NEWPORT brewery Tiny Rebel has come away with two medals at the Great British Beer Festival in London – despite being the youngest business ever to attend.

Tiny Rebel bagged a silver medal with its Hank offering in the bitter category, and joint bronze for Cwtch, its Welsh red ale, in the best bitter section at the most high-profile event in the brewing calendar.

It caps a momentous year for the brewery, following the opening of a new Urban Tap House pub in Newport, the announcement of a new brewery site at Wern Industrial Estate and the sponsorship of the Tiny Rebel Newport food and drink festival.

It also comes just a year after Cwtch came out on top as the supreme champion beer of Britain at the same festival, which is run by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) at the Olympia in Kensington.

“As the new kids in the block, it was hugely satisfying to walk away from last year’s festival with Cwtch named the supreme champion beer of Britain,” said Bradley Cummings, co-founder of Tiny Rebel.

“Now, as the youngest ever brewery to be invited, we plan to build on this success and encourage even more people to defy their senses with Tiny Rebel beer.”

Tiny Rebel is one of only eight breweries to have a bar at the festival, which will welcome more than 50,000 people over the next week.

The week-long festival opened its doors on Tuesday and there are more than 900 beers, ciders and perries on offer from hundreds of breweries.

Tiny Rebel are flying the Welsh beer flag with several firm favourites on offer, including Fubar and Hadouken along with the much-loved limited edition Stay Puft and a brand new Tropical Golden Ale – Juicy.

All 800 volunteers working at the event will be wearing t-shirts featuring Tiny Rebel’s much-loved bear logo as well.

Tiny Rebel fans in the English capital are also being treated to a week-long residency at one of London’s leading beer venues when the Craft Beer Co. in Covent Garden becomes the Tiny Rebel Tavern.

The festival comes after almost a year of local tasting panels and regional heats seeing the best beers across the UK invited to compete at the Great British Beer Festival.

Nik Antona, CAMRA national director responsible for the champion beer of Britain competition, said: “This year all the judges commented on how high quality all the beers were in the final stages of the competition and what a wide range of styles and beers they had to try and choose between.”