Here at Tenby Brewing we love all things beer, and we're lucky to be part of the current and ever improving UK beer scene.
Our progressive and innovative approach to brewing means that our beers are always evolving and improving. While our focus is on consistency and quality in the core range, we are constantly experimenting with new styles and flavours for our small batch limited edition brews.
THE STORY SO FAR
James and I (Rob) released our first commercial beer 'Barefoot Blonde' in early 2015 having decided that some of the beer we were producing at home was far more interesting than the mass produced beers available in our local pubs and shops. That first batch of beer sold out in a matter of days, which was lucky since we would've been unable to brew a second without those funds! We went on to produce another 4 beers in 2015 including our 'Black Flag Rum Porter', a witbeer and a red IPA. With some great local venues supporting us we were hitting the brewing capacity by summer and had to add an extra fermenter in an attempt to keep up! We got excited when 'Black Flag' came first at a Pembrokeshire CAMRA tasting event (competing with a host of other Pembrokeshire beers) and ecstatic when the guys at Tiny Rebel asked us to bring our beers to the capital for 'Cardiff brewfest' with a handful of the best breweries in the UK. We couldn't wait to see what 2016 would bring!
With a bit of experience behind us, we we're brewing at full speed even in the winter months and getting stacks of bottles ready so we could concentrate on cask production for the peak season. By spring we had won our first SIBA award for 'Black Flag', distributed our beer to Swansea, Cardiff, Birmingham, London and all over the UK.. We were getting frustrated by our capacity and looking at how we could fund an expansion! By summer we were sending beer out by the pallet load, we ran out of beer a couple of times during the summer which wasnt ideal.. but we couldn't brew any faster. We we're among the first breweries in Wales to put our beer in cans and went on to start kegging our beer by the end of summer. Somewhere in July we had the opportunity to take on a premises in the centre of Tenby, which we somehow found the time to convert into a craft beer/street food venue (now Sandbar) and take on an amazing team to run it! The end of summer didnt slow us down, with a network of distributors covering most of the UK and our brewery tap exceeding our expectations we had to find a way to increase production. We started talking to banks, friends, family and anyone who might have some spare cash to help us grow the business.. We had an ideal premises in mind and knew we had to find a way to do it!
There is nothing more frustrating than saying 'no' to a customer who wants to buy your beer, which is hard for the customer to understand with a range now including 11 different styles, something had to change.. and fast! Desperate to expand production, we finally secured some funding.. find out what's been happening since on our blog
Rob & James