The Big Beer Company is coming to Cardiff and is set to be the new kid on the block joining the city’s burgeoning craft beer scene.
The Bristol-based company has just been granted permission by the council to allow trading as a small bar on the former American diner Apple Jacks site in Church Street.
According to their website: “The Big Beer Co is all about beers with big flavour, big body, and big attitude.”
The company, which already runs Small Bar in Bristol, would be the latest craft beer venue in Cardiff, joining the likes of Zero Degrees, Urban Tap House, Brew Dog and Hopbunker.
‘Big flavour, big body, big attitude’
They are hoping to open a new bar at 17 Church Street, near Cardiff Central Market, at the site of Apple Jacks, which has now closed.
An application for a change of use from café restaurant to small bar was submitted to the council on April 7 and has been approved.
The company works with breweries including Tiny Rebel Brewing, Magic Rock, and Harbour Brewing.
Their website says: “We believe the British beer scene is today producing some of the best beers on the planet and our mission is to make these beers more easily available.
“We work very hard to make sure that our stock list contains fresh and exciting world-class beers at a competitive price.”
According to the website founder Bruce Gray worked in the first Brew Dog bar in Aberdeen in 2010.
He then became director of their second bar in Edinburgh before helping expand the chain into Manchester.
Bruce decided to set up his own company CraftCentric in Scotland with a friend Chris Mair and they opened The Hanging Bat Beer Café in Edinburgh.
His wife Hannah wanted to move closer to her family in South Wales and The Big Beer Company was founded in June 2013. It is managed by the husband and wife team.
Their application stated: “This application seeks to allow the premises to be used as a bar specialising in independently-produced beers and ales.”
They also hope to offer a food menu showcasing fresh local produce.