They started off as a pair of self-confessed “beer geeks”, experimenting with hops and malt in a garage at the weekends.
But since launching their micro-brewery 18 months ago, Bradley Cummings, 26, and Gareth Williams, 31, have been a Welsh business success story.
Tiny Rebel won gold, silver and bronze at the Great Welsh Beer Festival in June and will soon be served in bars as far afield as Scandinavia and Australia.
From next month the brothers-in-law will bring an “extension” of their Newport brewery to the Welsh capital, with the opening of their first bar.
Bradley said the yet-to-be-named venue – formerly Fire Island on Westgate Street in Cardiff city centre – will capitalise on the thirst for experimental beers.
“We’re over the moon – it’s like being a kid at Christmas,” the former mechanical engineer said.
“It’ll be an extension of the brewery. It’s hard to get outside of the brewery because you are so busy day-to-day, so the bar, as we see it, is a bit of a release for us.
“It’s also a chance to spread our wings and our imagination a little bit further then what we can do at the brewery.”
He admitted the venture came sooner than expected, but the closure of Fire Island last month, after owners Beatbox Bars Ltd went into the administration, presented an opportunity.
“The business with the brewery has leapt so far ahead of where we thought it was going to be. We thought we would maybe open a bar four years down the line, but it was the right time to do it,” Bradley said.
“We just want to make this the best beer place in Cardiff. The great thing about being a micro-brewery is that we are linked up with other small breweries across the UK and we’re able to access beer from all of them – we want to make this the hub for independent products.”
After two years of planning and recipe-testing, Tiny Rebel was launched in February 2012 as a two-man operation producing 40 casks a week at the Maesglas Industrial Estate.
In two months’ time the brewery will hit maximum capacity at 200 casks a week and has recently taken on four staff, with plans to create 30 more jobs at the bar.
The pair’s success has bucked a trend which has seen the number of pubs and pints being served shrink across Britain. Rather than blaming the recession or smoking ban, Bradley believes it’s a case of changing tastes.
“The way beer has changed is the styles. People are exploring more styles and not just sticking to the traditional bitters, which a lot of breweries were doing,” he said.
“Five years ago every brewery had a standard bitter, session and brown ale. Those times have gone.
“What makes us different is our core range of beers is a lot wider. We’re a lot more experimental. We take a risk. We don’t just brew them for sales – we brew them because we like them.”