9 lovely local craft beers and where to try them

9 lovely local craft beers and where to try them


A new wave of creative brewing has put the fizz back into an otherwise flat beer industry. The radical flavours of craft beer have stirred the nation and we’ve found some of the hippest hops and most pleasing flavours from across the country.

1. Dhana International IPA at Bundobust



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Step into the stripped back interior of Bundobust for a blast of aromatic spices and sizzling vegan Indian cuisine. The food here is as creative as it is delicious and tastes even better when washed down with one of their carefully-crafted beers. Try the Dhana International IPA – a collaboration with Northern Monk Brew Co – which has subtle hints of coriander seed.


2. Citra Sour at CRATE



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The creatives’ unspoilt hive in east London is home to local brewery and pizzeria, CRATE.  Its own beers rule the bar (try the lip-smacking Citra Sour), but they also serve up plenty of guest beers and a superb range of bottles and cans to compliment your stone-baked pizza of choice. Sat by the canal, there’s plenty of space outside to sip your beer, take in those boho vibes and watch the narrowboats drift by.


3. Jakehead Indian Pale Ale at the Wylam



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You’re in a palace by a lake that serves beer. What more could you want? The Wylam Brewery is the new king of Newcastle’s beer scene. The brewery’s most popular beer is their Jakehead IPA. Its distinctly bittersweet taste is a pleasure on the palate and its hop mix leaves a series of citrusy and woody flavours. 

Wylam Brewery

4. Paolozzi at the Edinburgh Beer Factory



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A family-run brewery that launched in 2015, The Edinburgh Beer Factory makes ordinary beer beautiful. Swig its flagship beer is a multi-award winning beer named after Edinburgh-born pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi.

Edinburgh Beer Factory

5. Derry Milk at the Walled City Brewery



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The Walled City Brewery has made sure Derry made it onto the craft beer map. Produced in small artisan batches, using special recipes by its Masterbrewer James, the brews here are painstakingly perfected. You’re going to want to taste them all but try the Derry Milk – a chocolate milk stout.

Walled City Brewery

6. Electric IPA at the The Brixton Brewery



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Rock on down to Brixton’s buzzing beer scene at The Brixton Brewery where you’ll find a mammoth choice of beers and an awesome taproom. Named after Brixton’s famous road, Electric IPA named will spark your taste buds into a frenzy with its malty sweetness, tropical hits, and lingering hoppy finish. 

Brixton Brewery

7. Bakewell Sour at the Packhorse Inn



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Smack bang in the heart of the Peak District, The Packhorse Inn is a country gem. For a real taste of the region, try a Bakewell Sour from Bakewell’s own – the Thornbridge Brewery. Fear not, your muddy boots and dog are welcome at the pub too. 

The Packhorse Inn

8. Cwtch at Tiny Rebel



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After sprouting in a small Newport garage, Tiny Rebel has grown into an award-winning brewery that now exports their delicious beers to more than 35 countries. Try their Welsh red ale Cwtch, meaning cuddle or cubbyhole in welsh, at their Newport brewery. Or if you’re in Cardiff, check out their sister bar of the same name for equally brilliant atmosphere and beers – we’re big fans of their tropical IPA.

Tiny Rebel

9. Crafty Pale Ale at The Crafty Baa

If you’re in Windermere don’t miss the Crafty Baa for some boozy relaxation after a day of action on England’s biggest lake. This AA-awarded Pub of the Year has a massive choice of local and global beers that you’ll have a blast trying out. You’ll be spoilt for choice, so if you need a tip, go for their own – the Crafty Pale Ale. 

The Crafty Baa
18 Dec 2018(last updated)