Tiny Rebel Brewing
Gareth Williams attended our Brewing Skills Development course in January 2012 and has since gone on to co-found the award-winning Tiny Rebel Brewery in South Wales. Along with Brad Cummings, the brewery was set up in February 2012 and has rapidly grown in popularity and acclaim. A recent expansion has seen Tiny Rebel move into brand new purpose built facilities with 2 x 30BBL twin brew stream brew kit.
Story and Success
The story began in a garage in 2008 where Brad and Gareth 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 them going.
During the R&D phase of perfecting recipes the focus was also on the brand. Gareth and Brad wanted Tiny Rebel to represent them and the things they were interested in growing up – Urban culture, 90’s music, being a bit rebellious they didn’t want to take themselves too seriously. A ruffed up bear armed with a spray can was created who was ready to take on the world.
After 2 years of hard work, test brewing on week nights and on weekends (clocking up over 150+ brews) they officially launched in February 2012 with two solid beers, FUBAR and Urban IPA. Little did they know that both beers would go on to win awards.
In April 2013 Tiny Rebel went global and began exporting to Denmark and Australia. In June 2013, as first time entrants, the beers cleaned up at the Great Welsh Beer Festival. Dirty Stop Out won gold, FUBAR won silver and Urban IPA won Bronze. Only a year after launching Brad and Gareth picked up the Business Young Achiever Award for Wales.
Towards the end of 2013 Tiny Rebel opened Cardiff’s first-ever, fully devoted craft beer bar called Urban Tap House.
In 2014 Tiny Rebel was crowned overall Winner in the Made in Wales Food and Drink competition
In the second year of entering the Champion Beer of Wales competition FUBAR was crowned Champion.
In 2012 the brewery produced 82,000 litres. But after two mental years of awards, growth and 20+ new beers 2014 ended on a high by going way beyond target and producing just under 500,000 litres that year. The next phase of expansion was quickly underway that would the capability to produce 850,000 litres annually.
2015 was already a big year but in August 2015 when the team headed down to London for the Great British Beer Festival where 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 to be extremely proud of.
November 2015 saw the opening of the second Urban Tap House bar in the heart of our home town of Newport.
In 2016 Tiny Rebel secured a prestigious industry award by being declared Best Brewery in the UK and Best Bar the UK by The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). During the finals of the Intentional Beer Challenge Awards Tiny Rebel won Brewery of the year UK 2016, Gold Medal for Cwtch, Gold Medal for Cali and Bronze Medal for Dirty Stop Out
The Decision to Attend Brewlab
Having decided to launch Tiny Rebel, Gareth wanted to advance his existing brewing skills to a commercial level. ‘Brewlab offered an indepth course into brewing, including microbiology techniques, theory & practical brewing skills. There was no other organisation who offered this range of skills.‘
He identified the 4 day Brewing Skills Development as the ideal course for him due to the in depth theory and practical aspects covered. ‘The theory behind the brewing process was excellent, learning how to calculate extracts from grists, IBU’s & EBC’s by hand gave an excellent basic knowledge. The microbiology class was also a highlight.’
Brewlab Impact on Brewing and Business
‘The quality of Brewlab training helped us brew our brands to the highest and most consistent levels achievable. Not only did Brewlab help on the skills development course, they have always supplied us with help & support in the brewery.’
Training New Staff – Benefits of Brewlab
With the brewery going from strength to strength, the need for more brewery staff became vitally important. Whilst new recruits were passionate and knowledgeable about beer and the Tiny Rebel brand, Gareth wanted to send them to Brewlab to gain the level of skills and expertise that had helped him in the beginning. ‘After completing the course myself, it was a no brainer to send our brewers on the brewing skills development course.Gaining an understanding on theory behind what you’re physically doing is very important to fully understand your job, the brewing skills course offers this to all our brewing staff.’