We began brewing at our new home in January 2017, and officially opened the new brewery in July.
Our dual stream, 30bbl brewhouse gives us a maximum capacity of 5million litres annually.
We invested heavily in packaging, with a new cask racker, German kegging machine and Italian bottling line. For the first time ever, we canned our beers, bringing an American canning line in-house.
But we quickly realised this place wouldn't be big enough, so in September we bought the plot across the road - doubling our footprint here at Wern and giving us plenty of space to grow into.
And we opened our doors to welcome you into our world. With tours and tastings, and an incredible bar on site, we're extremely proud to call this place home!
We reached maximum capacity with no options for expansion. But that didn’t stop us. Still wanting to keep that creative spark alive, we promised to brew 30 new beers over the course of the year.
Our original brewhouse was put up for sale, in preparation for the next chapter in our story. We secured a site, got to the drawing board with our architects, and announced plans to move to a bespoke new brewery for 2017.
We hit 20 export destinations, brewed our 1000th Gyle, released a Cwtch homebrew kit, became main sponsor of the Newport Food & Drink Festival and then won two major awards - SIBA’s Brewery Business of the Year & the International Beer Challenge UK Brewer of the Year.
In August, we attended the Great British Beer Festival for the first time, with 8 cask lines on our bar. We became one of only a handful of breweries to have been invited to occupy part of the main bar, to sell out by Sunday.
In May 2015, we opened a month-long pop-up bar in our home town of Newport, called Urban Pop-Up. Freshly made pizza, beers brewed just ten minutes away and that distinctive Tiny Rebel atmosphere brought something totally new to the city.
We made it three years in a row in the top three of the Champion Beer of Wales competition, with Hadouken taking Bronze.
But 2015 brought us something even more monumental.
We became the first brewery from Wales, and the youngest brewery ever to win Champion Beer of Britain, with Cwtch taking the top prize.
We brought Cardiff its first independent beer festival, inviting brewery friends from all over the UK to come and show Wales what they do. And in October, we opened our second permanent bar on the site of Urban Pop-Up.
In March we collaborated with Hogan’s to launch our first cider, Rocksteady.
Then in April, we let our first lager Bo'Ho loose on the world.
Investments were made adding new fermenters, casks, software and staff, allowing us to level up the business.
Our fledgling bar Urban Tap House was beat strong opposition to be awarded a trophy from Shortlist Magazine for being the Best New Bar in Britain. In October, we won the Insider Media Made in Wales Food and Drink Award.
Oh, and between those two, we became the first brewery to defend their Champion Beer of Wales title at the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival.
2013 was huge. We brewed our strongest beer, NP10, a Belgian Golden Ale, in February. We launched the first version of our online shop to get the hottest Tiny Rebel gear straight to our fans.
We bought a 1960s Bedford CF Ice Cream van, pimped it out and drove it right into the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival. In our first year eligible for the competition, we drove away with a clean sweep of Gold, Silver and Bronze - the first brewery ever to win all three top spots.
Then in August, we announced that we’d be opening a bar in the heart of Cardiff. Urban Tap House, as it was called then, is Cardiff’s first and biggest beer-focused bar.
We did our first collab with the world renowned Newport super-group Goldie Lookin’ Chain, launched a charity brew called Movembeer and exported to 8 countries. And we got in to trouble trying to export FUBAR to Sweden...
It all started on the 16th February, at The Commercial, Pontyminster. Our first two beers, FUBAR and Urban IPA were launched, after years of experimenting with recipes and business plans.
Lots more beer releases followed before we made our debut at the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival. Despite stocking up well, we were the first brewery to sell out on every day of the festival.
We secured our first permanent lines in bars in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, as well as opened a brewery bar to host visitors and treat ourselves to a pint after a hard day’s brewing.
All of that, with only 2 staff and a max annual capacity of 80,000 litres.
Back when Tiny Rebel was just a twinkle in the eye...
Gazz had taught Brad about beer and they were homebrewing together for a bit. Friends and family that they gave the beer to were coming back again and again. It was all starting to take off...
So they took the plunge. Recipes? Easy. Business Plan? No problem.
The real difficulty was to put a name and an image to what we wanted to do.
But eventually it became blindingly obvious. Two blokes in a garage seeking an alternative to big brewery rubbish. We're tiny, but we're rebels. We are Tiny Rebel.
All we needed was an image that ties together every aspect of our attitude - fun, creativity, relaxation and rebelliousness.
Like our home city of Newport, we're a bit rough around the edges. We love the urban environment and all the graffiti artwork that comes with it.
We needed something to tie all this together. And so our bear came to be!