Caradog...and why we named an ale after him

As you may know, one of Grey Trees’ proudest creations is our Caradog Bitter, with a crisp flavoured bitter and a dry finish. But where did it get it’s name from I hear you ask?…

Griffith Rhys ‘Caradog’ Jones was a Welsh conductor born in the Cynon valley in 1834. He is remembered for being one of the most successful choir masters in the National Eisteddfods of the era, but his main contribution to Welsh culture came in leading a choir of 500 people, known as ‘Y Cor Mawr’ (translated to ‘The Big Choir’), to victories in the Crystal Palace Challenge Cup choral competition in 1872 and 1873.

In these famous victories, Caradog drastically changed the image of the Welsh public from being brash, classless and unruly people to passionate and full of pride which was evident in their magnificent singing.

Through his legendary victories he bestowed upon Wales the moniker ‘The Land of Song’ and although many people across South Wales may not know of Caradog as an individual, the effects of his triumphs are still evident and ever-evolving.

Take a look at which great people from Aberdare inspired our other ales on our website.