Taproom & Festival Reviews

Rivington Farm Trip, Home Farm, Horrobin Lane, Rivington PR6 9HE

Rivington Farm Trip, Home Farm, Horrobin Lane, Rivington PR6 9HE

Since 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 most spectacular and picturesque of them all. That Brewery was...

Boxcar Brewery & Taproom, Unit 1 Birkbeck Street, London E2 6JY

Boxcar Brewery & Taproom, Unit 1 Birkbeck Street, London E2 6JY

The 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 restricted by the confines of the arch, Boxcar have made great...

Riverside Beer Festival, Morden Wharf, Greenwich Peninsula, London

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 based a few hundred yards southwest of the O2 Arena and North...

Docks Beers Taproom, The Church, King Edward St, Grimsby DN31 3JD

Docks Beers Taproom, The Church, King Edward St, Grimsby DN31 3JD

Docks 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 greatviews of the fermentation vessels. Space is not really an issue at Docks...

The Tap House, 10 Byard Ln, Nottingham NG1 2GJ

The Tap House, 10 Byard Ln, Nottingham NG1 2GJ

In 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. Inside, the atmosphere is cosy, with rustic décor....

Hopsters, Beach Street, Felixstowe IP11 2GN

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 shops in Ipswich and Chelmsford. However,...

Hop City 2021, Northern Monk, Sydenham Road, Leeds LS11 9PL

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 source of strength to us during some dark days of the...

Yonder Brewery Tap, Rookery Farm, Radstock, Somerset BA3 4UL

Yonder Brewery Tap, Rookery Farm, Radstock, Somerset BA3 4UL

The 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 effort is well worth it. The outside bar is a converted ship...

Mother Kelly’s, 27-30 Victory Parade, London E20 1FS

Mother Kelly’s, 27-30 Victory Parade, London E20 1FS

Opened 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 blocks and landscaped gardens, just a couple of...

Little Earth Project, Mill Green, Edwardstone, Sudbury CO10 5PX

Little Earth Project, Mill Green, Edwardstone, Sudbury CO10 5PX

Located 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 Earth Project produce small batch mixed fermentation, barrel...

The Alexandra Hotel, 203 Siddals Rd, Derby DE1 2QE

The Alexandra Hotel, 203 Siddals Rd, Derby DE1 2QE

This 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 of COVID lockdown #3 got in the way. The venue...

The Experiment, Unit 19, Bohemia Place, London E8 1DUJ

The Experiment, Unit 19, Bohemia Place, London E8 1DUJ

The 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 through to Sundays, the Experiment is close to Hackney...

Red Hand, 36-38 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London N16 7XJ

Red Hand, 36-38 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London N16 7XJ

The 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 walk from Dalston Junction Overground Station. There’s limited...

Beer Merchants Tap, 99 Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, London E9 5LN

Beer Merchants Tap, 99 Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, London E9 5LN

The 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 taps, 2 cask pumps as well as offering artisan gins and other wines...

Sip & Sip, 8 Peach Place, Wokingham, Berks RG40 1LY

Sip & 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 Craft and Elusive, as well as other UK and...

The Ale House, 24-26 Viaduct Road, Chelmsford CM1 1TS

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 outside seating areas on both sides of the arches....

The Crafty Taproom, 77 High Street, Marlow SL7 1AB

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 St has a major hospitality-slant, with numerous...

The Weather Station, 19 Eldon Terrace, Reading RG1 4DX

The Weather Station, 19 Eldon Terrace, Reading RG1 4DX

Wild 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 began" in Craft Beer years!) In September 2019 they took...

A Hoppy Place, 11 St. Leonards Rd, Windsor SL4

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. In spite of having a narrow shopfront there is...

Wylam Brewery & Taproom, Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ

Wylam Brewery & Taproom, Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ

Founded 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 lists as a top ten UK craft brewer. The Wylam Brewery and Taproom are...

Craft Inn Jewellery Quarter, 166 Warstone Ln, Birmingham B18 6NN

Craft Inn Jewellery Quarter, 166 Warstone Ln, Birmingham B18 6NN

Although 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 of years. Less than a mile to the North of the Bullring and New...

Double-Barrelled Brewery, Unit 20 Stadium Way, Reading RG30 6BX

Double-Barrelled Brewery, Unit 20 Stadium Way, Reading RG30 6BX

  As 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 several emails with Mike, and I became increasingly excited with...