Taproom & Festival Reviews

Cafe Beermoth, Manchester

Cafe Beermoth, Manchester

Cafe Beermoth, Brown Street, Manchester M2 1DAI think it is fair to say that, we do a lot of Craft Beer drinking in the UK in fairly basic or rustic surroundings. Don't get me wrong, I have never sat in a Taproom drinking fresh Craft Beer that didn't please me....

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Indy Man Beer Con, Manchester

Indy Man Beer Con, Manchester

Indy Man Beer Con, ManchesterEver since we launched TWICB in February 2020, there have been certain Events and Experiences that are regularly talked about in hushed-tones by the UK Craft Beer Community, which we have yet to experience. Very high amongst these was...

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Tilt, Birmingham

Tilt, Birmingham

Tilt, City Arcade, 2 Union St, Birmingham B2 4TXThe TWICB Team were out in force in Birmingham earlier this month to attend Beer Central (review in last week's Issue 133). However, before the festival started we enjoyed an hour or so in this fascinating little bar....

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Beer Central, Birmingham

Beer Central, Birmingham

Beer Central, Tea Works, Digbeth, BirminghamAs the UK 2022 Summer Festival Season races towards a grand crescendo, the TWICB Team was out in force at Beer Central in Birmingham this weekend. The fifth and final instalment of the 'We Are Beer' UK Tour took place at the...

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Radio City Social, Chelmsford

Radio City Social, Chelmsford

Radio City Social, 35 Viaduct Road, Chelmsford CM1 1TSRadio City Social is the newly opened taproom owned by Dan from Radio City Beer Works - the local craft brewery in Chelmsford. The name owes its roots to Guglielmo Marconi who developed the concept of radio at the...

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Thornbridge Brewery, Bakewell

Thornbridge Brewery, Bakewell

Thornbridge Brewery Taproom, Riverside Brewery, Buxton Rd, Bakewell DE45 1GSYour intrepid reporter found himself in Bakewell in the Peak District a couple of weeks ago on a beautiful sunny day. After walking around this delightful market town for a while it was...

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The Grumpy Goat, Reading

The Grumpy Goat, Reading

The Grumpy Goat Taproom, 7 Union Street, Reading RG1 1EUEvery week on the TWICB Podcast, I ask the Guest (mostly Brewers) to give a shout out to a "Little Guy". Almost without exception, the Guest will mention one of more local bottleshops, who were instrumental in...

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London Craft Beer Festival

London Craft Beer Festival

London Craft Beer Festival, Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SFThe London Craft Beer Festival holds a special place in your Correspondent's heart, as it was the first Craft Beer Festival I ever attended, back in the days when it was held at the...

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Hops Farm Craft Beer Festival

Hops Farm Craft Beer Festival

Hops Farm Craft Beer Festival, Hops Farm, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex Tucked away in the countryside on the Essex-Suffolk borders lies Hops Farm, which on August 6th hosted its second Summer Craft Beer Festival. The event was held in collaboration with Two Brews, a...

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Bewdley Brewery, Bewdley

Bewdley Brewery, Bewdley

Bewdley Brewery Taproom, Unit 7, Bewdley Craft Centre, Lax Lane, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2DZBewdley Brewery is a micro-brewery set in the heart of the Severn Valley, alongside the River Severn. It was established in 2008 by a small group of dedicated...

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Pegasus Taproom, Canterbury

Pegasus Taproom, Canterbury

Pegasus Taproom, 86 St Dunstan's Street, Canterbury CT2 8ADThe Pegasus Taproom and Gin Palace is situated in the heart of Canterbury at St. Dunstans Street a few hundred yards from the famous cathedral. It advertises itself as an upmarket, eco-friendly tap room, a...

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Small Bar, Bristol

Small Bar, Bristol

Small Bar, 31 King Street, Bristol BS1 4DZ The Small Bar is a little gem of a find, tucked away on King Street, in the south west area of Bristol City Centre. The bar has been pouring great beers since 2013 and is a little haven for Craft Beer lovers. From outside to...

