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Perfect Pints and Taproom Tours

Posted: Tue, 28th May 2024

There’s nothing quite like taking that first sip of a cold beer on a warm Summer’s day, and a visit to one of these local breweries will see you leaving with your new favourite pint. Get to know the growers and the brewers behind small batch creators and how the bigger companies handle their production. Tours demonstrate the ins and the outs and are always accompanied by plenty of tastings! After a tour why not try other offerings at the on-site taprooms. It’s a great chance to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere surrounded by like-minded beer lovers. Don’t panic if you’re more fond of a cider or a lager, we’ve got plenty of options for you as well!

Deya Brewery and Taproom, Cheltenham

Deya is a full of life brewery just outside the centre of Cheltenham. Their taproom is at the heart of the brewery and you can pop along for a casual pint with friends and try out their latest concoctions. They focus on hoppy beers, lagers, traditional UK styles and mixed fermentation ales. There are often events and food trucks so you can make a night of it!

Dunkertons, Cheltenham

Since 1980, the Dunkerton family have been producing cider and perry using organic fruits from their own orchards and local suppliers. Regular events are held at their bustling taproom and shop. The calendar is full of performers, pop up food stalls, comedy nights, quizzes and more. On a tour you will see how cider is crafted and get to taste samples alongside cheese and freshly baked bread.

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Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton

This family owned brewery is in a beautiful Victorian building and some award-winning beers and produced here. Book a brewery tour which ends with a tutored tasting, meet the shire horses still in use, and stay for a meal, and pints of course, at the Malthouse Kitchen. Hook Norton have a range of both beers and ciders covering all tastes. You’re sure to leave with a bagful of new brews!

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Hawkstone Brewery, Bourton-on-the-Water

Hawkstone is the brainchild of Jeremy Clarkson and experienced brewer Rick Keene. Head down to visit the bar for a pint of lager or cider and if you visit on a Friday or Saturday there will be a food truck standing by to keep you satisfied. If you book in for a tour you will be told the history of Hawkstone as you see how the lager is brewed and of course, you get to try it for yourselves.

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Stroud Brewery, Stroud

With a focus on sustainability and doing good for both planet and people, Stroud Brewery produce organic beers and are a certified B-Corporation. Tours take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month but the taproom is open every day and has an organic food and dedicated pizza menu. Several events fill their calendar with board game nights, pilates, dancing and music.

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Bespoke Brewery, Cinderford

This award-winning, family run brewery in the Forest of Dean is the place to be to learn all about the brewing process and to have a pint or two. Their offering includes ales, a stout, ciders and a lager so you’ll find something to suit you. A tour includes the brew house where you will learn how hops and malts are chosen to get the perfect colour, scent and flavour and you can avail yourselves of bottomless beer. Tours take place on the first and third Saturday of the month.

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Wye Valley Brewery, Stoke Lacy

Brewing since 1985, Wye Valley Brewery now produce enough beer for more than 14 million pints a year! Using produce from award-winning local growers the range includes classic ales, bitters and stouts with monthly limited releases added to the menu. Visit the brewery for a tour and see the behind the scenes of the brewing process with the chance to taste a few pints along the way.

Newton Court Cider, Newton

Not wanting to leave out the cider drinkers, Newton Court Cider is a haven for lovers of perries and ciders. Learn everything there is to know about cider making, from the orchards to the final pour. Alongside cider and perry, the designated driver is also looked after with their pressed apple juice. A tour includes tastings and a ploughman’s lunch. There is also a café, restaurant and bar on site if you don’t fancy joining a tour but still want to try out the variety of drinks on offer.

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