Brains is Wales’ largest, most famous and successful breweries, owning over 250 pubs in the country and having such a diverse range of product.

The history dates back to 1882 when Samuel Arthur Brain and his Uncle Joseph Benjamin Brain acquired the Old Brewery in Cardiff.

In 1914 The Old Brewery was expanded when a new brewery was built in St Mary Street. Then in 1997 the company took over Llanelli’s Crown Buckley brewery. Buckley’s site was closed and all operations moved to Cardiff. The products of Buckley’s which Brains continue to produce are: Buckley’s Bitter, Buckley’s IPA and Reverend James best bitter.

Brains took over Hancock’s Brewery in 1999 which was then owned by Bass- and production moved to the larger site just on the southern side of Cardiff Central railway station during 2000. The Old Brewery has been developed into a bar and restaurant complex.


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