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Floc. Brewing Co. Taproom, Canterbury

Floc. Brewing Co. Taproom, Canterbury

FLOC.Brewing Co., Wincheap Industrial Estate, Cotton Road, Unit 7A, Canterbury CT1 3RBThe TWICB Team visited the Floc Brewing Co. Taproom last Friday afternoon when the weather was gloriously hot and sunny. The Taproom is situated in the south west area of Canterbury,...

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Left Handed Giant Brewpub, Bristol

Left Handed Giant Brewpub, Bristol

Left Handed Giant Brewpub, Hawkins Ln, Redcliffe, Finzels, Bristol BS1 6EUAlthough the TWICB Team were in Bristol last weekend for the Bristol Craft Beer Festival it would have been sacrilege not to avail ourselves of the delights of the Left Handed Giant Brewpub....

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Bristol Craft Beer Festival

Bristol Craft Beer Festival

Bristol Craft Beer Festival, Harbourside, BristolThe Bristol leg of the 'We Are Beer' summer festival circuit has been on our to-do list for a while, and this week we finally got ourselves organised to attend. Schedules allowed us to head West at lunchtime on Friday,...

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Riverside Beer Festival, Greenwich

Riverside Beer Festival, Greenwich

Riverside Beer Festival, Brew By Numbers, Morden Wharf, Greenwich Peninsula, LondonWith The Riverside Beer Festival coinciding with Hop City in Leeds, it was always going to be a tough decision which one to attend. We enjoyed both festivals in 2021 but that clearly...

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Old Street Brewery, Hackney Wick

Old Street Brewery, Hackney Wick

Old Street Brewery & Taproom, Unit 1 Queen's Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5ENOld Street Brewery & Taproom is located near to the canal at Hackney Wick, close to Howling Hops and The Merchant's Tap, making it a must stop for the craft beer lover. It is just a...

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Brew LDN, London

Brew LDN, London

The Printworks, Surrey Quays Rd, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 7PJ Friday marked the official start of summer for TWICB, as we attended our first Festival of the season, at BrewLDN. Originally known as Craft Beer Rising, BrewLDN has stood the test of time, as one of the...

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Abyss Brewery Tap, Lewes

Abyss Brewery Tap, Lewes

ABYSS Brewery + Tap, Unit 3, The Malthouse, Daveys Lane, Lewes BN7 2BFSince Abyss Brewing opened their Taproom in Lewis in 2021, a TWICB visit had been high on our priority list. We finally managed to get there on the first weekend of April, and we’re very glad we...

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Town Mouse, Newcastle

Town Mouse, Newcastle

Town Mouse Ale House, Basement, 11 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7PGThe Town Mouse is to be found on St Mary’s Place between The 5 Swans Wetherspoons pub and ‘Get Stuffed’, and is a 3 minute’s walk from both Haymarket and Newcastle City Hall. When we...

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Beak Brewery Tap, Lewes

Beak Brewery Tap, Lewes

Beak Brewery & Taproom, Unit 14 Cliffe Industrial Estate, Lewes BN8 6JLIn the last twelve months there are few Craft Breweries in the UK who have generated more excitement around their IPAs than Beak. Based just outside Lewes town centre, Beak are just a short, ten...

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Full Circle Brewery & Taproom, Newcastle

Full Circle Brewery & Taproom, Newcastle

Full Circle Brewery & Taproom, Hoults Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2HLFull Circle Brewery was established just over 2 years ago in late 2019 and quickly made a name for itself. The brewery was awarded 2020 Best Newcomer by Beer52, and ranked in the top 10 new...

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Fownes Brewery, West Midlands

Fownes Brewery, West Midlands

Fownes Brewery, Unit 2, Two Woods Trading Estate, Talbots Lane, Brierley Hill, West Midlands DY5 2YXFownes is a 3-barrel brewery established in 2012 by brothers James & Tom Fownes. They have the aim of bringing together finely crafted ales and porters with...

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New Invention Brewery, Walsall

New Invention Brewery, Walsall

New Invention Brewery, Unit 2, Pinfold Industrial Estate, Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands WS3 3JSNew Invention Brewery was set up by Karol Kawecki in 2019 in an industrial unit just behind Bloxwich town centre to the north of Walsall. Karol’s background is as a...

