Take your new read to one of these great bars within a brewery for ultra-fresh craft beer…
You’ve finished the two delicious craft beer cans in your subscription box, what to drink next? How about heading to the source of the elixir – one of the UK’s numerous craft beer brewery bars. There, you can ignore the fact that you’re in an industrial estate by choosing a limited-edition brew, seeking out a quiet space to yourself and unwinding with your book. There is no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
The Newport brewery has a raft of awards under its belt, and launched its brewery bar a couple of years ago so you can quaff a pint just metres from where it was brewed. You’ll see its core beers such as Cwtch and Clwb Tropicana alongside seasonal specials and exclusive collaborations such as New Number, Who ’Dis Brett and, if you’ve ever wondered what a jam doughnut pale ale would taste like, Pump Up The Jam Jam Doughnut Pale Ale. There’s also a massive menu of chicken wings, burgers and fish and chips, a huge outside seating area and regular quiz nights.
The perfect reading location – inside a restored court house, with a huge range of Buxton’s beers on tap for your perusal – 16 on keg, two on cask, and among the beers you’ll find some of the brewery’s most limited releases, such as the Blueberry Frozen Yoghurt Ice Cream fruit beer, or Kentucky Woods imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. It does some sensational 6hr-smoked barbecue beef brisket, too.
Just take a look at the grilled frankfurter posh hotdog on Howling Hops’ Instagram and tell us you don’t want it. Hoo boy, it’s what Friday lunchtimes were made for. The great thing about this bar, apart from that posh hotdog, is the tanks of beer behind the bar, each pumping out fresh beer directly into your pint pot. Salivate away, my friend – take your book, grab a fresh pint and perhaps even hang around for one of their weekly comedy nights.
Cloudwater brews some of the absolute best beer you’ll find in this country, and its brewery tap is a peaceful oasis in which to devour a book. The décor is calming white, there are plants on the tables, the furniture is minimal, Scandi-styled perfection – all you need is a delicious glass of tank-fresh beer and the afternoon is sorted.
Looking for remoteness? Windswept, located in north Scotland, is the place for you. It’s particularly of interest if you love outdoor sports – surfing, mountain biking, kayaking, trail running… spend the morning burning off the calories you’ll be drinking after lunch. The go-to beer of choice is The Wolf of Glen Moray, a dark and strong barrel-aged Scottish ale, best enjoyed with a Big Orange burger next to the fire pit.