Still owned by the descendants of the founders who took over a fledgling brewery in a small stone building behind a Cardiff pub in 1882, the Brains SA ales name can be found above the door of over 270 pubs, bars and hotels across Wales and the West of England.
Brewed at The Cardiff Brewery, Brains SA award-winning beers are now widely available across Wales and can increasingly be found throughout the rest of Britain – in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Morrisons supermarkets, as well as in pubs all over the country as guest ales.
The Brains pub estate has expanded rapidly over the past 10 years and nearly every pub now offers a good range of quality food. In addition, many Brains pubs now offer bedrooms and function rooms.
Brains has always had close links with Welsh sport. A trip to Cardiff Arms Park or the Millennium Stadium to watch the famous red jerseys of Wales is not complete without a pint of Brains SA.
For six years the family name was emblazoned across the national rugby team’s chests, during which Wales famously won two Grand Slams in the RBS 6 Nations. Today Brains is the official ale of the WRU.
As well as sponsoring the Welsh Rugby Union, Brains is also the official beer of the Football Association of Wales and Glamorgan Cricket.
The company is proud of its independence and the way that it has evolved over its colourful history.
Their range of draught beers includes traditional cask ales, smooth beers, the company’s finest Welsh stout Brains Black, and a range of seasonal ales which are available for limited periods throughout the year.
There is also the Brains Craft Brewery, which produces a varied and exciting range of limited edition beers.
Brains inns offer the kind of value one would expect from a budget hotel chain, but with the personal attention and traditional values that the company pride themselves on. Brains inns are conveniently located for business or holiday travellers, and offer traditional pub food. Full of character and with comfortable accommodation, they are the ideal place to meet, eat, sleep and drink.
The company’s top-quality hotels are situated in stunning locations – perfect for a short break away or a business trip. Many are right on the sea front, with stunning views and waterside dining areas. Most hotels have their own bespoke menu, with extensive use of fresh, local produce and regularly changing specials.
A & N Lewis Ltd
A & N Lewis Ltd have been in business for over 30 years. Brains Brewery was one of our first customers and our relationship has been unbroken throughout. Our first contract for S.A. Brain, valued at approximately £500, was the re-decoration of an off licence. We now carry out refurbishment works to hotels and public houses valued at up to £1 million.
We employ a team of specialist painters and decorators to ensure a high quality finish to all of our projects. We carry out work for a wide range of commercial customers including government departments, Local Authorities, education boards, pension fund companies and retail organisations.
We are delighted to have a number of longstanding customers who return to us time and time again. We are particularly proud of our long association with Brains Brewery.