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Green Duck Brewery, Stourbridge

Green Duck Brewery, Stourbridge

Green Duck Brewery, Unit 13, Gainsborough Trading Estate, Rufford Road, Stourbridge, DY9 7NDGreen Duck Brewery was formed by three friends in 2012, and hasn’t looked back. It’s now run by Alan, Alex & Nathan, and they’re just celebrating their eighth birthday at...

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Brothers of Ale Stourport

Brothers of Ale Stourport

Unit 3, Baldwin Road, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 9AXBrothers of Ale is an independent micro-brewery close to the heart of Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, dedicated to creating modern, experimental and vibrant craft beers. What started as a hobby...

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Fixed Wheel Brewery & Taproom

Fixed Wheel Brewery & Taproom

Unit 9, Long Lane Trading Estate, Blackheath, West MidlandsWhen a mad cyclist’s passion for beer grew so much….he set up a brewery! Fixed Wheel Brewery has just celebrated its seventh birthday, after being set up in 2014 by cycling and brewing enthusiasts, Scott Povey...

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Beat Brewery & Taproom

Beat Brewery & Taproom

Beat Brewery & Taproom, Unit 9, Old Forge Trading Estate, Dudley Road, Lye, DY9 8ELBeat Brewery began as the idea of one man’s daydreaming during corporate training days, which he turned into reality. Created in North Curry, Somerset, the idea expanded over a couple...

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The Delta Lounge Taproom, Newcastle

The Delta Lounge Taproom, Newcastle

The Delta Lounge Taproom, 1 Forth St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3NZThe City of Newcastle is blessed with a great selection of Brewery Taprooms, which are mostly located in the Suburbs. Coming out of lock-down this summer, a new name has been added to the list. The...

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Brew York Taproom & Beer Hall, York

Brew York Taproom & Beer Hall, York

Brew York Taproom & Beer Hall, Unit 6, Enterprise Complex, Walmgate, York YO1 9TTIt’s an old adage that the only thing that really matters when it comes to real estate is location, location, location. As you approach the superb Brew York facilities in York, it is...

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GlassHouse Beer Co.Birmingham

GlassHouse Beer Co.Birmingham

GlassHouse Beer Co., Waterside Business Park, Unit 6B, 1649-1652 Pershore Road, Birmingham B30 3DRThe GlassHouse Brewery and Taproom is close to the canal at Waterside Business Park near Stirchley in South Birmingham. However, it can be a tricky place to find. Indeed,...

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Attic Brew Taproom, Birmingham

Attic Brew Taproom, Birmingham

Attic Brew Taproom, 29B Mary Vale Road, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2DAJust a short walk from Bournville Railway station (a 13 minute train journey from Birmingham New St Station), can be found The Attic Brewery and Taproom. The entrance is a tiny walkway from the road,...

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Rivington Farm Trip, Rivington

Rivington Farm Trip, Rivington

Rivington Farm Trip, Home Farm, Horrobin Lane, Rivington PR6 9HESince we launched TWICB in February 2020 and began to explore the UK Craft Beer Scene with more than a casual eye, there was one Brewery/Taproom location we heard mention of again and again, as being the...

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Boxcar Brewery & Taproom, London

Boxcar Brewery & Taproom, London

Boxcar Brewery & Taproom, Unit 1 Birkbeck Street, London E2 6JYThe Boxcar Taproom is situated right next to their brewery in Bethnal Green, London – tucked away in an atmospheric railway arch which is just a two minute walk from Bethnal Green Tube Station. Although...

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Riverside Beer Festival, Morden Wharf

Riverside Beer Festival, Morden Wharf

Riverside Beer Festival, Morden Wharf, Greenwich Peninsula, London Like most people in the UK Craft Beer Community, our reaction earlier this year when we saw Brew By Numbers unveil their new Morden Wharf Brewery and Taproom was some variation on WOW! Morden Wharf is...

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Docks Beers Taproom, Grimsby

Docks Beers Taproom, Grimsby

Docks Beers Taproom, The Church, King Edward St, Grimsby DN31 3JDDocks Beers are found in an impressive converted church not far from Grimsby’s historic docks. The taproom is situated within the same building as the brewery, overlooking it and granting great views of...

