Top 5 places to enjoy craft beer in Britain

Tuesday 06 June 2017
Alison Grice

The number of breweries in Britain is on the rise and to beer enthusiasts’ delight, it shows no sign of stopping. So, if you’re a lover of fine beers or enjoy the cold sip of a pint that’s been given that extra bit of care from a home brewer, check out our round-up of just a handful of places where you can whet your whistle with delicious craft beer. 

Tall Boys Beer Market, Leeds, England

Tall Boys Beer Market in Leeds, from www.tallboysbeermarket.com
Tall Boys Beer Market in Leeds, from www.tallboysbeermarket.com

Head to Thorton's Arcade in the very heart of Leeds and you'll come across Tall Boys Beer Market. Showcasing over 350 beers from 'craft' breweries around the world, the bottle shop, beer cafe and coffee spot is sure not to disappoint. They even have "growlers" - a refillable takeaway jug, agreed to be the best way to take keg beer home to keep it nice and fresh. Enjoy choices like Wiper and True, Mikkeller, and Evil Twin Hipster Ale.

Porter’s Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales

A comedy night in Porter's Bar in Cardiff, Wales.
A comedy night in Porter's Bar in Cardiff, Wales from www.porterscardiff.com.

For a warm welcome, great atmosphere and heaps of character head over to Wales' capital city and take a seat in Porter's Cardiff. The regular comedy and jazz venue stocks a selection of world beers as well as modern, craft beer classics. There's also the honey beer, Hiver, and the famous seaweed ale, Kelpie to get your taste buds going.

Timberyard, Edinburgh, Scotland

Timberyard in Edinburgh - image credited to Abi (Radford) http://www.timberyard.co/
Timberyard in Edinburgh - image credited to Abi (Radford) http://www.timberyard.co/

For an intimate culinary experience combined with lovely craft beers try Timberyard in Edinburgh. Once an authentic 19th-century warehouse, the venue offers outside seating, private dining, in-house butchery and smokehouse, and herbs and edible flowers grown on site. Besides its rustic charm, Timberyard has an impressive portfolio of sour beer bottles, cider, perry, and mead all hand-selected and ranging in size so groups can share a bottle (or two) with their meal. 
 

Poppies Fish & Chips, Soho, London

Poppies Pale Ale and Poppies Fish and Chips. Image credited to www.poppiesfishandchips.co.uk
Poppies Pale Ale and Poppies Fish and Chips. Image credited to www.poppiesfishandchips.co.uk

You may be wondering why a traditional fish and chip shop has made it onto the craft beer list, but with its unapologetically British food and the introduction of their own craft beer, it’s one to try if you’re looking for a winning taste combo. Five Points Brewery has partnered with Poppies to create the perfect accompanying craft beer to go with one of the nation’s favourite dishes.  Try Poppies Pale Ale with golden battered fish and a heaping of chips. 

Tate Tap Takeover, Tate Modern, London

If you fancy soaking up some art and culture whilst you sip on a well-deserved pint take a trip to the Tate Modern in London for their Tate Tap Takeover, where the last Thursday of each month sees Tate’s taps taken over by British craft breweries. Talk to the people behind the beers, learn about the brewing process, and enjoy an evening of trialling at tasting an array of delicious beers. 

 

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