World's smallest brewery

Converted outdoor privy in Wales makes one firkin at a time

Aug 23, 2004 - The world's smallest brewery has reopened in a converted outhouse in rural Wales. Less than five-feet square, Bragdy Gwynant brews ale for just one outlet - the Tynllidiart Arms next door.


Based in Capel Bangor, near Aberystwyth, the brewery has gone back into production after a two-year break. It produces just nine imperial gallons (10.8 U.S.) at a time, enough to fill a traditional firkin.

Margaret and Mark Phillips, who own the Tynllidiart Arms and the brewery, said the beer had a secret recipe. "The previous owner of the pub moved out two years ago and up until two weeks ago the pub was closed and the brewery was too," said Mark Phillips.

"We thought it would be nice to brew our own local beer and luckily we had a brewer living a few doors down who was able to help."

Margaret Phillips added: "We've tried to use as many local ingredients as we can in the beer and we use the same policy in our restaurant."

The brewery was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest brewery in the world before it closed. "But we'll be applying again in the next few weeks to become the smallest commercial brewery again," Margaret Phillips said.

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