NEWPORT brewers Tiny Rebel are to re-brand their bars in Newport and Cardiff.

The Urban Tap House bars in South Wales have been renamed to share the same name as the brewer as part of Tiny Rebel’s plans to expand its pub and bar estate.

Urban Tap House Newport was opened by Tiny Rebel just over a year ago, joining the already established venue in Cardiff.

Named UK Brewery of the Year at the International Beer Challenge, Tiny Rebel was recently given the green light for a £2.6m relocation development on the outskirts of Newport which will provide the additional storage and production capabilities to increase production five-fold to five million litres annually.

Brad Cummings, co-founder, said: “With the new brewery site, and the increased flexibility it will bring, on the horizon we have an eye to the future of Tiny Rebel.

“Our growing success and popularity of beers such as Cwtch, which was Champion Beer of Britain 2015, meant that we were at full capacity and restricted in our plans for new venues.

“Now, though, we can start seriously considering expansion. By rebranding the existing bars we hope to be able to transport Tiny Rebel to new cities and, eventually, countries.”

The rebrand will also mean an increased focus on Tiny Rebel beers, with more being available at the bar.

Gazz Williams, co-founder and head brewer, added: “We are incredibly proud of the success of the Urban Tap House bars. They have both become very popular venues and firm fixtures of the Cardiff and Newport foodie scenes.

“It felt like the right time to rename them. We want as many people to enjoy our beers as possible, and the bars are a great way for people to find us.

“It’s also going to allow us to expand the range of our much-loved limited edition beers behind the bar.”

The refit of branding and signage of both venues took place on Sunday.