THE UK’S BEST BEER DES­TI­NA­TIONS

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MANCH­ESTER

Manch­ester has long boasted a vibrant LGBT+ scene and now it has an equally won­der­ful beer scene to match! Cloud­wa­ter Brew Co. ( see main fea­ture) opens the doors to the Bar­rel Store ev­ery week­end and there re­ally is no bet­ter place to en­joy their well-crafted brews. Lo­cated in a rail­way arch, just five min­utes’ walk from Pic­cadilly Sta­tion, there’s only room for 40 peo­ple, so make sure you get there early and hun­ker down amongst the bar­rel-age­ing beer for an af­ter­noon of some of the very best ale in the UK. Across the city you can also find great beer at Port Street Beer House, a small venue with a tra­di­tional pub feel, that on a sunny day sees cus­tomers spilling onto the street out front, or the more con­tem­po­rary Pil­crow, nestled in a Scan­di­na­vian-style, wooden struc­ture in the shadow of Vic­to­ria Sta­tion, which boasts a vast range of cask and keg beer from within the city and fur­ther afield. Cloud­wa­ter Bar­rel Store: Arch 13, Sh­effield Street, Manch­ester M1 2ND (open Fri­day 4pm-9pm, Satur­day 12pm-8pm & Sun­day 12pm-5pm only) Port Street Beer House: 39-41 Port Street, Manch­ester M1 2EQ The Pil­crow Pub: Sadler’s Yard, Hanover Street, Manch­ester M60 0AB

LIVER­POOL

Thirty miles away in Liver­pool, there’s also plenty of great beer to be had. Head to the cre­ative hub of the Baltic Tri­an­gle for some hip choices, or over to the more estab­lished Ship and Mitre, an art de­costyle pub with a large cir­cu­lar bar and a choice of around 200 dif­fer­ent beers on tap and in bot­tles. Just a lit­tle fur­ther along Dale Street is The Dead Crafty Beer Com­pany, a cor­ner bar with a New York feel and an im­pres­sive 20 keg lines. Whilst you’re in town, look out for lo­cal brews by the ever-cre­ative Mad Hat­ter Brew­ing Com­pany, fa­mous for their out­ra­geous Tzatziki Sour – a Ber­liner Weisse beer brewed to taste like the yo­ghurt, cu­cum­ber and mint dip. The Ship & Mitre: 133 Dale Street, Liver­pool, L2 2JH The Dead Crafty Beer Com­pany: 98 Dale Street, Liver­pool, L2 5TF

LONDON

The beer scene in the cap­i­tal has changed be­yond recog­ni­tion in the past few years. From around 10 brew­eries in 2010 to well over 100 now, you should never be short of a qual­ity, lo­cal pint. If you’re in south London on a Satur­day af­ter­noon, try beer fresh from the taps at nine dif­fer­ent brew­eries on the now fa­mous “Ber­mond­sey Beer Mile”. Start­ing out at the won­der­ful Four­pure near South Ber­mond­sey sta­tion, you can wan­der through the rail­way arches and in­dus­trial es­tates of this part of London tak­ing in award-win­ning brew­eries like Brew By Num­bers, Par­ti­zan and Ker­nel. Some of the lo­ca­tions may be far from pretty, but you’ll be able to see ex­actly where the beer is made, drink brews that can’t be found else­where, and per­haps even grab a chat with one of the brewers. Four­pure Brew­ing Com­pany: 22 Ber­mond­sey Trad­ing Es­tate, Rother­hithe New Road, London, SE16 3LL (open Fri­day 4pm-8pm & Satur­day 11am-8pm only) Brew By Num­bers: 79 Enid Street, London SE16 3RA (open Fri­day 6pm-10pm & Satur­day 11am-8pm only) Par­ti­zan: 8 Al­mond Road, London, SE16 3LR (open Satur­day 11am-5pm only) Ker­nel: Arch 11, Dock­ley Road In­dus­trial Es­tate, London, SE16 3SF (open Satur­day 9am-2pm for bot­tle sales only)

BRIGHTON

The queer cap­i­tal of the south coast may have been a lit­tle late to the craft ale party com­pared to some other cities, but it’s now firmly estab­lished as a beer des­ti­na­tion. And if you’ve vis­ited Brighton’s LGBT+ bars over the past few years you might be quite fa­mil­iar with the lo­ca­tions of two of Brighton’s best beer venues. The Craft Beer Com­pany, a short walk up the hill from Churchill Square, is in the build­ing once oc­cu­pied by The Princess Vic­to­ria, a well-loved les­bian bar through­out the early 2000s. Craft is part of a London-based chain, and of­fers a wide range of beers in smart, com­fort­able sur­round­ings. Across town, the same venue that was pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by a later in­car­na­tion of the Princess Vic­to­ria (“The PV at the Jury’s Out”), is now Brighton Bier­haus, which func­tions as the brew­ery tap for lo­cal brewers, Brighton Bier. Here you can ex­pect to find qual­ity keg and cask beer from Brighton and be­yond, in­clud­ing the brew­ery’s own Down­town Char­lie Brown, an Amer­i­can brown ale, and their col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal cho­co­latiers, Choc­cy­woc­cy­doo­dah, a rich stout called Choc­cy­woccy Brew-ha. Craft Beer Com­pany: 22-23 Up­per North Street, Brighton, BN1 3FG Brighton Bier­haus: 161, Ed­ward Street, Brighton, BN2 0JB

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