Staffordshire’s Burton-upon-Trent was once known as the brewery capital of the country. At its peak in the 19th century, around a quarter of all beer sold in Britain was produced in the town. Most famously, the Bass brewery was founded in Burton-upon-Trent by William Bass in 1777. Whilst the volume produced in the town now is much less, the legacy remains in the quality of Staffordshire breweries today. Here are our top picks for a pint (or two).
Just down the road from the home of Staffordshire breweries, Burton-upon-Trent, this brewery uses only traditional brewing methods and organic ingredients wherever possible to produce their award winning beers. They are obviously doing something right as they have bagged an impressive 20 CAMRA awards. Sample their creations for yourself at The Junction at Stretton, or order from their online shop.
Founded in Stoke-on-Trent in 1985, these passionate brewers produce over 20 beers including an award-winning chocolate and vanilla stout. Titanic’s beers are stocked in pubs and bars across Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire and Cheshire, or you can order from their online shop to sip on one of their craft ales from the comfort of home.
This family run micro brewery was founded in 2008 by ‘Brad the Brewer’ who was by no means a novice with over 30 years brewing experience. They offer brewery tours so you can get a look behind the scenes - discover how it all started, their brewing methods and enjoy their delicious beers alongside a homemade beef and ale stew - for just £20 per person. It’s one of the few Staffordshire breweries to have its own pub too - The Borehole is just moments from the brewery.
One of the larger Staffordshire breweries, these guys are passionate about craft lager. They are one of the few independent breweries in the UK to supply a 100% vegan beer, are certified by the soil association and have a strong environmental ethos. You may well recognise the brand - they have collaborated with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to produce the River Cottage Organic Shangri Lager and they supply Aldi and Lidl too.
Beowulf Brewing Co.
Despite brewing since 1997 it’s only due to a move to the shores of Chasewater that Beowulf Brewing Co. appears on our list of top Staffordshire breweries, having started its life as the first independent brewery in Birmingham. Visit the brewery to sample their signature ales - award-winning ‘Dark Raven’ and easy-drinker ‘Wulf’ along with their wider selection.
These expert brewers have branched out to offer contract canning and bottling to other Staffordshire breweries and further afield, but they still brew their popular core range - available to buy online at corkesbeer.co.uk, and even produce a selection of craft gins now too.
Located in one of the most unique settings of all the Staffordshire breweries on our list, Tower brewery is based in a converted water tower, once owned by Bass and co. They offer four core beers and a selection of tasty seasonal brews. You can pop along for a tour, led by founder, John, sample their award-winning beers or even hire the space for a private event.
Burton Town Brewery
With an appreciation for the traditional, but a passion for innovation, this micro-brewery offers classic ales as well as IPAs. They brew by hand, and all of their beers are gluten free too. Their Albion Pale Ale is served at The Stranger’s Bar in the House of Commons. But you can also visit their tap room where they host events including food pop-ups, live music and silent discos.
Tamworth Brewing Co.
Tamworth’s first micro-brewery, and located in a charming 16th century town centre shop, visitors are welcomed into this unique tap room from Wednesday - Sunday. They supply local pubs, but you can also take a seat in the fantastic beer garden, which sits in the shadow of the town’s Norman castle, and enjoy one of the ales brewed on site.
Now, this one doesn’t technically belong in this list of best Staffordshire Breweries. However, we thought it was worth a mention as it is an aladdin's cave of the best beer, cider and spirits - including a great selection of local ales. Located in Newcastle-under-Lyme, if you are in the area it’s definitely worth a visit. You can enjoy a tipple from their on-site bar or pick up a great selection to take away with you.
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