July 31, 2015 by Kay Byrne
A craft ale bar cum bottle shop, the Gravity Station is the brainchild of Waen Brewery owner Sue Hayward. The first one opened in Cardiff last year and from Friday, 7 August, Swansea will also have the beer drinkers’ equivalent of a sweet shop.
Customers can revel in the luxury of eight to ten cask ales, 12-14 craft keg beers and a choice of around 100 bottled beers. There will also be a good range of draught and bottled cider.
“It’s exciting for Swansea,” said operations manager Jim Swidenbank. “No-one has done anything like this before. The focus is on craft beers and I can promise there will be no commonplace ales. We will be able to give a platform to some of the fantastic breweries that have been starting up all across south west Wales.”
Beers from Waen Brewery will have pride of place on the racks. And you can expect the unexpected from Sue Hayward’s brews. She has created recipes at her Llanidloes-based brewery for beers such as Snowball, a chocolate, vanilla and coconut stout, Chilli Plum Porter and Lemon Drizzle.
“Sue has been producing a lot of small batches so there’s always something new on offer,” said Jim.
The Swansea bar, GS2, differs from the Cardiff branch in having proper pub hours. It will stay open until 11pm on weeknights and 1am on Friday and Saturday nights, as opposed to the Cardiff GS which closes at 7pm week nights.
Jim explained: “We originally envisaged the Gravity Station as a bottle shop with a bar for customers to try the ales before they buy. But as time has passed the bar side has become increasingly popular and busy, so the Swansea branch will reflect that in its opening hours.”
Drinkers will be pleased to hear that GS2 will differ from Cardiff too in its beer prices. “It will be priced competively for Swansea,” said Jim. “People will find some bargains but we find customers are also prepared to pay a bit more for the stronger ales.”
Gravity Station, The Strand, Swansea