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The Classics

From Brains Bitter, first brewed in 1882, to Brains Black brewed in 2010, our family of beers are as diverse as they are drinkable.

SA

The Legendary Ale 

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SA Gold

Refreshingly hoppy Welsh Ale

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Dark

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Bitter

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Brains Black

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Brains Smooth

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Brains IPA Smooth

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Brains Dark Smooth

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SA 4.2% abv*

It wouldn't be Wales without SA

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First brewed in 1958 there has been much confusion around the legendary ale’s name ever since.

Does it stand for Special Ale? Or Samuel Arthur? Or is it Skull Attack? And to be honest its true meaning is so lost in myth and legend that we aren’t quite sure anymore.

What we do know is that SA has become the toast of the Welsh nation. Our renowned premium bitter ale is copper coloured and has a nutty richness derived from Pale and Crystal malts and three hops; Challenger, Goldings and Fuggles.

*4.0% ABV in 440ml can format

  • Light Copper
  • Rich
  • Fruity
  • Rich
  • Malt

Bitterness rating

2 stars

Sweetness rating

3 stars

This beer is available in the following formats:

  • Cask
  • Bottle
  • Cans

Roast Chicken

Nothing pairs better with SA than a tender chicken roast, both divinely simple and delicious.

SA Gold 4.3% abv*

Refreshingly hoppy Welsh Ale

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The successful younger sister of the legendary SA, SA Gold was first brewed in 2006 and has been a firm favourite ever since.

Gold is a full-flavoured hoppy and refreshing ale brewed with Cascade and Styrian Goldings hops creating citrus aromas and flavours.

*4.7% ABV in 500ml bottle and 440ml can format

  • Light Gold
  • Grapefruit
  • Hoppy
  • Citrus
  • Zesty
  • Refreshing

Bitterness rating

3 stars

Sweetness rating

4 stars

This beer is available in the following formats:

  • Bottle
  • Cans
  • Cask

Beer battered fish and chips

A British classic meets a Brains classic, the light white fish pairs gorgeously with our refreshing golden ale.

Dark 3.5% abv*

Our award winning Dark

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One of our most popular and famous beers, Dark was first brewed in the 1920s and is still award winning today.

Crystal, chocolate and brown malts create the smooth treacle coloured beer. The recipe, unchanged since the 1920s won the World’s Best Dark Mild at the World Beer Awards in 2011 proving the longevity of Dark.

*4.1% ABV in 500ml bottle format

  • Rich Dark
  • Roast Malt
  • Rich
  • Roasted

Bitterness rating

2 stars

Sweetness rating

4 stars

This beer is available in the following formats:

  • Cask
  • Bottle

Chocolate Puddings

Rich chocolate desserts pair beautifully with the clean palate Dark gives, balancing luxurious flavours with a refreshing dark ale. 

Bitter 3.7% abv

The famous pint of Brains

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Bitter has been around since we first began brewing in 1882. Made with Goldings and Fuggled hops from the Welsh Marches Bitter, is rich, amber coloured and refreshing. 

  • Rich Amber
  • Fruity
  • Pear Drops
  • Clean
  • More-ish

Bitterness rating

2 stars

Sweetness rating

2 stars

This beer is available in the following formats:

  • Bottle
  • Cask
  • Cans

Bangers and Mash

Nothing pairs better with bitter than succulent pork sausages on a bed of creamy mash topped with tangy onion gravy.

Brains Black 4.1% abv

Finest Welsh Stout

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Launched on St. David’s Day 2010 to rival the famous stout from the Emerald Isle, Black has had an instant impact dominating the Welsh stout market. With a distinctive, dark malt flavour Black is the ultimate stout and a must try for stout fans.

Shellfish

A freshly caught shellfish platter served by the sea is the dream combination with our fine Welsh stout.

Brains Smooth 3.7%

Preferred pint of Wales

A light, easy drinking beer which is well balanced and refreshing, creating the complete Welsh beer experience - cementing it as the preferred pint of Wales

Bangers and mash

Nothing pairs better with Brains Smooth than succulent pork sausages on a bed of creamy mash topped with tangy onion gravy.

Brains IPA Smooth 3.4%

Delicate and Delightful

A traditionally brewed ale with a delicate blend of hop varieties balanced with carefully selected malts. A refreshing drink that is soft on the palate. 

Curry

A delicious Curry pairs beautifully with the delicate flavours of IPA Smooth, a perfect pairing for a spice lover.

Brains Dark Smooth 3.5%

Exceptionally Smooth

A velvety smooth pint. Dark Smooth has combination of Chocolate, Crystal and Brown malts, providing a clean palate with hints of liquorice and freshly ground coffee. 

Chocolate Puddings

Rich chocolate desserts pair beautifully with the clean palate Brains Dark Smooth gives, balancing luxurious flavours with a refreshing dark ale. 

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