5 spots in Glasgow for a great craft pint
As the demand for hip, hard-to-find tipple swells, Scottish craft beer breweries have risen to meet the demand. With the Millennium Hotel Glasgow as our base, we unearth some of the best pubs in Glasgow which serve up the best craft pints, including a few that brew their own sips on site.
Located on the bustling, quaint cobbled streets of the West End is Brel, a casual but whimsical pub and eatery with plenty of cosy nooks and crannies. There's good comfort food like moules frites, macaroni and cheese, and hamburgers to be had here, alongside a seemingly unending list of beers from all corners of the globe. There are varieties from Belgium, Germany, the US and from neighbouring England, but it's the Scottish brewed beers that take the cake. Make sure to order the chocolatey and spicy Midnight Sun by Williams Brothers and the ginger-infused Crabbie's Scottish Raspberry.
2. BrewDog Glasgow
Bold and fast-growing beer company BrewDog was founded in 2007 by young and passionate Scots James Watt and Martin Dickie. Today, their creations are a major force in the global craft beer scene and a slew of BrewDog pubs – or “beer meccas, hop temples and cathedrals of malt” as they call them – have sprouted all over the world from Brazil to Japan to Italy. Alongside good food and live music, BrewDog Glasgow on Argyle Street offers all of their signature brews as well as a small batch of experimental and limited-release brews like Everyday Anarchy and Pumpkinhead.
3. Clockwork Beer Co
Clockwork Beer Co near Hampden Park doesn't pull out any bells and whistles, but what it does offer is an authentic Scottish pub experience complete with an outdoor beer garden and live music. Its beers come from an in-house microbrewery and include nine varieties such as the Craft Lager and Oregon IPA as well as crowd favourites Pacific Pale Ale and Original Amber. Visit on a Wednesday or Saturday to take part in its microbrewery tours which, naturally, are followed by beer tastings.
Housed in the iconic Templeton building is brewery, bar and restaurant, WEST. It is the UK’s only brewery that adheres to the 1516 German Purity Law, which states that brewers should make beer from just: barley, hops and water (later, yeast was allowed) – with no preservatives, flavours or chemicals. Its award-winning beers, such as the traditional Hefeweizen and Dunkel, are perfectly paired with the restaurant's Bavarian eats. To learn more about the brewing process, join the Friday brewery tours which finish with a guided tasting of WEST's wheat beers and lagers.
A self-proclaimed ‘fearless’ brewer, Drygate blasts out its hip beers from its multi-purpose microbrewery which is just a stone's throw from Tennent Caledonian brewery. The beers proffered here come under two categories: Core and Apex. The former are its classic brews (Bearface Lager, Outaspace Apple Ale, Gladeye IPA and Ax Man Rye IPA) and the latter are the output of its experimental brewing ethos.
The Scots are seriously upping their tipple game to prove they have much more than whiskey to offer. Their new boundary-pushing beer breweries are fast becoming trendsetters in the global craft beer scene, giving us an entirely new reason to adore this already beautiful country.
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