A Cardiff pub manager has swapped pulling pints for brewing pints after spending a day in the Brains craft brewery.

Chris Rowlands, manager of the Goat Major, and his team turned brewers after we invited them to brew their own beer in the craft brewery. The Goat Major is one of Cardiff’s best loved real ale pubs and the current Brains Cask Ale pub of the Year.

Chris, a lifelong real ale fan, along with a team from the pub, chose to brew a milk stout. He said:

"The day was fantastic! I've always considered myself a bit of a beer nerd but when I went down there I realised just how little I really knew of the process of making beer I'd so often taken for granted.

We named it ‘Beardface’, my wife's nickname for me, loosely based on the fact that I look like a lumberjack stuffed into a waistcoat. "

Blending Pale Ale, Munich, Crystal, Brown and Chocolate malts with roasted barley, Beardface is a dark beer with a rich depth. Flavours of caramel, burnt toffee and roast coffee are balanced by the sweetness from lactose sugars, creating a sweet milk stout.

Bill Dobson, head brewer at Brains, added:

"Last year the Goat Major was named ‘Brains Cask Ale Pub of the Year’ at our annual awards ceremony, so we were keen to get Chris and the team in to brew with us. They’re knowledgeable and passionate about beer, and they pass on that passion to their customers."

The beer will be sold in 30 of our Craft Beer pubs, and will be officially launched at the Goat Major pub on Wednesday 20th February at 5pm.

For more information on the craft brewery visit