Brains (SA Brain & Company Ltd) is a regional brewery founded in 1882 in Cardiff Wales by Samuel Arthur Brain. The brewery owns over 250 pubs across South Wales, Mid Wales, the West Country and particularly in Cardiff, and is the shirt sponsor for the Welsh rugby union team and the Celtic Crusaders
The Old Brewery was expanded in 1914 when a new brewery was built in St Mary Street. The company took over the Llanelli brewery Crown Buckley in 1997, closing down the Llanelli plant, and transferring production to Cardiff.
The former Hancocks Brewery was purchased by Brains in 1999 and production moved to the larger site just on the Cardiff Bay side of Cardiff Central railway station, during 2000. The Old Brewery being developed into a leisure complex.
The current owner is Chris Brain.
Brains Dark is a dark mild ale with an emphasis on roasted malts. There is a smooth variant, which has a smoother texture than its standard equivalent.
Brains Bitter is the brewery's standard bitter and the most commonly available in Cardiff. Many Brains pubs serve only Bitter from a cask. When served pasteurised and Nitrogenated it is termed Brains Smooth.
Brains IPA, an unusually malty example of the India Pale Ale style, is usually seen on cask only in the valleys outside Cardiff, although some pubs stock it as keg beer or in bottles in Cardiff proper.
SA Gold, the newest addition to the line, is - according to a release note sent out to Brains pubs in early 2006 - Brains' attempts to "branch out" into both the English and youth markets, areas in which Brains is visibly struggling. Its official launch was June 2006, but many houses retired it in favour of the bi-monthly guest ale rotation. The beer is hopped with Cascade, Target and Styrian Golding hops.
45 is a keg beer at 4.5% ABV. It is being test-marketed in Cardiff as a competitor to strong lagers such as Stella Artois, though tastes different. In March 2007, the recipe was radically altered from the original used in the January launch after slow market growth and poor in-house response.
The development has attracted a range of bar and restaurant operators including Hard Rock Café, Starbucks, Future 3000, Nandos, Thai Edge, Pancake House, La Tasca, Lava Lounge, Chiquito's and SA Brain's own flagship venue, the Yard Bar and Kitchen.
Brains Brewery Original Stout, 4.1% ABV, pounds 1.99/ 500ml bottle, exclusive to Tesco; BEERHUNTER WITH ARFUR DALEY.(Features)
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