COVID-19 UPDATE JANUARY 2021
Due to the lockdown and the current uncertainty on the return of hospitality all our beer tours are suspended or cancelled.
However, we warmly welcome enquiries to celebrate the Return of the Great British Pub when the coronavirus restrictions ease or cease.
Special discounts are available for health, care, and emergency service workers.
We are, regretfully, unable to operate our popular tours until the government advises when hospitality will reopen. When this joyous day arrives we are poised to immediately recommence our tours.
In the meantime, we will continue to plan for later this year and through to 2022. These include our proposed new Hop Walk visit to Herefordshire in September. (see New Tours) There is also the possibility of our first visit to the wonderful pubs and brewers of the Isle of Man.
When planning our tours we will work with our long-standing transport, accommodation*, brewery and pub partners to adhere strictly to all prevailing Covid-19 precautions.
On request we can continue to plan tailored mini-bus tours across the North West, North Wales and Yorkshire for self-contained parties such as families (over 18s only), clubs or a just a group of friends looking to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or simply have a great outing. For larger groups, we can provide comfortable 40-seater coach transport rather than our usual tours mini-bus.
We will welcome parties from the health & care sectors, along with other emergency services employees, and discounts will apply – please enquire.
Walking tours of historic pubs in Chester and Liverpool will also be on offer when they are possible again (please note no public transport will be required on these tours).
We need you for our tours - so if you would like to explore the UK’s amazing independent brewers and celebrate the Return of the Great British Pub please contact us by telephone or email for updates and further tour information.
We love to chat about the very flexible tour options and opportunities available to you. Expressions of interest, without commitment, will be warmly welcomed.
Payments and refunds:
Payment will be taken in accordance with the usual Beer Tours UK payments schedule as stated in our Terms & Conditions. However, should future coronavirus regulations interfere with any booked tour we will refund all payments less any irrecoverable costs already incurred by Beer Tours UK– for example, hotel accommodation.
Contact: or telephone +44 (0) 7751 578605 | + 44 (0) 1244 675995
*Accommodation: Beer Tours UK works with small hotels and pubs to provide tour accommodation, however groups are free to arrange their own should they wish.
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.
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.
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.