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Microbrewery Hopping in England’s Craft Beer Capitals


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By Niamh Walsh on 3rd June 2024

Experience the rich culture of England's craft beer scene by embarking on a journey through its vibrant microbrewery hubs, where innovation meets tradition in every frothy pint.

In recent years, England has witnessed an explosion of microbreweries, each with its own distinctive charm and character, offering a tantalising array of craft beers that cater to every palate. From the historic streets of York to the trendy alleys of Bristol, these cities have become veritable meccas for beer enthusiasts seeking a taste of something truly special.

Begin your adventure in the picturesque city of York, where cobbled streets and medieval architecture provide the perfect backdrop for a pub crawl like no other. Start at Brew York, a bustling microbrewery housed within a former Victorian building, where you can sample an eclectic range of beers brewed on-site, from crisp lagers to robust stouts. Then, wander through the city's labyrinthine lanes to discover hidden gems like The Hop Shack and Brewdog York, where you can indulge in experimental brews crafted with passion and precision.

Next, venture south to the vibrant city of Bristol, known for its arts scene and laid-back atmosphere. Here, you'll find an abundance of microbreweries dotted across the city, each offering its own unique take on craft beer. Head to Wiper and True, a beloved local brewery known for its innovative flavor combinations and commitment to quality. Or, pay a visit to Left Handed Giant Brewing Co., where you can enjoy a pint in the shadow of the iconic St. Philips Cathedral.

No craft beer pilgrimage would be complete without a stop in the bustling metropolis of Manchester, where a thriving beer culture has taken root in recent years. Explore the city's Northern Quarter, home to a plethora of independent breweries and craft beer bars, including Cloudwater Brew Co. and Track Brewing Co. Whether you're sipping on a hoppy IPA or a rich, velvety porter, you'll be spoiled for choice in this vibrant urban enclave.

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