The great big craft beer map of Britain

Jul 23,2015

You don't have to be a bearded hipster to have noticed thesudden surge in craft beer production across Britain over the pastfew years. It seems that on one balmy summer's eve somewhere around2010/2011, beer lovers across the country slammed down their pintglasses and cried in unison, Enough! Enough of this mainstream,over-fizzed, under-flavoured lager! If we want a decent beer aroundhere, we're going to have to brew it ourselves! And brew is whatthey did. In their garages and in their basements, late into themidnight hours, a craft was mastered… and the world was never thesame again.

In celebration of this epic revolution, we have created theultimate tool to aid the people in their quest to find abeer-soul-mate. And so 'The great big craft beer map ofBritain' was born.

Check out the full size map below and read exclusive chats withsome of our favourite brewers below.



Below, we chat exclusively with some of the beer-brewinggeniuses themselves. Read on to find out why Farmageddon is calledFarmageddon, who loves what beer, and which brewery only employsfailed astronauts.



Dark Star Brewing Co.

We are...

Dark Star Brewing Co. is based in Partridge Green near Horsham, andis known for brewing a wide range of different beer styles, as wellas for our obsession with hops, many of which are imported from theUS and New Zealand.

Our favourite beer is:

Hophead is probably my favourite, not because it's our best seller,but because for so many people it was the beer that first got theminto real ale.

We bet you didn't know:

Dark Star was named after a track from the American rock band, theGrateful Dead.

- James Cuthbertson, Dark Star Brewing

The Five Points Brewing Co.

We are...

The Five Points Brewing Company is based in Hackney, East London,and has been brewing interesting, flavoursome beers since March of2013.

Our favourite beer is:

Wehave no favourite Five Points beer - we love 'em all!

We bet you didn't know:

The Five Points Brewing Company is the first brewery in the UnitedKingdom to be a certified Living Wage employer.

- Doreen Joy Barber, Five Points Brewing Co.

Magic Rock Brewing Co.

We are...

Magic Rock Brewing co. is run by brothers Richard and JohnnyBurhouse, and head brewer Stuart Ross. We produce a range ofdelicious, 'hop-forward' beers that deliver, as our website states,a taste experience which is magically different to themundane.

Our favourite beer is:

Cannonball IPA

We bet you didn't know:

Magic Rock Brewing Co. is named after the Burhouse family businessin Huddersfield, which wholesales Crystals and Minerals from allover the world, and shares the site at which the original brewerywas based.

- Richard Burhouse, Managing Director, Magic Rock BrewingCo.

Farmageddon Brewing Co-Op.

We are...

The Farmageddon Brewing Co-Op, and our members are a group ofdevoted hopheads. We brew in a West Coast (USA) India Pale Alestyle where EVERY brew gets dry hopped. At the farm we have rarebreed pigs that enjoy eating the used or 'spent' grain from thebrews, which in turn feed us in a holistic cycle. We also havehundreds of cider apple and pear trees, bee hives, and we growfruit and veggies!

Our favourite beer is:

Our most popular beer is our India Pale Ale (IPA).

We bet you didn't know:

The name Farmageddon came from late night chats about what youwould need to survive a zombie apocalypse (big zombie movie fans).Brewing our own beer and raising our own animals were at the top ofthe list!

- Sue Jackson, Farmageddon Brewing Co-Op

Hilden Brewery Company

We are...

The Hilden Brewery Company has been handcrafting delicious beersfor thirty-four years. Situated in the historically listed stablesof Hilden House, which dates back to 1824, we're a family runbusiness that prides itself on selecting the finest ingredients tocreate the perfect beer.

Our favourite beer is:

Twisted Hop

We bet you didn't know:

Hilden Brewery is Ireland's oldest independent brewery.

- Owen Brewery, Brewery Manager, Hilden Brewery

Siren Craft Brew

We are...

Siren Craft Brew is a forward-thinking brewery known for itsfull-flavoured beers, experimentation and collaboration with otherbrewers. We were named England's Best Brewery by Ratebeer in2014.

Our Favourite Beer is:

That's a tough one! The special we get asked about most often isCaribbean Chocolate Cake, a 7.4% tropical stout with cacao nibs,cypress wood and lactose.

We bet you didn't know:

The first beer ever bottled at Siren was a 'Worm Beer', brewedespecially for an event exploring the deliciousness of insectsarranged by Nordic Food Labs.

- Andy Nowlan, Siren Craft Brew

By The Horns

We are...

ByThe Horns has been brewing multi award-winning beer for over 4years. The brewery was started by two friends, Alex and Chris, whoboth have a passion for tasty beer, and a shared sense ofadventure. We brew beer in small batches with only the finestquality ingredients, purely focused on taste, innovation andquality.

Our favourite beer is:

Lambeth Walk

We bet you didn't know:

When we started By The Horns we were both still working full timegraduate jobs and brewing at night time and weekends. On one of ourlate brews, at around a 2am finish, we left the brewery to findthree police cars waiting outside, with the guys running up anddown frantically investigating reports of a fire. It was actuallythe smoke coming out of our chimney. It was from this we named ourWheat Beer - Bobby on the Wheat.

- Chris Mills, Founder, By The Horns

Beavertown Brewery

We are...

Born in December 2011, Beavertown has gone from strength tostrength. A far cry from our origins brewing in the back of Duke'sBrew and Que, in May 2014 we moved to our 11,000squft brewery inTottenham Hale.

Our favourite beer is:

Quelle, our dry hopped saison. Sunshine in a can. Except itscold.

We bet you didn't know:

Every single Beavertown employee is a fully trained astronaut whofailed the final fitness test: I just stand outside Cape Canaveraland pop a can whenever I see a mopey looking man or lady in a fullspace suit. They have an amazing sense of smell so nature does therest. They are already used to the hours of solitary confinement soit's a match made in heaven. - Logan Plant

- Nick Dwyer, Creative Director, Beavertown Brewery

Thornbridge Brewery

We are...

Thornbridge Brewery is celebrating ten years of brewing in 2015. Inthat time we've amassed over 350 awards from across the world forour beers. Plus, in 2014 we were crowned BBC Radio 4's DrinksProducer of the Year.

Our Favourite Beer is:

Beers can fit certain occasions but as a beer for anytime we'dchoose Chiron, a 5% American Pale Ale - not too strong, wellbalanced, with full flavours and great drinkability.

We bet you didn't know:

All Thornbridge bottled beers feature the statue that stands atThornbridge Hall - Flora the Greek Goddess of Flowers. This issignificant to both the brewery's roots and the fact hops flowersare used in every beer.

- Rob Lovatt, Head Brewer, Thornbridge

Bristol Beer Factory

We are...

Bristol Beer Factory has been one of the leading lights in thecraft brewing scene ever since the first release of its Milk Stoutin 2006. It now has three national champions and exports all overthe world.

Our Favourite Beer is:

Ultimate Stout has to be my favourite BBF beer.

We bet you didn't know:

The building we're in was originally built as a fermenting blockfor the old Ashton Gate brewery which closed in 1930. During thewar the building was used to produce Ribena as a source of vitaminC when citrus fruits were in short supply. Seventy years afterbrewing ceased in the building, the Bristol Beer Factory started itall up again, with new equipment and new recipes.

-Simon Bartlett, Co Founder & MD - Bristol BeerFactory

Remember, don't forget to drinkresponsibly, folks. Always choosecraft.

If you're visiting thecapital to get crafty with beer, don't forget to check out theMillennium & Copthorne hotelsin London. You'll need more than a day to drink your waythrough this city.

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