For some time Bristol has been recognized as a great destination for craft beer in cask and keg. The city is blessed with excellent breweries and the cluster of pubs and bars around Welsh Back and King Street is a destination by itself. However, a critical mass of breweries has formed in the industrial areas of St Philips and Easton and over two bank holiday weekends earlier this year they came together to form the East Bristol Brewery Trail; a beer mile with perhaps the potential to rival London’s Bermondsey Beer Mile (read about it).
The Bristol Breweries map at the end of this post shows the principle breweries currently operating in Bristol’s city neighborhoods and provides links to their websites. Of the six that make up Bristol’s Beer Mile, both Moor Beer and Left Handed Giant already post taproom opening hours on their websites and social media. So, even when there isn’t an event–like the East Bristol Brewery Trail–it’s worth giving the beer mile a shot starting from Moor Beer (but do check opening times beforehand). Moor Beer is about 10 minutes walk from Temple Meads station.
From Moor Beer the trail goes via the Barley Mow pub to Good Chemistry then to Left Handed Giant. Between Left Handed Giant and the Dawkins/Arbor locations at the end of the trail, pass by Crane to see if they’re open. They, along with Good Chemistry, have expressed interest in establishing opening hours outside of special events in future.
To watch for East Bristol Brewery Trail events: #EastBrisBrewTrail
And to keep tabs on the breweries’ Twitter feeds:
Here are some photos from our last visit to the Moor Beer taproom:
As a side note, besides being a fantastic craft beer destination, Bristol has some really nice small venues for live music similar to those we loved in Seattle (i.e. Showbox, Neumos, and the Crocodile). Back in September, Sunflower Bean, a fast rising alternative rock band out of Brooklyn, New York, wound up their headline European tour with a few dates in the UK. One was at Bristol’s Thekla, a unique small music venue (capacity 300); unique in that it is the converted hold of a cargo ship docked in the floating harbor. The chance to see one of America’s hottest young bands in such a unique venue for just £10 was too good a chance to miss.
Sunflower Bean at The Thekla, Bristol, 13 September 2016: