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Wales reaches 100 Breweries - the full list

For the first time since probably the 1930s, Wales now has over 100 active breweries.

The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the number of Welsh micro-breweries, with growth outstripping all other parts of the UK apart from London. Over the past couple of years, it has regularly been predicted that Wales would soon break the 100 brewery barrier, with 88 independent breweries recorded in 2015. It now appears that we have reached that landmark figure.

Below, we have listed all the active breweries in Wales – giving a total of 115. Four of those breweries are not yet brewing commercially (denoted by *). However, even discounting those 4 companies still leaves a total of 111 breweries operating in Wales.

The geographic footprint of the breweries is impressive, with every local authority area in Wales (yes, all 22) having at least one brewery! In terms of size and scale, the list is very diverse – including long-standing giant Brains alongside newly established microbreweries.

The rapid growth of the craft beer market, which now accounts for around 9% of beers sold in licensed premises in the UK, has been a key factor in the rapid explosion the number of Welsh breweries. Without a doubt, Wales should be considered an important epicentre of craft brewing.

If you spot any errors or omissions in the list below, please do comment. Enjoy!

Note - updated on 24/08 to include Bont Brew, location corrected for 4four and Axiom's status corrected. 
Note - updated on 27/08 to remove Erddig and North Wales, adding Brewsaurus.
Note - updated on 29/08 to add Beer Riff Brewing and Two Drifters Brewery. 
Note - updated on 11/09 to include 9 Lives, Castlegate and The Prince of Ales. 
Note - updated on 31/12/17 to include Left Bank, Crafty Dragon, Magic Dragon and Brew Monster
Update 06/04/2018 - Otley (sadly) removed, addition of Loka Polly, Tinworks Brewing Co. and Bragdy a Chegin. 

Bragdy 4four Brewery
Bethesda, Pembrokeshire
9 Lives Brewing
Ystradgynlais, Powys
Anglesey Brewing Company
Anglesey - Ynys Mon
Anglesey Brewhouse*
Anglesey - Ynys Mon
The Axiom Brewing Co.
Baa Brewing
Chepstow, Monmouthshire
Bang-on Brewery
BeerRiff Brewing Co.
Big Hand Brewing Co.
Black Brook Beer Co.
Mold, Flintshire
Bluestone Brewing Co.
Newport, Pembrokeshire
Bont Brew
Borough Brewery
Boss Brewing Company
Bragdy a Chegin
Bragdy Lleu
Penygroes, Gwynedd
Bragdy Nant Brewery
Llanrwst, Conwy
Bragdy Twt Lol
Pontypridd, RCT
Brecon Brewing
Brecon, Powys
Brew Monster
Cwmbran, Torfaen
Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan
Bryncelyn Brewery
Ystradgynlais, Swansea
Bullmastiff Brewery
Buzzard Brewery
Caffle Brewery
Narbeth, Pembrokeshire
Castlegate Brewery
Castles Brewery
Caldicot, Monmouthshire
Cerddin Brewery
Cwmfelin, Bridgend
Coles Family Brewery
Llanddarog, Carmarthenshire
Conwy Brewery
Crafty Devil Brewing Co.
Crafty Dragon Brewery
Brecon Beacons
Cwm Rhondda Ales
Treorchy, RCT
Cwrw Cader
Dolgellau, Gwynedd
Cwrw Ial Community Brewing Company
Eryrys, Denbighshire
Cwrw Llyn
Nefyn, Gwynedd
Cwrw Ogwen
Bethesda, Gwynedd
Denbigh Brewery
Deva Craft Beer
Sandycroft, Flintshire
Dovecote Brewery
Druid Brewery
Anglesey - Ynys Mon
Evan Evans
Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire
Facer's Flintshire Brewery
Flnt Mountain, Flintshire
Felinfoel Brewery
Felinfoel, Carmarthenshire
Geipel Brewing
Llangwm, Debighshire
Glamorgan Brewing Co.
Llantrisant, RCT
Gower Brewery
Oldwalls, Swansea
Great Orme Brewery
Llandudno, Conwy
Grey Trees Brewery
Aberdare, RCT
Gwaun Valley Brewery
Fishguard, Pembrokshire
Hafod Brewing Company
Mold, Flintshire
Handmade Beer Company
Capel Dewi, Carmarthenshire
Harbwr Tenby Harbour
Heart of Wales Brewery
Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys
Heavy Industry Brewery
Henllan, Denbighshire
Hopcraft - Pixie Spring Brewery
Pontyclun, RCT
Jacobi Brewery of Caio
Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire
Kingstone Brewery
Tintern, Monmouthshire
Left Bank Brewery
Sennybridge, Powys
Lines Brew Co.
Lithic Brewing
Llangorse, Powys
Little Dragon Brewery
Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire
Llangollen Brewery
Loka Polly
Lucky 7 Beer Co.
Hay-on-Wye, Powys
Mad Dog Brewing Co.
Penperlleni, Monmouthshire
Magic Dragon Brewing Brewing
Mantle Brewery
Aberteifi, Ceredigion
McGivern Ales
Ruabon, Wrexham
Melin Tap
Pontypool, Torfaen
Monty's Brewery
Montgomery, Powys
Mountain Hare Brewery
Pencoed, Bridgend
Mumbles Brewery
Neath Ales
Port Talbot
New Plassey Brewery
Oast House Brewery
See Brecon
Old Market Brewery
Caernarfon, Gwynedd
Ollie's Brewery
Pen-Lon Cottage Brewery
Llanarth, Ceredigion
The Pilot Brewery
Mumbles, Swansea
The Prince of Ales
Ferryside, Carmarthenshire
Purple Moose Brewery
Porthmadog, Gwynedd
Radnorshire Ales
New Radnor, Powys
Rhymney Brewery
Blaenavon, Torfaen
Rival Brewing Co.
Roath Brewery
RT Ales
Sandstone Brewery
Seal Bay Brewery
Saint Dogmaels, Ceredigion
Seren Brewing Co.
Rosebush, Pembrokeshire
Snowdonia Brewery
Waunfawr, Gwynedd
Surfing Monkey Brewery
Swansea Brewing Company
Tenby Brewing Co.
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
The Friends Arms Brewery
Tinworks Brewing Company
Tiny Rebel Brewery
Rogerstone, Newport
Tomos a Lilford
Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
Tomos Watkin
Tudor Brewery
Llanhileth, Blaenau Gwent
Two Drifters Brewery*
Untapped Brewing Company
Raglan, Monmouthshire
Violet cottage
Gwaelod-y-Garth, Cardiff
VOG Brewery
Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
Waen Brewery
see Hopcraft
Well Drawn Brewing Company
West By Three Brewing Co.
Wild Horse Brewing Company
Llandudno, Conwy
Wilderness Brewery*
Wrexham Lager Beer Company
Zepto Brewhouse
Zerodegrees (Brewpub)


  1. 4Four brewery is in Pembrokeshire not Gwynedd. Cem

  2. North Wales Brewery has vanished over two years ago thankfully

  3. Please note Erddig Brewery has ceased brewing and is up for sale

  4. We've opened up a brewery in Dinas Powys.. Probably the smallest one in Wales right now, but trading. Brewsaurus.

  5. Mat at The Star Talybont here: just to mention that Huw is a neighbour of ours here and Crafty Dragon is at Pontsticill, therefor Merthyr Tydfil is indeed covered now as well! :)

    1. Great news, thanks for confirming Matt!

  6. Very soon to be another


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