Ale lovers across south Wales and beyond are set to enjoy fresh flavours from the Vale of Glamorgan brewery following new ownership.
With years of experience in hospitality and a passion for ale and beer, Sean Murphy and Serge Luceau, both Directors of Knife & Fork Food, along with Phil Newbould, former manager of The Pilot pub, and Joe Roach, music graduate and former barman at The Pilot have joined forces as financial partners in this latest business venture.
The four businessmen will continue making the six core beers currently brewed by the Barry-based brewery but intend on experimenting with new beer flavours to inject a fresh style into the business. The new owners will work closely with expert brewer Dave Walbeoff, who has worked on site for ten years, to learn more about the brewing process and develop their range of beers and ales.
Meeting through Knife & Fork Food –which has four pubs across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan – the new owners will use their own individual strengths and expertise to support the business. The brewers will work closely with Knife & Fork Food throughout this business venture, testing new brews across all four of its locations: The Conway, Pontcanna; The Discovery, Cyncoed; The Pilot, Penarth and The Old Swan, Llantwit Major.
Brewery Manager, Phil Newbould, will look after the day-to-day running of the brewery, tapping into his huge passion for ale and beer. “It’s the perfect transition moving from behind the bar to actually making the beer and is a really exciting prospect. I’m looking forward to coming up with some fresh ideas for the business. Ale drinkers can look forward to some brilliant brews coming very soon.”
The craft beer and ale market has experienced a boom in the last two years, with UK sales last year growing 30.3% to £404m. An increasingly trendy market, the new owners hope a fresh and enthusiastic outlook will reinvent the Vale of Glamorgan Brewery name and firmly position it as a market leader in Wales and beyond.
New owner and Director of Knife & Fork Food, Sean Murphy, who trained under celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsey and Paul Rankin, will be using his years of experience in the hospitality industry and many connections across Cardiff to help maintain and more importantly bolster the reputation of the brewery. “We’re lucky enough to be taking on an already successful business, but ultimately our aim is to really expand the brewery’s exports, not just in Wales but UK-wide. It’s a very popular industry and especially competitive market, so it’s important we’re positioning ourselves at the forefront here.
“Our connections with Knife & Fork will be hugely beneficial, and it’s a great opportunity for both businesses to work alongside each other.”