To celebrate National Beer Day on 15th June, we’re taking a look at some breweries, and locally brewed beers close to our parks. With shops to visit, brewery tours to experience, and many local pubs serving up their brews, we'd love you to show your support for these local businesses.
Yorkshire & Lancashire
Located in Masham, North Yorkshire, Black Sheep have been producing award-winning beers since 1992 when Paul Theakston left his family brewery, T&R Theakstons to set up his own brewery. Housed in an old maltings overlooking the town, visitors can enjoy dining at their very own Bar & Kitchen, browsing their range of products in the shop, or finding out how their beers are brewed when their brewery tours return. Alternatively, take a trip to Leeds or York to try their products in their recently acquired pubs.
In the heart of the National Park is Yorkshire Dales Brewing Co, who, for over 15 years have been inspired by the towns and landmarks in the surrounding area to name their beers after. Producing extraordinary craft ales, using the finest ingredients, their range includes dark stouts, golden ales, and juicy IPAs all waiting to be discovered. Although their brewery tours are not currently operating, you can still find their beers online, or at their shop in Askrigg.
Holmes Mill is a top place to visit in Clitheroe if you love food, drink and entertainment. Set in an old textiles mill it’s the perfect place to spend a few hours visiting the food hall to pick up some goodies to take home, or indulging in a meal at the bar & grill. There’s also a popular beer hall with one of the largest bars in Britain where you’ll find Bowland Brewery’s team of dedicated brewers creating a collection of cask beers inspired by the outstandingly beautiful landscape of Bowland.
A family owned brewery since 1851 when it was discovered by Cornishman Walter Hicks, St Austell brewery are responsible for many of the region’s most popular beers in pubs, bars and supermarkets across Cornwall and Devon, along with the rest of the UK and overseas. Their visitor centre gives guests the opportunity to take part in a tour of the brewery to find out more about the brewing process and the history of the brewery.
With a passion for producing the ‘hoppiest beers in Cornwall’, Skinner’s in Truro was set up in 1997 by Steve Skinner who along with his family, created a ground-breaking golden ale and named it after the tin-mining faeries of local myth. Today the range has expanded greatly, with each ale having a locally inspired name including Porthleven, Betty Stogs and Sennen along with many more. To find out more, you can pay a visit the brewery, or The Old Ale House brewery tap where you can sample the whole Skinner’s range, as well as some guest beers and ciders.
Offering award-winning, cask, keg and bottle craft beers since 1985, Wye Valley are a family-owned brewery located in Herefordshire. They’re very proud to support the local area with 80% of their hops and raw ingredients coming directly from farms within 10 miles of the brewery thus reducing their carbon footprint. If you want to try their beers, you can find them in over 1200 pubs across the West Midlands and South Wales, pay a visit to their on-site shop, or take a tour where you will enjoy some samples as well as learning about their special brewing process.
Now in just their seventh year, Wild Horse Brewing Co are a modern brewers, who were inspired by the US craft beer revolution and in 2015 decided to make great craft beer in North Wales. Next time you’re visiting Llandudno, be sure to stop by their shop where you’ll find a great selection of lagers, pale ales, session IPAs and even some merchandise including bags and glassware.
The quirky Purple Moose Brewery have a unique selection of beers including Elderflower Ale, Whakahari premium bitter made from water from the hills of Snowdonia, Madog’s Ale inspired by their location in the harbour town of Porthmadog, and have recently released Spirt of the Moose – a hop-infused beer spirit. If you fancy trying their interesting selection, you can visit the taproom, ‘The Australia’, or one of their shops located in both Betws-y-Coed and Porthmadog.
With a passion for providing ‘beautifully balanced beers for beer lovers’, the family-run Brewis Beer Co. is just 1 mile from our Amble Links park. With an ever-changing list of beers, both their own and some guest breweries, the taproom and beer garden in the heart of Amble are great places to experience their craft beers, along with some great local street food too.