The award-winning Rhymney Brewery, currently based in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, is on the move. Unable to expand at their present home, the family-run brewery has been searching for a new location for a while before finally deciding on the world heritage town of Blaenavon in Torfaen. The new purpose-built brewery
premises is situated close to Big Pit mining musuem and will be the first brewery in the town for over 100 years, after a Mr Westlake moved his brewery out of the town and set up further down the valley in Cwmavon due to the water supply in Blaenavon being so poor.
Hopefully problems such as the water supply will not effect the brewery this century and we can all look forward to the Hobby Horse riding throughout the valleys of South Wales once again.
Above: the former Westlakes brewery, Cwmavon
The original Rhymney Brewery was founded in Rhymney and closed by Whitbread in the 1970s.