One day someone will erect a statue in honour of the unknown home brewer, such has been the influence of home-brewing on British craft beer. Sam and Oli, the guys who founded Attic, are two former home-brewers, with Sam first starting to make beer in the attic (hence the brewery name) of his university lodgings in Cardiff. After graduating, brewing continued and in 2018 Attic opened in a former factory space, which also acts as the brewery’s popular and comfortable tap-room (it’s part of the Stirchley Beer Mile, see page xxx).
It is here where beer-lovers can go at weekends and indulge themselves in Attic’s tap list, which is a mixture of beer styles that are often neglected by British breweries (think Hefeweiss, Vienna Lager for starters) and more modern favourites. There are second hand sofas on which to lounge, a street food truck outside and children and dogs are welcome. ‘Our taproom is an updated take on the traditional “local”,’ says Sam, ‘acting as a meeting place for locals and travelling beer fans alike. We're committed to using beer to promote community and social interaction.’ Investment in brewing equipment has also meant that Attic’s beers can now be found in the on-trade, while there are plans for a barrel ageing program and beers packaged in cans.
Long Weekend Wheat Beer, 5%
Damn good take on the Bavarian Hefeweiss style. Amber orange in colour, topped with a fine head of foam, brimming with banana custard and clove notes, refreshing and satisfying on the palate. Clean finish.
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Brewery Taproom/Bar Available
Fri 4 - 10pm, Sat 1 - 10pm & Sun 2 - 8pm