Hey, we're Tiny Rebel, welcome to our world...
It all began in a garage in 2008 where Brad and Gazz homebrewed on weekends. They got pretty good at it and being beer geeks at heart they always took things that one step further.
In 2010 the idea for Tiny Rebel was born, with a few thousand pounds investment into some decent 50 litre homebrewing equipment and a pallet load of ingredients to get us going. Let the research commence.
During the R&D phase of perfecting our recipes our focus was also on our brand. We wanted Tiny Rebel to represent us and things that we were interested in growing up - Urban culture, 90's music, being a bit rebellious and not taking ourselves too seriously. So we created a ruffed up bear armed with a spray can who was ready to take on the world.
After 2 years of grafting, test brewing on week nights and on weekends (clocking up over 150+ brews) we officially launched in February 2012 with two solid beers, FUBAR and Urban IPA. Little did we know that both beers would go on to win awards.
Shortly after the launch we released Cwtch and Dirty Stop Out and added them to our core range.
In April 2013 we decided to take Tiny Rebel global and began exporting to Denmark and Australia.
After years of being inspired by American IPAs it was time to produce our own. Hadouken, our 7.4% Amplified IPA was born and has been at the heart of our beer line up ever since. It's a dedication to the classic special move from one of our favourite video games from back in the 90’s.
In June 2013 we entered our beers in to the Great Welsh Beer Festival for the first time. The result:
- Dirty Stop Out (Gold)
- FUBAR (Silver)
- Urban IPA (Bronze)
A clean sweep...
Only a year after launching Brad and Gazz picked up the Business Young Achiever Award for Wales.
Towards the end of 2013 we opened Cardiff’s first-ever, fully devoted craft beer bar. Formerly the Urban Tap House, it’s now fully under the Tiny Rebel banner. It’s a beer drinkers haven, go check it out!
In 2014 Tiny Rebel was crowned overall Winner in the Made in Wales Food and Drink competition
In our second year of entering the Champion Beer of Wales competition FUBAR was crowned Champion.
In 2012 we produced 82,000 litres. But after two mental years of awards, growth and 20+ new beers we ended 2014 on a high by going way beyond our target and producing just under 500,000 litres that year. Our next phase of expansion was quickly underway that would give us the capability to produce 850,000 litres annually.
Somebody say Bo'H!! Yes, Bo’Ho is our first-ever lager. Not just any lager, it’s an unfiltered Bohemian lager that chills in our conditioning tank for 5 weeks.
Like all authentic-style beers we managed to source a traditional Bohemian lager strain to produce a beer with a distinctive malt back bone, fruity aroma and clean crisp finish. Traditional pilsner malt made up the majority of the malt bill with the Bohemian Saaz hops flavouring this amber beauty.
Who said lagers couldn’t be awesome?
2015 was already a big year for us but this topped it off. In August 2015 we headed down to London for the Great British Beer Festival where our beloved Cwtch was being judged in the Best Bitter category. Not only did it win Gold in its category, Cwtch then went on to win Overall Supreme Champion Beer of Britain, an achievement we are extremely proud of.
November 2015 saw us open our second Tiny Rebel bar in the heart of our home town of Newport.
We kicked 2016 by picking up some very prestigious industry awards by being declared Best Brewery in the UK and Best Bar the UK by The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA)
While bantering over a few beers at our Christmas party we decided to set ourselves a target of brewing and releasing 30 new beers in 2016. So far (April) we've produced these bad boys
In May 2016 we returned to our roots in the home-brew community with the release of our first home-brew kit, for the Champion Beer of Britain 2015, Cwtch.
We had an unbelievable time at the finals of the International Beer Challenge Awards. We picked up:
- Brewery of the year UK 2016
- Gold Medal for Cwtch
- Gold Medal for Cali
- Bronze Medal for Dirty Stop Out
After completing the installation of our new brewery kit and warehouse over Christmas we made the move over to our shiny new premises in January 2017. The new site will see our annual production capacity shoot from 850,000 to 5,000,000 litres. Next up we're working on the front of house which will include our new offices, a brewery shop, bar & kitchen plus a 400 person capacity event space.
We’ve upgraded our core range with the addition of favourites Juicy, Beatbox, Stay Puft, Clwb Tropicana, Hank and Fugg Life - keeping these beauties available all year round.
We installed our very own bottling and canning lines, and are now able to package all of our beer in house, whatever container it winds up in - bottle, can, keg or cask. First out of the blocks in can: Cwtch, Clwb Tropicana and Cali, with a super-lush selection of specials and seasonals waiting in the wings.