Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

(Prof. GA wonders, if Bragdy is still brewing, how it compares with the nanobreweries. See previous article. This post may qualify as mostly a “historic marker.” The end of this article there’s a comment regarding whether they are still brewing.)


From various sources: as noted.

Bragdy Gwynant Brewery in Wales measures less than 5 sq ft and can host only one customer. It was an outside toilet once, but now it became worlds smallest brewery. It produces nine gallons of ale for every 14 days.


Bragdy Gwynant Brewery, housed in the front of the Tynllidiart Arms pub at Capel Bangor near the seaside town of Aberystwyth, occupies an area less than five-feet square.

The brewery reopened in August 2004 after a gap of two years and has a brewing capacity of 40.9 litres (nine gallons) per batch all of which goes to the adjacent pub. The recipe for the beer is a closely guarded secret. Seasonal local produce is used wherever possible in the restaurant and bar, which attracts customers from far and wide.


Margaret and Mark Phillips, who own the Tynllidiart Arms and the brewery, said the beer had a secret recipe.

“We thought it would be nice to brew our own local beer and luckily we had a brewer living a few doors down who was able to help.

I’m using a secret recipe but brewing beer is like making a good curry – it takes a few goes to get it absolutely spot on
Brewer Chris Giles

Mrs Phillips added: “We’ve tried to use as many local ingredients as we can in the beer and we use the same policy in our restaurant.”

The brewery once claimed a place in the record books.

“It was in the Guinness Book of Records a few years ago as the smallest brewery in the world, but when it closed two years ago it lost its place,” said Mrs Phillips.

“But we’ll be applying again in the next few weeks to become the smallest commercial brewery again.”

Brewer Chris Giles, who lives a few doors down from the brewery, runs a real ale business.

He said: “The brewery was originally the men’s outside toilet.”

Brewer Chris Giles checks out the colour of the new ale

Brewer Chris Giles checks out the colour of the new ale

“It’s very small and there’s not much room once all they brewing equipment is in there.”

“We don’t have a name for the beer yet and it’s in the experimental stage.”

“It may need a bit of development over the next few weeks before we get the definitive pint.”

“I’m using a secret recipe but brewing beer is like making a good curry – it takes a few goes to get it absolutely spot on.”

Tony Jerome of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said: “We are always pleased to hear of real ale breweries re-opening as this means more choice for the beer consumer to try.”

(From article printed just after the brewery reopened. Source: BBC)

(Tynllidiart Arms)

As of 2009 Bragdy Gwynant was listed on a Wales pub crawl and is still listed under Welsh breweries in Wiki, but if you click on the link the page has been deleted. Note: the user with the name TexasAndroid who deleted it considers himself a “Reverter of vandalism,” so it’s possible the page had been vandalized and that’s why it was deleted, for now. Being a brewery based in former outhouse: quite possible.

His own statement about editing at Wiki is: “I’m currently on Wikibreak, mostly burned out on Wikipedia. I’ll still be checking in a few times a week, but my amount of editing will likely remain quite low, as it has been in the past few weeks. As for the future, who knows….”

In 2009 CAMRA stated it was not brewing, but that site hasn’t been updated since then. Tynllidiart Arms still lists themselves as “home to the world’s smallest brewery.” It’s all a bit confusing.

By Professor Good Ales

Mythical poster at The LTS Good for What Ales You Beer Journal. Loves good beer. Hates same old, same old. Muses that Bud and Miller might as well be brewed in urinals. Drinks lagers too, if they are complex and interesting.

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