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Wales is a hotbed of great brands. In the first of a regular series, we look at some of the best brands in the Welsh drinks sector.
Take a look through this selection, and feel free to get in touch with any big brands you think are missing.
1. Tiny Rebel
Born in a garage in Newport, Tiny Rebel has become one of the UK’s leading beer brands. When looking for a name and image to fit its brand the owners said: “Eventually it became blindingly obvious. Two blokes in a garage seeking an alternative to big brewery rubbish. We're tiny, but we're rebels. We are Tiny Rebel.”
In the late 1990s, in a small Welsh valley town, a group of friends described how ‘Distilling in Wales was a lost art’. They dreamt of establishing the first whiskey distillery based in Wales in over a century and whisky as pure and precious as Welsh gold. This dream is represented in the Penderyn ‘gold seam’ - it is distinctive and represents a passion for Wales and whiskey.
3. Brecon Carreg
Brecon Carreg has put focus on what makes them truly unique; a local Welsh company with a real passion for producing an outstandingly pure natural mineral water from the heart of Wales.
Brains has been a family company since 1882, being owned by the descendants of the founders, S.A. Brain and J.B. Brain. From its humble beginnings, the company has developed into Wales’ leading brewer and pub company. As well as the Brains brand, it has several sub brands including The Rev James and Barry Island IPA.
5. Princes Gate
Founded by two brothers 23 years ago, through generations Princes Gate has been farming on its small, organic farm in Pembrokeshire and running a fully operational organic dairy farm. It has established a purpose-built bottling hall on the site and now employ over 50 people local to the Pembrokeshire region.
6. Gwyr Gin
The Gower Gin Company, based in Port Eynon, develop new recipes based on the botanicals found in the Gower. Its aim is to make small batch craft gin which encapsulates the freshness of the sea and the aromas of the coast and dunes. As a strong ambassador for Gower and Wales, the brand uses Welsh names for its gins, as well as fully bilingual bottles.
7. Aber Falls Gin
This distillery sits at the foot of the famous Aber Falls waterfall. Previously a slate works in the 19th century, a margarine factory during the world wars, and more recently a drinks wholesaler depot, Aber Falls has been embraced by the local community and is working to establish strong links and partnerships with other Welsh businesses, with the goal of improving sustainability and driving the local economy and tourism trade.
8. Ty Nant
In the small hamlet of Bethania, West Wales, lies the celebrated spring of Tŷ Nant natural mineral water. Officially launched at London’s Savoy hotel in 1989, Tŷ Nant natural mineral water took the bottled water market by storm with the aesthetically pleasing Cobalt Blue glass bottle range.
9. Purple Moose Brewery
Y Bragdy Mws Piws /The Purple Moose Brewery is a '40-Barrel' micro-brewery based in the historic harbour town of Porthmadog, North Wales, close to the mountains of Snowdonia. Brewing commenced on 14th June 2005 with a one-off special pale ale at 3.5% called "No.1".
10. Crafty Devil Brewing
Established in 2014 by best friends Adam Edinborough and Rhys Watkins in a garden shed in Cardiff, Crafty Devil Brewing is Cardiff's alternative to the corporate mass-producing breweries. A truly independent and proud Cardiff Brewery, it produces exciting, quality and tasty beers in the styles which Adam and Rhys want to drink.
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