Thanks to a buzzing craft beer scene featuring breweries like Bhramari Brewing Co and Black Mountain Ciderworks and bars like Cedric’s Tavern and the Wicked Weed Brewing Pub, Asheville is one of America’s foremost beer cities.
So there’s no need to stray too far afield to sample some of the best brews in the world, but sometimes alcohol adventurers like to venture to foreign climes to broaden their beer horizons.
If you’ve got itchy feet and fancy heading across the Atlantic in 2019 to quench your thirst in good old Blighty, here are ten tips for a beer lover’s UK trip.
- Hangover cure
It’s best not to drink to excess, but buy a few bottles of Scottish hangover cure Irn-Bru in the first British shop you come across — this soft drink tastes great and clears the cobwebs.
This rebellious craft beer brand was born in Ellon near Aberdeen, but now exports bottles and themed bars around the world. Book a Brewdog brewery tour to tap into their successful formula.
Drygate craft beer is sold across the UK, but a tasting tour at their microbrewery in the heart of Glasgow is not to be missed — find out more at drygate.com.
- Innis & Gunn
Innis & Gunn export excellent pale ales, wheat beers and lagers to 28 countries worldwide. Sample a flight of their brews with fab food at their Beer Kitchen bar in Edinburgh.
- Newcastle Tap
Newcastle in England’s north east is a premium party town and the Newcastle Tap bar serves tasty snacks and 24 draft beers from Britain and beyond. It’s located at 4 Neville street.
- Tyne Bank Tap
Don’t forget to drop into the Tyne Bank Tap to make the most of your Newcastle sojourn — this beer hall at 375 Walker Road features a microbrewery and hosts artisan markets and live music sessions.
- Tiny Rebel
Tiny Rebel in Newport, South Wales won Champion Beer of Britain in 2015 and produces some of the most innovative brews around. Find out how to tour their brewery at tinyrebel.co.uk.
- Blue Anchor Inn
The Blue Anchor Inn in East Aberthaw, Vale of Glamorgan is one of the most beautiful traditional pubs in Wales — soak up the atmosphere in this thatched roof 13th Century masterpiece.
There’s a vibrant beer scene in Belfast, Northern Ireland — and one of the best places to sink a pint of the black stuff, or any other tipple, is the flat-iron shaped Bittles Bar at 70 Upper Church Lane.
Last but not least, get into the groove for your British trip by cruising to your departure airport in the comfort of your own ride — find US airport parking at Looking4.com to secure it until you return.
Follow our ten tips for a beer lover’s UK trip and you’ll return home with a few terrific tales and a barrel-load of new favorites to add to your beer hitlist.
Which UK beer do you enjoy? Share your tips in the comments section.