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The Tap House, Nottingham

The Tap House, Nottingham

The Tap House, 10 Byard Ln, Nottingham NG1 2GJIn the heart of Nottingham City centre is an ancient narrow walkway called Byard Lane. Here, tucked away among small shop fronts and various eateries, can be found a Tap Room which is real gem for Craft Beer lovers....

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Hopsters, Felixstowe

Hopsters, Felixstowe

Hopsters, Beach Street, Felixstowe IP11 2GN The Essex and Suffolk region is short of decent Craft Beer venues, so it was great to discover the new Hopsters Bar at ‘Beach Street’, Felixstowe. Hopsters are well known to local Craft Beer lovers for their drink-in bottle...

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London Craft Beer Festival

London Craft Beer Festival

London Craft Beer Festival, Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, London E1 2SF As you know, we at TWICB, believe that a Craft Beer Festival is the pinnacle of the Craft Beer industry, and there’s little doubt that a huge driving force in the UK behind Craft Beer...

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Hop City 2021, Leeds

Hop City 2021, Leeds

Hop City 2021, Northern Monk, Sydenham Road, Leeds LS11 9PL It’s no exaggeration to say it was the wonder of a full Craft Beer Festival Experience which inspired us to start TWICB. It’s also true that memories of Cloudwater Friends & Family (February) 2020, were a...

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Yonder Brewery Tap, Somerset

Yonder Brewery Tap, Somerset

Yonder Brewery Tap, Rookery Farm, Radstock, Somerset BA3 4ULThe Yonder Brewery Tap is situated at Rookery Farm, in the heart of the Mendip Hills of Somerset, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The location is remote, so a trip needs planning, but the...

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Pipeline Brewery & Taproom, St Agnes

Pipeline Brewery & Taproom, St Agnes

Pipeline Brewery & Taproom, Great Western Railway Yard, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0PDThe Pipeline Brewery and Taproom is tucked away at the end of a light industrial estate not far from the small town of St Agnes, on the North Cornwall coast. It’s a quaint, quiet spot...

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The Outpost – Three Hills Brewing Bermondsey

The Outpost – Three Hills Brewing Bermondsey

The Outpost – Three Hills Brewing, 7 Almond Road, Bermondsey, London SE16 3LRWhen TWICB first interviewed Andy from Three Hills for the Podcast in October 2020 he had just got the keys to their new Bermondsey Beer-Mile Brewery and Taproom (a railway arch formerly...

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Mother Kelly’s, Stratford

Mother Kelly’s, Stratford

Mother Kelly’s, 27-30 Victory Parade, London E20 1FSOpened in late 2019, Mother Kelly’s Stratford was the fifth and most recent Taproom to open in the popular Mother Kelly’s London chain. It is situated overlooking a vast pedestrianised precinct amongst new apartment...

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Little Earth Project, Edwardstone

Little Earth Project, Edwardstone

Little Earth Project, Mill Green, Edwardstone, Sudbury CO10 5PXLocated in remote South Suffolk countryside, the White Horse is an oasis of great beer, and made better by the Little Earth Project Brewery next door. Both are run by beer enthusiasts Tom and Dani. Little...

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The Alexandra Hotel, Derby

The Alexandra Hotel, Derby

The Alexandra Hotel, 203 Siddals Rd, Derby DE1 2QEThis was a pilgrimage nine-months in the planning! When I interview Joe from Pentrich on our podcast in Oct 2020, he convinced me that I really needed to experience Pentrich Pales and IPAs on cask, but the long winter...

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The Kernel Brewery Taproom,London

The Kernel Brewery Taproom,London

The Kernel Brewery Taproom, Arch 7, Dockley Road Industrial Estate, LondonThe Kernel Brewery Taproom is situated in a snug railway arch towards one end of the iconic Bermondsey Beer Mile, and is a few minutes walk from Bermondsey Tube Station. Inside there are 6 or 7...

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Red Hand, Dalston

Red Hand, Dalston

Red Hand, 36-38 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London N16 7XJThe Red Hand is a pub / bar in Dalston, North London serving keg craft beers from around the world, cask beer, cocktails, fine wines and spirits. It’s situated on the busy Stoke Newington Road just a short...

