Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Now and Then, Goytre Arms, Penperlleni

The old Rhymney Brewery pub, the Goytre Arms, Star Road/School Lane/Usk Road, Penperlleni is still open as a pub today and is owned by Ei Group, formerly known as Enterprise Inns

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Now and then, former Cross Keys, Tonypandy

The old Rhymney Brewery pub, the Cross Keys Hotel, Dunraven Street, Tonypandy has partly been demolished and is used for retail now

Monday, 24 April 2017

Now and Then, former Bridgend Hotel, Tonypandy

The old Rhymney Brewery pub, The Bridgend Hotel, Dunraven Street, Tonypandy, has been demolished with a bus stop and the war memorial on the site today. Note the unusual logo 'Brewers Own Stands Alone' on the wall of the pub


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Now and Then, former Thistle Hotel, Tonypandy

The former old Rhymney Brewery pub, the Thistle Hotel, Llwynpia Road, Tonypandy has been demolished to make way for a car park

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Now and Then, Ffaldcaiach Inn, Trelewis

The Ffaldcaiach Inn, High Street, Trelewis, Mid Glamorgan is still trading as a pub



Friday, 21 April 2017

Now and Then, former Railway Bar, Treherbert

The former old Rhymney Brewery pub, the Railway Bar Inn, Station Street, Treherbert has now been demolished

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Now and Then, The Crown, Nant-y-bwch


The former old Rhymney Brewery pub, The Crown, Merthyr Road, Nant-y-bwch, Tredegar. Not sure if this pub is still open as there's no mention of it on Google and the last Streetview picture is 2009 when it appears punch Taverns were selling the pub?

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Now and Then, former Prince Llewellyn Inn, Sirhowy, Tredegar

The former old Rhymney Brewery pub, the Prince Llewellyn Inn, St Luke's Road, Sirhowy, Tredegar has been converted into three terraced houses

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Now & Then, former North Western Hotel, Tredegar


The former old Rhymney Brewery pub, the North Western Hotel, Church Street, Tredegar was demolished in the 1970s and a scrapyard appears to be on the site now.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Now and then, former Greyhound Inn, Tredegar

The former old Rhymney Brewery pub, the Greyhound Inn, Tredegar was situated just off The Circle on the corner of Lower Coronation Street and Iron Street.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Now and Then, former Globe Inn, Tredegar

The former old Rhymney Brewery pub, the Globe Inn, stood on the corner of Church Street and Stockton Way. Demolished for road improvements. Another photo of the pub here and also a lot of information about old Tredegar pubs.


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Now and Then, former Britannia, Tredegar

The former old Rhymney Brewery pub, the Britannia, Market Street, Tredegar, now converted to residential and known as 'Hen Tafern' or 'Old Tavern'

Friday, 14 April 2017

Now and Then, former Clarence Inn, Rhymney

The former old Rhymney Brewery, the Clarence Inn, Clarence Row, Rhymney, has been demolished for housing

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Now and Then, former Three Horse Shoes pub, Maesteg

The former old Rhymney Brewery pub, the Three Horse Shoes, Bethania Street, Maesteg has been demolished for road widening

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Now and Then, former New Hearts of Oak Hotel, Nantyffyllon, Maesteg


The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the New Hearts of Oak Hotel, Nantyffyllon, Maesteg. The front of the hotel was on the now demolished section of Coegnant Road, the rear of the hotel originally overlooked a railway line where the main road, Heol Tywith now runs. The name of the pub is still remembered as the bus stop to the right of the Streetview image is known as 'Hearts of Oak'.




Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Now and then, former New Inn, Llanfoist

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the New Inn, The Cutting, Llanfoist, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. Llanfoist was had a number of pubs, the New Inn, the Waterloo (situated by the railway line a few hundred yards away from the New Inn, the Llanfoist Inn (now the Spice Lounge Indian restaurant) and the Bridge Inn which is still open as a pub. The village was also home to Charles Edwards Brewery that was situated near the church on the junction of Merthyr Road and Lanellen Road. The brewery was taken over by Rhymney Brewery and houses are on the site today.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Now and Then, former Wheatsheaf Inn, Merthyr Tydfil

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Wheatsheaf Inn, stood on the corner of Glebeland Street and Wheatsheaf Lane. Demolished to build the 1970s monstrosity below which backs onto the bus station

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Now and Then, former New Inn, Fleur-de-lis, Blackwood


The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the New Inn, Victoria Road, Fleur-de-lis, Blackwood is now a private residence known as New Inn Cottage

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Now and Then, former Somerset Arms, Aberkenfig

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Somerset Arms, Dunraven Street, Aberkenfig

Friday, 7 April 2017

Now and then, former Six Bells, Evanstown, Gilfach Goch

 The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Six Bells Hotel, Maesteg Row, Evanstown, Gilfach Goch has been demolished but, unusually for this street the lower walls have been left standing.





Thursday, 6 April 2017

Now and then, former Cwmffrwdoer, Pontnewynydd

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Cwffrwdoer, Chapel Road, Cwmffrwdoer, Pontnewynydd is now a private house

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Now and Then, former Albion Hotel, Cilfynydd

The ex-Rhymney Brewery pub, the Albion Hotel, Cilfynydd Road, Cilfynydd, Mid-Glamorgan, has been demolished and Albion Flats are now there.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Newport MP celebrates Bud Light

From my understanding the "beer" factory just outside of Newport at Magor is now producing the delightful Bud Light, something that not even Simon Martin has attempted to wash his car with, yet.
Local MP and holder of all the dirt on disgraced former cabinet minister Ron 'Badger' Davies, Jessica Morden MP for Newport East and the Dodgy Parts of South Monmouthshire recently co-hosted an event in Parliament foe AB InBev who also make Becks, Stella, Boddingtons and Corona at their Magor factory, all with water from the Severn Tunnel (Remember to flush the toilet on train journeys through the tunnel, those beers need all the flavour they can get).
Anyway on the recent beer duty debate debate it appears that AB InBev managed to persuade the MP for Newport West to ask the following question:
I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way again; he is very generous. On responsible drinking, another change has been the move to lower alcohol beer. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that beer with an alcoholic strength of less than 3.5% is subject to 66% more duty than very high-strength cider at 7.5%? Does he agree that we could do more to incentivise the consumption of beers under 3.5%?
Hansard
A pity the rather gormless Member of Parliament chooses to support multi-nationals producing poor quality beer rather than her local brewery, Castles Brewery, still the GMB union, who represent the workers in the Magor factory continue to pump donations into her, no doubt  to ask questions on behalf of AB Inbev. 

Reminds me of the old song:


The Man That Waters the Workers' Beer

The Man That Waters the Workers' Beer is from the pen of "Paddy Ryan" (Dr. R. E. W. Fisher) written in 1938 when he was a medical student. He recorded the song a year later, with The International, as the first releast of the nascent Topic Records.

I am the man, the very fat man
     That waters the workers' beer
     I am the man, the very fat man
     That waters the workers' beer
     And what do I care if it makes them ill
     If it makes them terribly queer
     I've a car, a yacht, and an aeroplane,
     And I waters the workers' beer.

Now when I waters the workers' beer
I puts in strychnine
Some methylated spirits
And a can of kerosene
Ah, but such a brew so terribly strong
It would make them terribly queer
So I reaches my hand for the watering-can
And I waters the workers' beer:

Now a drop of good beer is good for a man
When he's tired, thirsty and hot
And I sometimes have a drop myself
From a very special pot
For a strong and healthy working class
Is the thing that I most fear
So I reaches my hand for the watering-can
And I waters the workers' beer:

Now ladies fair, beyond compare
Be you maiden or wife
Spare a thought for such a man
Who leads such a lonely life
For the water rates are frightfully high,
And the meths is terribly dear
And there ain't the profit there used to be
In watering the workers' beer:

Now and the, former Patriot Inn, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Patriot Inn stood on High Street, Dowlais, the junction with Market Street can be seen in the right of the photo.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Now and Then, former Mount Pleasant Inn, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil

The ex-Rhymney Brewery pub, the Mount Pleasant Inn, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, stood on the corner of Union Street and George Street. Today George Street has vanished and Union Street is Lower Union Street and truncated to the right of the images.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Beer Revolution in Hay has moved!

