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South Wales breweries

CONTACT US
SA Brain & Co Ltd, The Cardiff Brewery, PO Box 53, Crawshay Street, Cardiff  CF10 5DS
Tel. 029 2040 2060  Fax. 029 2040 3344  email sales@sabrain.com  website www.sabrain.com 

OUR HISTORY

NATIONAL BREWER OF WALES

S.A. Brain & Co Ltd. has grown from being Cardiff's own brewer into "The National Brewer of Wales" over the last 100 years.

The present day company brings together a combined heritage of over 600 years of South Wales brewing tradition. The Old Brewery, which is currently awaiting re-development, on St. Mary Street in the heart of Cardiff's city centre was founded in 1713.  In 1882 it was purchased by Samuel Arthur Brain and his uncle Joseph Benjamin Brain.  The company has remained in the family ownership ever since and the present chairman is a direct descendant of one of the founders.

In 1997 the company purchased South Wales' other leading independent brewery Crown Buckley which had been formed from the merger of the Crown brewery of Pontyclun with the famous Buckleys brewery of Llanelli, founded in 1767.  Today the full range of Brains and Buckleys ales are still produced in the traditional manner at the company's Cardiff brewery which is a familiar city centre landmark with its chimney rising up beside Cardiff central station.  The company operates over 200 pubs across South Wales and the West Country and within Cardiff's city centre it has a venue to suit everyone's taste by both day and night. 

OUR CASK BEERS:

Bitter

Dark

SA

SA Gold

Rev James

Buckleys Best Bitter

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BRAINS BITTER

PRODUCT DETAILS
ABV 3.7% Cask sizes 9's, 18's and 36's Take home 440ml can

TASTING NOTE
Brewed with a carefully blended choice of malts, Fuggles and Goldings hops together with Brains' own strain of yeast. Golden amber in colour, this beer has an initial sweet-malt flavour followed by the characteristic Brains well-hopped finish.

BACKGROUND
Traditionally known as 'light' (because it wasn't 'Dark') Brains Bitter was developed over the years to provide a refreshing yet satisfying pint for the people of Cardiff and the Valleys of South Wales and has become Brains' best-selling beer. A regular winner of Brewery Industry International Awards.

 

BRAINS DARK

PRODUCT DETAILS
ABV 3.5% Cask sizes 9's and 18's

TASTING NOTES
A skilful blend of dark and chocolate malts, gives this rich dark mild a full fine flavour. The beer has a delicate hop and chocolate aroma while the palate starts malty with a slight nuttiness, but then gives way to a light dry finish.

BACKGROUND
Brains Dark was for many years the original mainstay of the Brains product range, and rapidly became an important part of Cardiff everyday life. A distinctive ale which is non-cloying, it is easier to drink than many other mild ales. Although Brains Dark has retained its place in the hearts of the people of the capital city, it has found favour much further afield and is now a popular and welcome guest beer around the country. A reputation with cask ale enthusiasts is reflected in the current CAMRA award "Champion Mild of Wales".

 

BRAINS S.A.

PRODUCT DETAILS
ABV 4.2% Cask sizes 9's, 18's and 36's Take home 440ml can and 500ml bottle

TASTING NOTES
Brewed to a recipe combining the characteristics of pale and crystal malts with choicest traditional ale hop varieties. The beer has a long, deep, bitter-sweet finish with fruit and hop notes. This is Brains beer at its best, a strong ale which is distinctively hoppy.

BACKGROUND
Brains S.A. is more than just our most famous beer - it has become a legend, a name treated with affection and reverence by cask ale drinkers throughout the land. A real favourite wherever it is sold, either as a guest or as a permanent feature, Brains S.A. has a devoted following of enthusiasts.

SA GOLD

PRODUCT DETAILS
ABV 4.7% Cask size 9

SA Gold is a full-flavoured, hoppy and refreshing golden ale, brewed in Wales at the home of the world famous Brains S.A. The beer is late-hopped using Cascade and Styrian Goldings, giving it complex and refreshing citrus aromas and flavours. It's delicious on its own and also makes a great accompaniment to food.

THE REV. JAMES

PRODUCT DETAILS
ABV 4.5% Cask size 9

TASTING NOTES
Full bodied and warming, rich in palate, spicy and aromatic with a deeply satisfying finish. This premium ale has been described as having a "classic" flavour not commonly available these days.

BACKGROUND
The roots of Buckleys Brewery trace back to 1767, where, under the ownership of Henry Child, a prominent Methodist, the company began to brew beer in Llanelli. The Reverend James Buckley later took on the serious development of the brewery after his marriage to Child's daughter, Maria. The Rev. James is named after the founder of Buckleys Brewery. A traditional centuries old recipe is followed to brew this premium ale, now proving to be a highly desirable 'guest' throughout the UK.

BUCKLEYS BEST BITTER

PRODUCT DETAILS
ABV 3.7% Cask sizes 9's, 18's and 36's

TASTING NOTES
Brewed traditionally with a combination of Challenger, Golding and Fuggles hops. A light, fragrant nose with a pleasing hoppy character. Well-balanced with nutty overtones for easy drinking.

BACKGROUND
The roots of Buckleys Brewery trace back to 1767, where, under the ownership of Henry Child, a prominent Methodist, the company began to brew beer in Llanelli. The Reverend James Buckley later took on the serious development of the brewery after his marriage to Child's daughter, Maria. Famous for generations in the pubs of West Wales, Buckleys Best Bitter is now distributed throughout South Wales.

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