VOG; brewed in Barrybados but sold all over the UK, our mission is to continue to take good beer to the masses and show people what we can do with just four simple ingredients. Can you teach an old VOG new tricks? We certainly think so!
Headed by Phil and brewed by Rob, we’re a small team brewing a wide range of beers in cask, keg, bottle and can. Along with a core offering including ‘Dark Matter’ (Champion Beer of Wales 2015, 2016, 2017) and the massively popular ‘South Island Pale Ale’, we also have seasonal brews and a one off brew range called ‘New Tricks’. Experimental recipes are run through our small batch kit before trying them out on the main kit and releasing them to the masses. Some of these have proved so popular that they’ve graduated to our core range.
A classic best bitter, reborn. An amplified malt bill firmly reinforces generous additions of British hops with a Fuggles dry-hop. ABV 4.5%
Dry hopped American wheat beer Truly transatlantic, hoppy american wheat beer. 50/50 British pale malt and wheat, gently hopped with American Cascade and Chinook. Fermented with German weissbier yeast for a lively, cloudy and full flavoured finish. ABV 4.5%
Champion Beer of Wales 2015. Our champion blackcurrant porter! Easy going, rich and smooth with liquorice and chocolate notes from the complex dark roasted malt recipe, balanced perfectly by the late addition of Bramling Cross hops. ABV 4.4%
Our NZ Maori (very) pale ale. Dry, bitter and refreshing with a big punch from heavy late hopping with Waimea. ABV 4.2%
All american hepta-hopped IPA. Underpinned by a big malt character with a bitter tropical citrus finish. ABV 4.5%
After university, Yorkshire born, ‘Beardy’ Phil became General Manager of The Pilot, Penarth, where listings in the CAMRA real ale guide and Michelin Pub guide where achieved. Always having had a passion for great beer the opportunity to take over VOG, revitalise the brand and bring it up to date in to the contemporary beer scene was not one he could miss out on! Phil runs the day to day goings on at VOG as Managing Director and Brewery/Sales Manager.
Rob’s fixation with homebrewing started in his kitchen whilst a student at Cardiff University. Armed with two buckets, a steel pot and a pair of particularly fetching marigolds, he started playing around with different ingredients, styles and relentlessly inflicted his creations on anyone who would stand still. After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry, he landed a position at Brains Brewery, advancing his technical understanding and breadth of brewing knowledge. Rob brings both of these to VOG as Head Brewer, alongside his die-hard homebrewing ethos of experimentation in the pursuit of great beer.
For 12 years ‘Machine Mike’ has sacrificed his gym sessions to spend evenings cleaning casks and racking beer as a key member of Team VOG. Mike is known for his dedication to quality control, selflessly testing every product before packaging.
Where you can find a pint of VOG.
Nestled in the Cardiff suburb of Pontcanna, The Conway is a traditional pub for today.
58 Conway Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9NW
High on the hill with spectacular views overlooking Cardiff Bay, you'll find The Pilot in Penarth.
67 Queens Road, Penarth CF64 1DJ
The Old Swan Inn is the oldest public house in Llantwit Major, dating back to the early 12th Century.
Church Street, Llantwit Major CF61 1SB
Situated within walking distance of leafy Roath Park, The Discovery is the newest of the Knife & Fork venues.
Celyn Avenue, Lakeside, Cardiff CF23 6FH
1880s pub with a big real ale selection, near the Millennium Stadium and frequented by sports fans.
10-12 Quay Street, Cardiff CF10 1EA
The Cambrian Tap, showcasing craft beers from across the UK and the world.
St Mary's Street, Cardiff CF10 1AD
The Golden Lion was one of the original 10 pubs built when this part of Penarth was constructed in the 19th century.
69 Glebe St, Penarth CF64 1EF
Social space & cultural center featuring international art, performances & films, plus a cafe.
Market Rd, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE
With charmingly scruffy rooms sprawling around a central bar, the Lansdowne has an esteemed reputation for its food and for its range of craft beer and cider.
71 Beda Rd, Cardiff CF5 1LX
Bright, spacious, open-plan pub with mismatched furniture and an international, all-day menu.
St David's 2, 1 Hills Street, Cardiff CF10 2LE
This pub, dating back to the late 18th century is just 5 minutes walk from Pontypridd bus station, close to the museum and historic old bridge. The three rooms and passageway each have their own distinct atmosphere and the walls are festooned with a variety of artefacts including old mirrors, paintings and clocks.
20 Bridge St, Pontypridd, CF37 4PE
The Philharmonic is 3 floors of quality food and drink in Cardiff city centre
76-77 St Mary Street, Cardiff, CF10 1FA