Kite Brewery, formerly of Gorslas in Carmarthenshire is expanding with a new 35 barrel brew plant being built at the new home of their parent company, the Glamorgan Beer Company, who relocated to Llantrisant near Pontyclun earlier this year. At the moment the head brewer Iain Masson is brewing the Kite beers on the Rhymney Brewery plant in Blaenavon so those beers should keep the tickers happy!
There is also an expansion into London with the formation of the Portobello Brewery being formed by Richard Anstee (Glamorgan Beer Company) and Rob Jenkins (Ex-Wells & Young) together with Iain Masson as head brewer.
This new London brewery will have a capacity of 4000 barrels and will produce both cask ale and craft lager. The Portobello Brewing Company will be the largest capacity brewery in this part of London since Whitbread closed the Notting Hill Brewery in 1922. The brewery will have two permanent ales, Portobello Pale, ABV 4%, and Star, ABV 4.3%. During January and February the Portobello Pilsner Craft Lager will be launched alongside a seasonal London Market Porter. The brands will be targeted at speciality beer houses, cask ale pubs, bars and restaurants both within London and nationally, in cask, keg and packaged format.