outside!


Enjoy the weekend! Dere ‘melaen Cymru!

First Market of 2014

Posted January 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Come and find us at the Brecon Farmers Market tomorrow (Saturday), where we’ll have fresh stocks of Dark Skies and Chockwork Orange for sale…


We’ll be in Brecon Market Hall from 9:30 until 2pm – there’ll also be losts of other lovely goddies to be had as well as hot food and live music…


See you there

Happy New Year

Posted December 31, 2013 at 11:52 am

Delighted to see that Professor Geoff Palmer of Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, (where I studied malting science under him whilst completing my MSc in Brewing & Distilling), has been granted a Knighthood – a truly worthy recipient, not just as a fantastic and inspirational teacher,  but also as a tireless campaigner and frankly all-round good-natured, witty and humourous person.


May I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2014…



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