End of an Era
By the late 1990’s, with the rapid development of Cardiff City Centre as well as growing beer volumes, it became clear that operating from The Old Brewery in St Mary Street was rapidly becoming unviable. An alternative location for the brewery and head office had to be sought, so when the Cardiff Brewery in Crawshay Street came up for sale, the difficult, but logical, decision was made to leave the Company’s historical and spiritual home.
So, in 1999, Brains moved to its new brewery and the letters B, R, A, I, N and S, were installed onto the famous chimney that forms the centrepiece of the site. The Cardiff Brewery significantly increased brewing capacity, enabling the Company to contract brew for other brand owners, as well as brew the full portfolio of Brains brands.
Another outcome of the move was the transformation of The Old Brewery in St Mary Street into the Brewery Quarter, which is now home to a dozen or so bars and restaurants, including Brains own Yard Bar & Kitchen.