A couple of years ago the Brew Wales editor visited Beer Revolution in Hay-on-Wye, an adventurous bottle shop located in the historic old stables of Hay-on-Wye Castle.
 The old premises of Beer Revolution

The new premises of Beer Revolution, 7 Market Street

The first major difference is not having to duck when walking through the front door of the new place! Whereas the Castle Stables was a dark and rather cramped premises the new Beer revolution, converted from a former shop is light and airy with plenty of seating and an outside area at the rear of the premises. 


There is also a bar serving six draught beers, good to see Beavertown, Moor and Hillside Breweries represented. Freshly ground coffees are also available with plans to do food in the next few weeks.


The large fridges with beers from the local Lucky 7 Beer Co, Hay-on-Wye's own brewery, along with beers from Tiny Rebel Brewery, Dugges, Wiper and True, Crafty Devil and Siren to name just a few.


All the beers and ciders are available to take out or drink in


 A welcome edition to the pub scene in Hay-on-Wye


7 Market Street
Hay on Wye
HR3 5AF

Whilst in Hay, we heard that the lease of Kilverts has been taken over by Brecon Brewing.

Now and then, former Dowlais Inn, Merthyr Tydfil

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Dowlais Inn, High Street/corner of Lower Union Road, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil. Now demolished along with the surrounding streets.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Now and then, former Whitbread Carmarthen Depot

The former Whitbread Carmarthen Depot, Alltycnap Road, Johnston which was in use from 1974 until 1983 and replaced an earlier depot at No 7 The Quay that was used from 1955 until 1974.




Friday, 31 March 2017

Now and Then, former South Wales Railway Inn, Cardiff


The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the South Wales Railway Inn dates back at least to 1855. The address was West Wharf as the canal ran in front of the pub where St Mary Street is today. What is more remarkable is that this building is still standing although no longer trading as a pub.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Now & Then, the former George Hotel, Bute Street, Cardiff

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the George Hotel, 138 Bute Street, Cardiff was demolished sometime before 1975 and housing was built on the site

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Coffee grows Brains profits


S A Brain & Co Ltd has announced operating profit up by 23% to £5.5m, as turnover grew by 7% to £135m, for the financial year ending October 1, 2016.
Sales increases were largely the consequence of continued growth of the group’s award-winning Coffee#1 business, which grew by 28% following the opening of 14 new stores, and underlying growth in existing stores.
The company’s managed pub estate grew by 3% in total compared to the previous year, and by 1.5% on a like-for-like sales basis, outperforming the overall national pub market by about 0.8%.
Chief executive, Scott Waddington, said: “A wide number of initiatives were undertaken across the business during the year as we implement our five-year plan. I have been pleased with the progress that has been made in the last 12 months and delighted by the customer reaction to our pub developments, coffee shops, new food offers and beers.
“The opening of 14 new coffee shops, the development at The Dock Bar & Kitchen in Cardiff Bay and the brewing of Phonics, in collaboration with the Stereophonics, have been particular highlights.
“Everyone across the company worked extremely hard on managing the development of the business during the year and I would like to thank them all for their efforts. We recognise that our people are the key to our success and we have continued to invest in training and development for both our head office and retail teams.”
More than £6m was invested in the company’s managed pubs, including £1.2m in the Dock. Sales were boosted by strong growth in food of 5%. Pub operating costs were 0.5% lower than prior year, despite continued investment in staff development, marketing and the additional costs resulting from the introduction of the National Living Wage.
Coffee#1 was named coffee chain of the year at the CafĂ© Life Awards for the seventh time in eight years.
                          Letting agreement
Underlying sales across the leased and tenanted pub estate were down by just over 1%, while rationalisation continued with the sale of 13 commercially unviable pubs.
The year saw the successful introduction of the company’s new letting agreement, tenant support packages and pricing initiatives. Thirteen new agreements were signed during the year and six major pub redevelopment schemes were undertaken.
Sales of Brains’ portfolio of ales followed a wider consumer trend for more moderate alcohol consumption, with sales of Brains beers down on the prior year. However, The Rev James range, comprising Original, Gold and Rye, continued to grow, with sales increasing by 20% in the year. Total volume through the brewery increased by 8%, mainly driven by contract brewing for Heineken. This contract came to an end in March 2017.
John Rhys, chairman of S A Brain, said: “The year saw good progress being made across many of the fundamental areas of the business and it is encouraging to see the significant improvement in operating profit”.
“We invested significantly in the fabric of our managed pub estate at a level ahead of our business plan in order to continue to improve our guests’ experiences. Through our new agreements and an enhanced level of investment in our leased and tenanted pub estate we are now seeing real growth potential, whilst Coffee#1 expanded further in terms of store numbers, sales and profit contribution.”

