12 Great Breweries To Visit In The UK

12 Great Breweries To Visit In The UK


The last year has given a lot of us a renewed appreciation for draught beer. To find the freshest stuff, you need to head straight to source. Luckily, the UK is home to a host of outstanding breweries. Whether it’s a stag do, a quieter weekend away, or just a free afternoon in town, these are 12 of the best places to enjoy beer that’s been brewed on site…

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
Visit CrateBrewery.com

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
Visit CloudwaterBrew.co

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
Visit BristolBeerFactory.co.uk

Verdant Brewing Co, Cornwall

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

Bristol Beer Factory, Bristol
Bristol Beer Factory, Bristol
Crate Brewery, London
Crate Brewery, London

Northern Monk Brew Co, Leeds

Northern Monk is spread across two sites in Leeds: the original brewery is at The Old Flax Store and there’s now a second one on Sydenham Road. The latter runs regular tours while the kitchen hosts takeovers from local food vendors. Northern Monk outstanding core collection is supported by seasonal beers, collaborations and experimental brews from the Old Flax Store itself.
Marshalls Mill, The Old Flax Store, Marshall Street, Leeds, LS11 9YJ
Visit NorthernMonk.com

Beavertown Brewery, London

An established favourite of beer heads across the capital, Beavertown Brewery is set to reopen its Tottenham taproom later in the summer with a fresh new look. Founder Logan Plant has done a great job of creating instantly recognisable beers. They taste pretty good too – the juicy Gamma Ray IPA was a game changer when it first landed. Once the taproom reopens, expect street food from Cajun Chilli Club and Soffles Chips to accompany the fresh beer.
Unit 17, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Road, Tottenham, N17 9QP
Visit BeavertownBrewery.co.uk

Magic Rock Brewing, Huddersfield

Inspired by the American craft beer scene, Magic Rock packs its beers with flavour. The Huddersfield brewery has two taprooms – one on site and another that’s a ten-minute walk from the city centre. Tours run every weekend when you can also enjoy a range of street food or catch an event – look out for the annual ‘SeshFest’ in June.
Willow Park Business Centre, Willow Lane, Huddersfield, HD1 5EB
Visit MagicRockBrewing.com

Fuller's Brewery, London

For an old-school experience, head to Fuller's in Chiswick. The brewery, which supplies hundreds of pubs across the UK, hosts two-hour tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Knock back a glass of its iconic London Pride or Frontier craft lager, then stick around to sample the full range.
Chiswick Lane South, Chiswick, W4 2QB
Visit FullersBrewery.co.uk

Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
The Five Points Brewing Company, London
The Five Points Brewing Company, London

Buxton Brewery, Derbyshire

Buxton Brewery’s first ever beer was produced in the family garage back in 2009. Today the team produces around 3,500 litres per brew, three times per week. From big and strong flavours to beers with a lighter edge, there are now more than 30 to choose from. Take a tour, then a tasting session accompanied by street food in the brewery garden.
 Unit 4A & 4B Staden Lane, Staden, SK17 9RZ
Visit BuxtonBrewery.co.uk

Black Lodge Brewery, Liverpool

Black Lodge Brewery is all about experimenting. Founded in 2015, the small brewhouse is in the regenerated Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool. Between Thursdays and Sundays, visitors can head down to the taproom to try a small but unique selection of beers, ales and IPAs.
3 Kings Dock Street, Liverpool, L1 8JU
Visit BlackLodgeBrewing.co.uk

The Five Points Brewing Company, London

East London has no shortage of quality breweries and Five Points is one of the best. Every batch of its award-winning beer is unfiltered and unpasteurised for better flavour and aroma. Until Sunday 27th June, the outdoor taproom is open for fresh pints and freshly cooked pizza – tickets cost £5 and your first beer is free. The brewery itself is a slick operation powered by 100% renewable sources.
61 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 4RG
Visit FivePointsBrewing.co.uk

Wylam Brewery, Newcastle

Started back in 2000, Wylam Brewery is an excellent microbrewery within Exhibition Park’s Palace of Arts. The brewery is set to resume tours later this year; for now, the on-site taproom is open from Thursdays to Sundays, when visitors can enjoy pub classics or a cracking roast. 
Claremont Rd, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ
Visit WylamBrewery.co.uk

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