Our StoryBrew Monster started when a group of friends joined forces to bring together their combined skills with the dream of building one of Wales' best independent breweries. The idea originated in early January 2017, and by March 2017 we were in a position to register the company and start building the business. To fund the original brewhouse and working capital, we took personal loans and raised money from friends and family which allowed us to buy a 4 bbl (650 litre) brewhouse and take a 3 year lease on a premises in Cwmbran. The brewhouse was installed in September 2017, and on 27th October 2017 we had our official launch party in Cardiff's Radisson Blu hotel (one of the first stockists of our beer).
We enjoyed rapid growth from the outset and by the summer of 2018 were starting to think about expanding our production and exploring new distribution models. In June 2018 we held our first brewery pop up bar, a 3 day event attracting hundreds of fans from across Cwmbran and beyond. Later in 2018 we opened our first micropub, The Butterfly Collector, in Barry, and a tap room in our brewery in Cwmbran. Before the end of 2018 we had also doubled our brewing capacity by acquiring a new 8 bbl brewhouse.
2019 brought yet more exciting new projects for us. We kicked off our first Crowdcube campaign, raising over £100,000, which funded the opening of our first "Brew Monster Tap House" in the centre of Cardiff.
As we went into 2020 we were continuing to grow our reputation for good beer and good venues, and started work on our second "Tap House" in Cardiff's Mermaid Quay. As everyone remembers, March 2020 saw the UK enter lockdown, but undeterred, we continued to push on with our expansion plans and when lockdown restrictions were eased in August we opened our second Tap House in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay.
At the end of July 2020 we reached the end of the 3 year lease on our Cwmbran premises. The unit had been our beloved home and headquarters for 3 years, but due to limited space (and an inflexible landlord) we were forced to look for new premises to move our brewhouse. This proved challenging while the world remained in lockdown, but we were fortunate to find a great location in Caerphilly town centre. Coincidentally we got the keys for our new premises at Unit 1, Lon Y Twyn, Caerphilly on 31st July 2020, the same day we said goodbye and handed back the keys to our Cwmbran unit.
During 2021 we worked hard to build our new brewery and tap room in the heart of Caerphilly. Our objective from the start was to create something special for Caerphilly that would stand the test of time - lasting not just years but generations - and we believe we have been successful in meeting that objective. We commenced brewing in September 2021 when we brewed our favourite beer style - a hazy pale ale - that we called "100 Year Plan", a reference to our commitment to making Caerphilly our long term home.
After 2 years of Covid restrictions we are now enjoying welcoming customers to our new state of the art brewery and tap room in Caerphilly, while our "Tap Houses" continue to serve the freshest and best craft beer available in Cardiff, and we continue to plan for further expansion in 2022 to bring our beer to more and more people!
Meet the TeamWe are a diverse team of individuals, each with different backgrounds and bringing different skills and ideas to the business. We believe the strength of our team is the secret to making Brew Monster a success.
Glenn has been with Brew Monster from day 1. He is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from Cardiff Business School. He trained at a Big 4 accounting firm and has experience in both finance and operations at a FTSE 100 company. In 2018 he was recognised in the WalesOnline 35 Under 35. Glenn has responsibility for setting the Group's strategic direction.
Tom worked at local rival brewery Tiny Rebel for 6 years before joining Brew Monster in 2018. He has brewed a vast range of beer styles in volumes up to 5000L. Since joining Brew Monster he has overhauled our processes and rewritten our recipes, which has resulted in our beers winning multiple beer awards.
Jack is a vastly experienced brewer having worked at several breweries including Brewdog and Tiny Rebel. He brings not only a vast knowledge of brewing but also an insatiable passion for craft beer. He has a particular passion for developing new beer recipes and is responsible for many of the new beers we have released since moving to our new brewery.
Gareth joined Brew Monster in 2018. He has a wide range of skills and takes on any new projects including new bar openings, promotional initiatives, events and day to day operations.