Crate Brewery, London
On the canal in Hackney Wick, Crate Brewery is one of the capital’s best. It shares a building with the world’s first zero-waste restaurant, and it’s also got a canal boat that houses a stylish cocktail bar. Crate’s core range of drinks spans lagers, IPAs, pale ales and ciders – the 3.8% ‘Golden’ is an easy-drinking crowd-pleaser. Book a table, settle in and order one of their tasty stone-baked pizzas.
Unit 7 Queen's Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN
Cloudwater Brew Co, Manchester
Cloudwater has a brewery in London but, if you’re up north, head to the Manchester site. The beer is produced in a three-vessel brewhouse and barrels are kept in sub-zero conditions to keep it crisp. The Cloudwater range is extensive, from refined IPAs to rich stouts – book a brewery tour to learn about them in full.
7-8, Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester, M1 2NP
Bristol Beer Factory, Bristol
Thanks to its rightly renowned ‘Beermuda Triangle’, Bristol has become synonymous with the good stuff. If you’re in town, make time for the Bristol Beer Factory, which runs small group tours every Tuesday. For any other day of the week, BBF creates around 30 new beers every year, so there’s always something new to try – we’d start with the Valley of Eden pale bitter.
291 North Street, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS3 1JP
Created by homebrewers Adam and James back in 2014, Verdant Brewing Co is known for its hazy pales, IPAs and DIPAs. In Penryn, the brewery is open on Fridays, when you can try and buy freshly canned beer. Over in Falmouth, there’s the Verdant Seafood Bar for tapas-style dishes. And for something a bit closer to home, try a selection of Verdant’s finest at The Experiment in Hackney.
30 Parkengue Kernick Industrial Estate, Penryn, TR10 9EP