Craft Beer Cardiff: Gravity Station & Urban Tap House

Back in August Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer made a very brief stopover in Cardiff just long enough to visit the Hopbunker, Hopcraft Brewing’s brewery tap and craft beer bar, and to scope out the ground for a future exploration (read about it). Last weekend, as part of our extended stay in Cardiff after our volunteer stint at the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival, we visited Waen Brewery’s Gravity Station micropub and Tiny Rebel’s Urban Tap House

The Gravity Station

Cardiff’s first micropub

Tucked away around the back of St David’s Shopping Mall is Waen Brewery’s bottle shop and tap room in Cardiff City Centre. It also qualifies as Cardiff’s first micropub and as its name suggests a selection of Waen cask ales are served by gravity and more are served on keg. House brews are supplemented with beers from some of Waen’s friends among the Welsh brewing community and beyond. A large selection of bottled beers from around the world is also available to drink onsite or take home. Like Hopbunker this is strictly a drinking venue—no food served—but we were not disappointed with the selection and quality of the beers served during our visit.

Urban Tap House

Occupying a great location on Westgate Street, across from Cardiff Arms Park, is Tiny Rebel’s brewery tap. A fully fledged pub and restaurant on two levels, Urban Tap House is Cardiff CAMRA’s current pub of the year. It’s easy to see why: around 20 beers between the handpumps and keg taps plus an excellent selection on the cider bar as well. The simple food menu is built around burgers but don’t let this put you off. Most are not what you normally think of as burgers, with several vegan and gluten-free options offered. Mrs Fueled by Beer’s “Italian” was absolutely superb: a vegan burger of Cannellini bean and basil topped with sun-dried tomatoes and smoked garlic mayo. Mr Fueled by Beer’s “Classic” was excellent too. Billed as ‘Cardiff’s best burger’, since it is the only burger I’ve had in Cardiff I can’t say if it is the best however it was certainly the best I’ve had outside London. If you find yourself in Cardiff with time to visit only one craft beer venue then this is the one.


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