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

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…


To coin a phrase…. It’s Christmas!

Posted December 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Happy Christmas one and all…


Thank you all for your support and custom over 2013, and here’s hoping that 2014 brings you all that you desire.


The Brewery shop will be closing imminently, closed all day tomorrow, open for a couple of hours on Boxing Day, open all day Friday, and then as normal except for New Year’s Day, when we’ll be busy recovering!


Have fun…

“Healthy” Christmas Gift ideas

Posted December 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm

A link from our friends at Mens’ Health :




See slide 22…



Calling all CAMRA Members

Posted December 13, 2013 at 8:15 am

The voting for the 2014 Champion Beer of Wales is now open…


All members of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) are entitiled to vote. Simply log on to www.cbobvoting.org.uk where you’ll be asked for your username (your CAMRA membership number) and your password (contact camra@camra.org.uk if you don’t know or have never used the CAMRA on-line systems before).


Then simply cast your votes using the drop-down menus which will show the eligable beers in your region – for those of us here in Wales, that list includes beers from all over Wales.


This is important both for the Campaign and for the Breweries concerned, so please make sure that if you can, you vote.


Voting closes on 31st December 2013. The competition resulting from the voting will take place at the Great Welsh Beer Festival in Cardiff in June.  The winners go on to the Champion Beer of Britain competitions.


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