A Welsh wholesaler is developing its own pub estate because it believes there is growing demand for cask ale.
The Glamorgan Beer Company, based in Pontypridd, has bought its first outlet, the Royal Oak Inn in Dukestown, Tredegar, from Enterprise Inns.
Director John Anstee said it aimed to buy more pubs, all specialising in a revolving range of real ales from across the UK.
He said: "The nationals don't want to sell cask ale but the regionals are doing extremely well while there is a lot of demand in rural areas."
Mr Anstee founded the Glamorgan Beer Company seven years ago, supplying wines and spirits as well as a particularly wide range of real ales. Its workforce has steadily expanded after the arrival of its first sales representative, Mr Anstee's son Richard, from Bass.
With a growing customer base and its own pub estate in South Wales, the wholesaler aims to build sales of beers from brewers such as Leicestershire's Everards.
It also handles ales from Welsh brewer SA Brain as well as other English regionals, including Adnams, George Bateman & Son and Jennings Brothers.