Harveys, a lovely brewery over in East Sussex, is renowned throughout the South East for its fine traditional craft ales. With a funky little website to its name, featuring a 360 degree tour of their lovingly stocked-up shop, Harveys is a great stop-off if you’re in the area. It will be featuring in East Sussex’s biggest beer festival – the Eastbourne Beer Festival.
2. Purity Beers
And now to Warwickshire, where you’ll find the artsy and fabulously alcoholic Purity Beers. Currently celebrating 10 years, they won 2015’s World’s Best Amber Ale and World’s Best German Style Lager, as well as Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year for all their eco-conscious processes. You can book yourself on one of their two and half hour long tours right here!
3. Jennings Castle Brewery
A bit further north in the gorgeous Lake District lies the famed 1828 Jennings Castle Brewery. Filled to brim with award winning ales – they won a total of eight awards in 2014, including the International Beer Challenge, the World’s Best Beer Awards and with CAMRA’s Beer of the Year in Cumbria – this one superb National Park attraction. Book a historical daytime tour or join in the evening tour to really make a night of it!
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4. Black Sheep Brewery
Even further north? We have the Black Sheep Brewery. Black Sheep was founded by Paul Theakston who started this fantastic brewery in 1992. Situated in Masham, North Yorkshire, the brewery offers brilliant tours topped off by a few beers back in the bar. We recommend the Golden Sheep Ale and the Blizten christmas special!
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5. Skinner’s Brewery
Steve Skinner was dreamed of setting up a community brewery on the banks of the Truro River in Cornwall. Nineteen years on and it’s safe to say he achieved his goal, and then some. Skinner’s Brewery has built a reputation one of Cornwall’s finest breweries, with award winning pale ales, honeyed ales, Cornish stouts and bitters. Join in on one of their daily brewery tasting tours, which lasts around an hour and a half. It’s followed by a tutored beer tasting in the tap room!
Skinner’s Growlers. On sale at the Great Cornish Food Festival this weekend. Buy the growler and recieve a voucher that entitles you to a free refill at the brewery. You’re welcome. #growlers #skinnersbrewery #realalefolk
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Bonus brewery… (because there’s always room for one more!)
Our head of marketing said we had to add The Rebellion Brewery because it’s his favourite. Based on the Thames in scenic south Buckinghamshire, Marlow is a beautiful town with a famous suspension bridge, Tom Kerridge’s 2 Michelin star The Hand and Flowers restaurant, and many other great eateries and pubs. The Rebellion Brewery was established in 1993, and offers a range of seasonal brews.