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“The finest Munich art of brewing since 1634 –
Paulaner is Munich tradition”

February 24th, 1634 is a special date for the Paulaner brewery. On this date, the Munich commercial brewers filed a complaint with the mayor in order to ban the Paulaner monks of the Neudeck monastery in the Au district from selling their home-brewed beer. They were unsuccessful. This first official reference is to this day still considered the founding date of the Paulaner brewery and has been a vital part of Munich’s culture, tradition and history ever since.

The popularity of Paulaner beer has always extended beyond the city limits of Munich.  The special enjoyment of beer, our highly skilled brewmaster and the famous Bavarian way of life, are just a few factors contributing to Paulaner’s success –locally and internationally.


Located in Alsace, a few miles north of Strasbourg, the Meteor brewery boasts skills dating back to 1640 to give the beer its quality and taste. 

Today, it brews a wide range of unique products for you to discover the pleasure of drinking beer. A family brewery for 7 generations, it has stuck to its ideals with a variety of recipes and its selection standards for the highest quality ingredients.

For nearly 4 centuries, the Meteor brewers’ ancestral expertise has been passed down and improved from one generation to the next, in keeping with the family tradition. Every production stage – from choosing the ingredients to packaging – respects the methods learnt and refined over the years by the Meteor brewers.  A unique knowledge which brings out all the flavour and subtlety of recipes which have been jealously guarded over 7 generations: the Haag family’s treasure.



For more than a hundred years the Thatcher family has been quietly perfecting the magic that turns apples into cider.

Our cidermakers love to marry traditional techniques with state of the art technology to create ciders that are smooth, fresh and full of flavour.
Straight from the orchards, our apples are delivered and tipped into our apple bays.
Every load is weighed, quality checked and graded. We test sugar levels before picking to ensure only the highest quality fruit enters the mill.

The apples are floated into the mill, washed and mashed. The mash is pressed to extract the juice. We have five Bucher Guyer presses which benefit from the most advanced technology to enhance the efficiency of the press.


Proud to be Welsh, proud to be family owned

With over 100 years of experience crafting delicious beers our master brewers have perfected the art of ale; our beers include the favourite classic range, the beloved Rev. James trilogy,  the experimental flavoured Craft Brewery beers and the ever changing seasonal range.

Family owned since 1882, a grand total of 8 members of the Brain family have guided the company through tumultuous times – this includes two World Wars; the threat of prohibition and difficult economic climates!

Throughout our history, Brains has expanded far beyond a small Cardiff Brewery into a leading Welsh business and the iconic ‘pint of Wales.’ Each Chairman has left their mark on the company whilst following Samuel Arthur Brain’s principles of passion and pride.  John Rhys is our current Chairman.


Yorkshire – Born & Bred…

Black Sheep was born from the pioneering spirit of Paul Theakston who, in 1992, followed his heart and dared to start a new brewery.

Set in Masham, North Yorkshire, Black Sheep produces much loved cask, keg and bottled beers and continues to go against the grain with a flow of new and experimental brews. Each beer is the culmination of brewing expertise spanning six family generations. Today, Paul’s sons Rob and Jo Theakston continue that spirit as Black Sheep stands tall amongst UK breweries, built on a solid reputation for creating beer of outstanding quality full of passion and integrity.