18 December 2019
Craft beer near me
Your guide to the best local craft breweries across the UK
There is no shortage of craft breweries across the U.K, we are lucky to live in a time where tasty, brewery-fresh beers are never too far away. There are so many amazing breweries to explore, this is by no means an exhaustive list (there are now over 2000), rather a collection of some good’uns we recommend. If you love craft beer, visit any one of the below breweries for a crafty, beery day out. The beauty of developments in brewing technology and customs means you can now get craft beers in many forms, bottles, cans and even kegs! Hallelujah for the craft beer revolution and dynamism of contemporary brewing culture!
London has its fair share of craft breweries, spanning the entirety of this British metropolis. There are even dedicated pub crawls, or “beer miles”, a mile-long beer adventure teeming with independent, artisan brewers. One of said establishments is Fourpure , a family based brewery in SE London. Two brothers, Dan and Tom, have a real passion for flavour and innovation. This is evident through their adventurous range of beers and inventive artwork. They boast a Pioneering and a Core range with a huge array of Session IPAs, pale ales, lagers and stouts. Their Basecamp Taproom hosts brunch, tastings and an industrial style bar.
Mondo, in Battersea possess a core range, seasonals and collaborative beers. Their ethos is all about bringing their trade back to simple pleasures, drinking good beer locally with great pals. And that’s what they do! Their punny named brews including “Figgie smalls” and “Dennis Hopp’r” can be sampled in their brewery and tap house, it’s a beer fan’s dream.
Moncada, located in NW London brew beer styles; Blond, pale, APA, Ruby Rye & Stout. They all draw inspiration from traditional English brewing techniques, but all take influence from London’s rich cultural diversity, Notting Hill Pale Ale is a prime example. In their Blueprint series is where you’ll find slightly wackier beers, we’re talking sours and barrel aged experiments.
One of the newer additions to our craft beer assortment are beers from south London’s Brixton Brewery. Founded in 2013, they brew handcrafted small batches in the heart of one of London’s most colourful neighbourhoods. Best known for Atlantic APA and Electric IPA, their assortment is characterised by hoppy bitterness, balanced by rich maltiness and finished off with punchy hop aromas and flavours. The added bonus is, their beers are also available in 2L keg and value packs!
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First Chop, famed for their gluten free and vegan recipes, can be found beneath a railway arch in Manchester. This utilitarian craft brewery offers unique, hand-crafted ales and live music for everybody to enjoy. Started out making just 400 litres per month, in 2019 they opened up the doors to their 3rd brewhouse in Salford that is now producing 30,000 litres per week. If you’re gluten intolerant or not, you’ll love their First Chop Hop and First Chop AVA.
Winners of two awards at Salford’s Business Awards, Seven Bro7hers make a range of craft beers from IPAs to lager. They have some pretty interesting flavours, Marshmallow Stout and Watermelon Wheat Beer are among them.
North Brewing Co, founded in 2015, are local legends of craft beer. Before North actually became a brewery, it started out with North Bar, claimed to ‘probably’ be the first craft beer bar in the UK. They influenced a new wave of modern beer and brewing. Their core range and seasonal specials encapsulate everything they stand for in beer, big juicy flavours, packed with hops. They have an uncompromising commitment to quality and demonstrate their fun and playful nature through their interesting flavour combinations. Cult classics include Sputnik and Transmission.
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Launched in 2011 by Richard Burhouse, in an old out-building of their family business, Magic Rock Brewing is the culmination of a lifelong passion for beer. They strive to make quality, flavourful, vibrant beers that they themselves love to drink as much as they enjoy serving them. Inspired by local brewing traditions and the vibrant US craft beer scene, Magic Rock produce a distinctive core range and ever-changing assortment of innovative beers. Their contemporary look and "brand feel" are every bit as magical as the taste of their beers! Try the full range, they have everything from porters, sours, pale ales to IPAs
Moor live by, Drink Moor Beer. They love attention to detail, evidenced from their brand image and innovative packaging continually winning awards. Believing that fish guts have a negative impact on taste, they have removed them from all brewing and made their produce vegan friendly, meaning everyone really can Drink Moor Beer. They really are an ale lovers best friend, everything from Moor Nor’Hop Pale Ale, Moor So’Hop Pale Ale and Moor PMA Pale Ale.
Wild Beer Co, based in the rolling hills of Somerset, brew unique beers using modern and creative techniques. From a love of fermentation, yeast and barrel-ageing, Wild Beer Co beers are led by flavour. They strive to provide memorable drinking adventures and thrilling taste bud experiences. Their range of funky beers includes, Wild Beer Co Tepache, Wild Beer Co Choked Up, Wild Beer Co Fresh and many more.
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Launched in 2016, Unity Brewing are committed to making flavoursome, natural, vegan brews. Their products are always unfiltered, unpasteurized and unfined. With a focus on good quality, humble ingredients their creative approach is founded on a passion for juicy IPAs and yeast-driven, Belgian-style beers. Their beautifully designed range includes, Unity Congregate, Unity Conflux and Unity Collision South Coast.
Bellfield, the UK's first dedicated gluten free brewery, pride themselves on using traditional brewing methods with non-traditional ingredients. They brew beers that everybody can enjoy.
At the forefront of the craft beer revolution, BrewDog are on a mission to make everybody as passionate about good quality craft beer as they are. And, we think they are succeeding. BrewDog are based in Ellon, although now they are a multinational brewery with pubs and bars across all of Europe! Their flagship beer, Punk IPA, is recognised and loved the world over. Their full range includes the classic styles but also some slightly more whacky variations like Clockwork Tangerine and Overworks Funk X Punk.