Love beer? Whether you’re a connoisseur of the cask or you don’t know a keg from a krug, hop on a brewery tour to see what happens behind the scenes.
In this fun and informative experience, you’ll watch the masters at work as they separate the wheat from the chaff to bring your favourite local brew to life, and see how it’s bottled up ready for the shop shelves. Then comes the best bit – sampling the goods! Get your taste buds going, taste the nectar and maybe even discover a new favourite. It’s the perfect treat for budding brewers, stags and beer-lovers everywhere.
A brewery tour is a fun and informative way to peek behind the scenes of some of the UK’s best breweries, discovering how local brands of beer are made and bottled and learning how the flavours differ depending on the process. You’ll have the chance to see it all in action and get up close to the enormous vats – which is where the magic happens! – before sampling the goods yourself. Some experiences also come with extras, such as a pub lunch or a gift bag with a selection of bottled beers included.
On the day, you’ll meet the brewer and the rest of your tour group before heading off to start the rounds. You’ll be shown the various pieces of mixing equipment and machinery used to produce different types of beer, and will also see the bottling and labelling facilities. Feel free to fire any questions at your guiding brewer as they will be more than happy to chat to you about their craft. Then it’s time to taste some of the different beers produced on-site. Most breweries also have an on-site shop where you can take home a few of your new-found favourites.
To beer or not to beer? If you’re a real fan of ale, there’s really no excuse to miss out on this full-bodied, light-hearted brewery tour. Discover what goes into making your favourite local beer, sample the goods and even pick up some tips for your homebrew adventures! Later, why not regale your tales of the tipple down at the pub? Whether you’re into light pale ales or bold, full-bodied bitters, you’ll enjoy every minute of this fun-filled brewery tour and you’ll certainly never look at your beer the same way again.
Want a shorter event? Opt for just the beer tasting instead. Event usually take place in hotels or bars and are hosted by an ale expert. You'll get to try a few beers while you learn about what makes a great pint.
Make Mine a Pint! - What You Need To Know
- WHEN: Events take place on selected dates year-round.
- WHERE: Tours take place in breweries dotted around the country. Just follow your nose! Tasting events normally take place in hotels or bars nationwide.
- WHO: Beer lovers shouldn't miss the opportunity to tour a brewery and see how their favourite brew is made. Learn from the artists what goes into making a great pint.
- OCCASIONS: A brewery tour is a great birthday or Christmas present idea for a beer fan. It also makes a top Father's Day present. Beer tasting experiences are typically shorter but can be an interesting option for stag or hen parties.
- PRICES: Experiences typically start from around £15 a head, with the more expensive options normally including a meal, lengthier tour, or a private tour. (correct at the time of writing)
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Experiences for beer lovers
We're a nation of beer lovers and that explains the diversity and quantity of beer themed experiences. I've picked out a few suggestions below.
Sadler's Brewery Tour, Beer Tasting, and Pub Lunch
Sample some beers at The Windsor Castle Inn in Stourbridge, West Midlands, before a brewer gives you a guided tour of the brewhouse facility. Learn about beer production in this great value experience before enjoying a ploughman's lunch, complete with beer bread, beer baked ham, and hop cheese.
Leeds Craft Beer Tour
Join a walking tour of Leeds on what is pretty much a fancy pub crawl. Explore Leeds' craft beer scene with visits to North Brewing Co., Tall Boys Beer Market, Tapped, and Northern Monk Brewing Co., sampling speciality brews at each venue.
Sadler's Ales Brew a Beer Day Experience
It's back to The Windsor Castle Inn for a hands-on experience where you'll make beer. You'll weigh and measure your ingredients, help with the giant copper kettle, and generally help the professionals brew up to 3,500 pints during your visit. A full brewery tour and ploughman's lunch is also included.
If you prefer grapes to hops, why not try a winery tour instead? Enjoy a tour of a local vineyard, try the fruits of the vine and find out what goes into making this wonderful beverage, which has been enjoyed by humankind for thousands of years.
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