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The Experiment, Hackney

The Experiment, Hackney

The Experiment, Unit 19, Bohemia Place, London E8 1DUJThe Experiment opened in 2018 as a joint venture between two of the most celebrated names in UK Craft Beer, Verdant Brewing Co. from Falmouth, Cornwall and Pressure Drop Brewing Co. from London. Open on Wednesdays...

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Beer Merchants Tap, Hackney Wick

Beer Merchants Tap, Hackney Wick

Beer Merchants Tap, 99 Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, London E9 5LNThe Beer Merchants Tap is a Craft Beer Bar and Bottle Shop in Hackney Wick, East London, just a few minutes on the overground from Stratford Station. It boasts an impressive array of 20 craft beer keg...

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Staggeringly Good Brewery, Southsea

Staggeringly Good Brewery, Southsea

Staggeringly Good Brewery, Unit 10 St George’s Ind Est, Rodney Road, Southsea, PO4 8SSStaggeringly Good Brewery is based in a large industrial unit, less than 100 yards from Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth FC. They have so many cool plans, it is hard to know how to...

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The Ale House, Chelmsford

The Ale House, Chelmsford

The Ale House, 24-26 Viaduct Road, Chelmsford CM1 1TS Housed inside two railway arches a few yards from the city centre train station, The Ale House is one of the best craft beer venues in the area. Considering its location, it’s surprisingly spacious with lots of...

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Sit & Sip, Wokingham

Sit & Sip, Wokingham

Sit & Sip, 8 Peach Place, Wokingham, Berks RG40 1LY Sit & Sip opened in Wokingham about 18 months ago, on a very pleasant pedestrian courtyard, close to Wokingham Town Centre. They have 14 draft taps, which typically pour a selection from local breweries such as Siren...

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The Crafty Taproom, Marlow

The Crafty Taproom, Marlow

The Crafty Taproom, 77 High Street, Marlow SL7 1AB I would struggle to think of a more ideal High St in the UK than Marlow, upon which to open a Taproom. Marlow is a vibrant and prosperous small town on one of the most picturesque reaches of the River Thames. The High...

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London Beer Factory

London Beer Factory

London Beer Factory – The Barrel Project, 80 Druid St, London, SE1 2HQLocated towards the Tower Bridge end of the Bermondsey Beer Mile, The Barrel Project looks similar to most of the other slightly claustrophobic railway-arch based Taprooms in the Capital. However,...

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The Weather Station, Reading

The Weather Station, Reading

The Weather Station, 19 Eldon Terrace, Reading RG1 4DXWild Weather have been offering can sales and growler fills from their brewery in leafy West Berkshire since shortly after they opened in 2012 (the year before Siren Craft opened, and practically “before records...

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A Hoppy Place, Windsor

A Hoppy Place, Windsor

A Hoppy Place, 11 St. Leonards Rd, Windsor SL4 A Hoppy Place opened in the autumn of 2019. Pleasantly situated in Windsor and just a few hundred yards from the castle, it nestles quietly amongst other small independent businesses and is always hoppy to invite you in....

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Wylam Brewery & Taproom, Newcastle upon Tyne

Wylam Brewery & Taproom, Newcastle upon Tyne

Wylam Brewery & Taproom, Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZFounded in Newcastle in 2000, Wylam have executed the tricky manoeuvre of spanning both the cask and keg markets more successfully than any other UK brewery, and would now be ranked on most people’s...

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Craft Inn Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Craft Inn Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Craft Inn Jewellery Quarter, 166 Warstone Ln, Birmingham B18 6NNAlthough it might be overshadowed in the public consciousness by Cities such as Manchester and Leeds, the Craft Beer Scene in England’s second city of Birmingham has been absolutely thriving for a number...

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Double-Barrelled Brewery, Reading

Double-Barrelled Brewery, Reading

Double-Barrelled Brewery, Unit 20 Stadium Way, Reading RG30 6BXAs a West Berkshire local, I came across the news that Mike and Luci were planning to launch Double-Barrelled Brewery almost a year before the doors opened. During that intervening period, I exchanged...

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Junkyard, Nottingham

Junkyard, Nottingham

Junkyard 12 Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham NG1 2HBThere are very few Cities in Britain right now with a more dynamic and vibrant Craft Beer Scene than Nottingham. The remarkable Nottingham Craft Beer Week, which culminates in the Nottingham Craft Beer Festival, listed...

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