COMING OUT OF COVID
WITH GROUND BREAKING NEW TOURS
Beer Tours UK is returning. As hospitality reopens, we are now anxious to celebrate the Return of the Great British Pub with our tours for later this year and into 2022.
We can now warmly welcome enquiries for both our established tours and new roll outs - including visiting the Isle of Man in October 2021, A Hop Walk in Herefordshire in September 2022 and our Northern Cities Beer Odyssey (see New Tours page).
The tours are set to commence from July. By then pubs and brewers should, hopefully, once again freely open their doors if the Government's road map to recovery unfolds according to plan.
We will, of course, work closely with our long-standing transport, accommodation*, brewery and pub partners to strictly adhere to any Covid-19 protocols that remain.
Please enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07751 578605 or +44 (0) 1244 675995 for more information. We love to talk through our tours.
In recognition of their bravery and dedication throughout the pandemic, beer enthusiasts from the health & care sectors and other emergency services will be welcomed with special discounts - please do enquire.
We are proposing to take our first exciting step outside of British brewing with beer exploration in France and Flanders while cruising scenic and tranquil waterways. France has seen remarkable growth in craft brewers in recent years and Belgium has a long-brewing history. These trips will run in a link-up with an award-winning UK tour company operating in Europe. The first tour should be offered for New Year 2021/22 with more next year. Further details are to be announced later, but early enquiries are welcome.
Unique to Britain
Cask ale and our wonderful pubs - many dating back centuries - are unique to Britain.
I have had the pleasure of going on 2 beer tours with Steve Hobman from Beer Tours UK. The first was to North Wales and Liverpool in 2013, and the second was to the Peak District and Manchester in 2018.
On each tour we visited both rural and city local breweries and pubs, some were classic examples from the Victorian era and early 20th Century. We sampled both traditional British real ales as well as some newer, craft beer styles.
Steve not only has a fantastic knowledge of British beer, but he ensures we learnt some of the history and culture of the places we visited.
The accommodation on both holidays was in delightful pubs, and the tours were well planned and paced.
As a British expat visiting the UK it was a great way of seeing parts of Britain I had never seen and enjoying the best of British beer.
All About Cask Ale
Beer Tours UK has a very special offer in British beer tourism. We arrange bespoke tours for small groups, with enormous flexibility. Since we began, we have welcomed beer enthusiasts from Canada, the USA, Japan, Scandinavia and Australia along with many homegrown groups.
As a pioneer in British beer tourism, we have been leading both ale veterans and ale novices to breweries and pubs across northern England for several years. We started out way before the recent and rapid surge of craft keg brewers. We had a clear mission to showcase the unique national heritage of craft cask-conditioned ale alongside the iconic British pub - the only place you can drink cask.
Yes, we do recognise and respect the talents and creativity of the new craft keg brewers - and some of our brewing partners we visit now brew in both styles. And we may even trip over a craft gin producer or two. But cask ale and our wonderful pubs, many dating back centuries - from characteristic city centre ‘boozers’ to grand old coaching inns – are unique to Britain. Our tours celebrate them. This is really good fun beer tourism that you just can’t manage alone. We know the brewers, we know the pubs and we know the beers - well a quite a lot anyway.
1 DAY TOUR
A single day tour to experience the best of local ale, whether visiting a brewery or several pubs in a single location.
4 DAY TOUR
This excellent three day (3 nights) tour will explore the local area, revealing the best cask ale across breweries and pubs in the region.
With tailored itineraries for organised groups or simply like-minded individuals, we travel to cask ale brewers across rural Cheshire and Shropshire and the wonderfully vibrant cities of Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds while also heading into the dramatic landscapes of North Wales, the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales – all wonderful backdrops for tours. We can also arrange tours in London, the Lake District, Scotland and the West Country or other parts of the UK.
I contacted Beer Tours (UK) as I needed to organise something special for my 60th birthday. I contacted Steve and he created an itinerary and everyone was really looking forward to the trip. It didn't disappoint! Steve took us to pubs we wouldn't have found without him, to Brewery's where we enjoyed a tour (oh and free beer!) and some great scenery. If your looking for a recommendation for something different then try A Beer Tour with Steve Hobman.
Mike Carpenter, Altrincham
A visit to Stonehouse Brewery.
Founder | Lead Tours Advisor
Beer Tours UK is headed by beer writer and brewing media consultant Steve Hobman. Steve is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and the Brewing History society.