Now and Then, former Glamorgan Hotel, Cardiff

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Glamorgan Hotel stood on the corner of North Church Street and Canal Parade in Cardiff

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Now and Then, former Union Hotel, Abersychan

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Union Hotel, corner of Union Street and Broad Street, Abersychan, demolished for road widening and a car park. Union Street has been diverted to the left of the picture today.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Now and Then, former Railway Bar, Aberdare


The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Railway Bar Hotel, on the corner of Commercial Street and Duke Street, Aberdare, is now a Co-Op Bank.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Now and Then, former Heathcock Inn, Aberdare

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Heathcock Inn, Aberdare was situated on 'Heath Corner', the junction of High Street and Seymour Street. The pub and the surrounding buildings were demolished in the 1970s for road widening and to build St Mary's Day Centre.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Now and Then, former Cwmneol pub, Cwmaman

The former Cwneol pub, Fforchamen Road, Cwmaman, Aberdare. An inn on this site is marked on the 1881 map. This former Rhymney Brewery pub appears to have been demolished in order to widen the road.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Now and Then, former Ivorites pub, Aberbeeg

The former Ivorites pub in Aberbeeg was named after a Victorian friendly society and was owned by Rhymney Brewery. The pub was demolished to widen the Cwm to Aberbeeg Road





"At the centre of Aberbeeg was the brewery, Webb's Welsh Ales, and, at the front of
it, the Hanbury Hotel. In my mind, I was able to use this pub before its "oldness" was
ripped out before the brass and copper, and the old smokers' chairs and the mahogany bars were replaced with plastic and polystyrene, Formica and chipboard.
The other pub in the village was situated about 150 yards to the north, at the entrance to a small narrow side valley called Cwmbeeg Dingle. The meeting of the brook which flows down the dingle and the River Ebbw gives us the name Aberbeeg. The pub was called The Ivorites after a friendly society of the Victorian period.
It was demolished to make way for the re-routing of the Cwm to Aberbeeg road. My parents often took us there and we would sit outside in the summer sunshine, the corners of our mouths
burning from the salty, greasy, scrumptious crisps, and then a sip from a lemonade that 
actually contained essences of lemons.!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Now and Then, Railway Inn, Pencoed

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Railway Inn, Pencoed, is now known as the Chatterton Arms

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Now and Then, former Griffin Inn, Rudry

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Griffin Inn, Rudry, Glamorgan, is now a private residence called, "The Old Griffin". Situated next door to St James' Church, the pub was reputed to have had medieval origins

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Now and Then, former Blandy Arms, Ogmore Vale

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Blandy Arms, High Street, Ogmore Vale has been converted into a private house

Monday, 20 March 2017

Now and Then, former Ogmore Valley Hotel, Ogmore Vale

The former Rhymney Brewery pub, the Ogmore Valley Hotel, Commercial Street, Ogmore Vale, has been converted into flats.

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