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“Brewery stop”
Review of Rhymney Brewery

Rhymney Brewery
Ranked #4 of 9 things to do in Blaenavon
Certificate of Excellence
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Upminster, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Brewery stop”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Stopped off here after visiting the Big Pit.
Very reasonable at £2.50 per adult, and a very helpful employee, Mandy, gave us a good explanation of the brewery and the exhibition.
Good to see the beer production in action and got to sample the beer all in the cost of the ticket.
Bought some to take away too!

Visited August 2014
Thank Michelle G
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Perth, Australia
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“A refreshing stop after the Big Pit”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We were on a group tour that stopped here after visiting the Big Pit. A nice lass showed us around, explaining the various ingredients, brewing equipment, brewing process and laboratory, before guiding us to the audio-visual room. The historical videos were interesting, but may not capture the interests of those with limited attention spans. The highlight was the tasting room to sample some of the local product.

Visited July 2014
Thank divebunny1
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“A great experience”
Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

Rhymney brewery is worth a visit a good experience to see how beer is made and to have a good look around it was £2.50 for the tour with a free sample at the end also the staff were really helpful and friendly

Thank Kyle341
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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“Intresting brewery visitors centre”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

This was my first stop on a recent brewery tour of Wales, on a lovely sunny sunday afternoon it was a worthy first. They have tours you can do of the brewery, a shop to buy there very tasty beers and a large bar to taste them in. The staff are friendly & helpful.

Visited April 2014
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“Cold Comfort on a Damp Dismal Day”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Had this establishment been the primary purpose behind the visit to the Principality this day then it would have been deemed particularly poor and only deserving “un point”. Also had the entrance fee been any more this would have pushed it down the ratings to one point. In the end “you only get what you pay for”, so the penny pinching presentation [in an effectively unheated edifice] followed logically from the penny pinching price.

This was a spur of the moment side visit, based on local publicity. This [2014] publicity flyer indicated the Brewery etc was open “7 days a week” [although on arrival notice indicated it would be closed some days over the Christmas/New Year period]. After enduring a damp dismal walk in driving drizzle you could be forgiven in thinking it was de-facto closed and all but abandoned that Sunday afternoon – a modern day Marie Celeste of the brewing world.

A brewery tour/tap is supposed to be a warm, welcoming showcase of what ales, beers and other premium [publicity] products a brewery [chain] has to offer. The paltry presentation on offer was assembled in a collection of cold, effectively unheated rooms on the upper floor; with all doors left or wedged open. Heat is supposed to rise but in this inhospitable industrial unit there seemed to be no [source of] heat to rise in the first place that day…

The sole self start audio/visual display area, was located in one of the draughty unheated upstairs rooms. This consisted solely of the digitised versions four historical, and so dated, sixties newsreel style publicity outpouring [seemingly meant for cinema audience consumption] made by/ for the previous large [but effectively extinct] brewing company. Even then the third of these offerings broke down into a fuzzy mess half way through…

Apart from a very short section [about a foot long] on a huge historical lineage chart of the Rhymney Brewery [name], covering the whole of one large wall, there was nothing to indicate the initiation of the current innovative independent [re]incarnation some four decades later in another century….!

There was also nothing to explain why even this independent the brewery had moved from its roots in Rhymney to such a god forsaken outpost half way up a hill on the outskirts of Blaenavon…that is in another Welsh valley to the east…?! Particularly as all the brewing staff were apparently absent/ had gone home by this time leaving a sole individual “minding the store” and also struggling to keep warm. Hence no one to show you around or explain the shinny state of the art stainless steel brewing system for instance….

The inane inhospitality finished in the initially impressive tasting room. But all you got to “taste” was a single third of a pint of one of the only two cask conditioned brews available that day from extensive Rhymney house range. Everything else had to be purchased…e.g. as a bottled beer. For the entrance price paid; two full pints of real ale could have been obtained the previous night in a national pub chain outlet nearby, ironically one which also sells Rhymney Brewery beers…. Perhaps this “extensive” real ale stock was being preserved for [another] “rainy day” [sic] or a coach party of tourists about to turn up – but in realty after few days all it will no doubt be good for is pouring down the drain…

Finally all that was left, after not having really dried out/warmed up, was to depart to endure the rest of the dismal damp day….

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Brassed_Off_Jynxed
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