ACT 5 - Extreme Sailing Series - Cardiff Bay and to track down some Welsh Beer, Welsh Breweries and the Harbour Festival.
Ah, but I hear you say Tiny Rebel Brewing Company is in Newport! So, it is, but their Urban Tap-House Pub; 'Best New Pub in Britain' - of which more later, is in Westgate Street, Cardiff.
Somehow the GPS has taken me over the magnificent Severn Bridge and pointed me towards Newport, only some 12 miles from Cardiff with the unavoidable possibility of finding the renown Tiny Rebel Brewery. It is, after all, practice day in the Bay Thursday, and there is some time for tiny luxuries.
The Severn Bridge never fails to amaze, including the £6.50 toll fee, which future Governments may reduce to as little as £2.00 after 2018, when debts are paid and privatisation ceases. Since it was opened in 1966, over 300,000,000 vehicles have used the original bridge.
It is now less than three weeks before Newport becomes a huge centre of interest, as it will become the host for the forthcoming Nato Summit. Weather permitting there will be a Battle of Britain fly-past along the banks of the Usk on Saturday as part of a Nato-themed celebration, ahead of next month's summit. The Red Devils may even sky dive onto the pitch at Rodney Parade... Scott however, will sky-dive into the Tiny Rebel Brewery in the Maesglas Industrial Estate just off the A48 north of the Alexandra Docks.
History has it that in a garage way back in 2008, the brothers in law, Bradley and Gareth Williams would spend most weekends home brewing.
As refinement came, so did commercial reality. But it would be two years of home brewing research and development before a decision was made to leave their full time jobs and in 2010 the Tiny Rebel concept was born. These self confessed beer geeks launched their micro-brewery in 2012, with a desire to perfect and innovate each and every brew. After only a year of opening, they took the Great Welsh Beer Festival by storm and won Gold with 'Dirty Stop Out', Silver with 'FUBAR' and Bronze with 'Urban IPA' in the Champion Beer of Wales competition!
Of course, retiring was out of the question! Only four months after that, Cardiff saw its first fully devoted craft beer and cider bar, called Urban Tap House, contemporising the centuries old tradition of drinking real ale, described as a drinkers haven!
Winning can become a habit, but only a deserving one. Tiny Rebel has won Gold again this year with FUBAR, a win for the 2nd year running in the Champion Beer of Wales competition.
Time to take a closer look at some of Tiny's beers: The ledger reads, up to 18 Cask ales, up to 21 Kegs, and a similar number in bottles, with an output of over 650 casks in the UK alone.
Amongst a generous helping of other beers supporting other breweries, Tiny Rebel have Brewery/shop availability - Hadouken 7.4%; Dirty Stop Out 5%; FUBAR 4.4%; Urban IPA 5.5%; The Full Nelson 4.8% and NP10 10% ; Lok-lite 4.5% and unfiltered Bohemium larger BOHO 5% along with 2L Take Out Growlers on certain days. Full specs and availability can be found on their website: www.tinyrebel.co.uk.
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