Tudor Brewery is an award winning family run company, following the model of a cottage industry. We have recently achieved the highest acolade of Three Gold Stars as the Great Taste Awards. This is run by the Guild of Fine Foods and has been stated as the Oscars of the Food and Drink Industry.
A GWENT family say they are determined to keep their micro-brewery alive in memory of their dad.
Stephen Devine bought Tudor Brewery in Abergavenny in March 2011 after it had been closed for more than a year.
Son Jamie, 40, from Blaina, said: “He had done a bit of home brewing and saw it as a viable opportunity to get it running. He had this dream to leave something for his children as a legacy and this was one way of doing it.”
But the family’s world was turned upside down when Mr Devine died just three months later aged 59 from lung cancer. Mr Devine battled the disease in 2008 and was in remission when it returned.
The family are determined to carry on the business around their own jobs.
Mr Devine’s widow Gaenor, 62, does the administration, Jamie is a college lecturer and does the sales and marketing, daughter Melanie, 38, is a nurse at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport and helps with the sales and administration, son Christian, 36, is the brewer with the help of Jamie’s partner James Carver, and youngest son Ryan, 32, is a gas engineer and uses his skills to help with the equipment.
Jamie said :”We made the unanimous decision that we were going to do this for Dad. We want it to be a success for him. For us it’s not a way of making money but it’s my father’s legacy and he’s with us every day.”
Jamie said its Blorenge Pale Ale won three gold stars at this year’s Great Taste Awards.
He said: “It was a huge achievement for us considering we haven’t been going that long.”
Tudor Brewery sells four main ales which are available at several pubs in Abergavenny and Raglan and has also made a few specialist brews.
The brewery will be moving to a new site in Llanhilleth in the next few weeks.
A lot of the family now live in Blaenau Gwent and wanted to put something back into the community.
Jamie said the long term aim is to expand the business and employ more local people.
Tudor Brewery are pleased to announce that “we have created a new Pomegranate and Sherbet beer that has gone down a storm across the UK and we have decided to launch our new secret flavoured beer at the Notts Food and Drink Fest!”
Very mysterious and exciting!