6 great Cotswold breweries and where to try a pint!(Last Updated On: 5th September 2019)
Thoughts of a pint from one of our great Cotswold breweries – supped around a cosy pub fireplace – are beginning to bubble into our thoughts, as the summer fades away. And what a choice we have with 6 Cotswold breweries on our doorstep. A pint, or two, produced by these fab breweries are available all over the Cotswolds, and there’s no better way to try them locally, even direct from the brewery, so we’ve included a holiday cottage in walking distance of each one!
Producing three great brews – Yubby (a biter), Yawnie (an ale) and Goldie (an IPA-style beer) – from the brewery in Ebrington near Chipping Campden, Yubberton, run by husband and wife team, Jim and Claire Alexander, uses organic hops and malt in all their delicious brews.
Where to stay within walking distance of the brewery: a bit of hike, but check out Milliner’s Barn at Weston-Sub-Edge, a 4-mile country walk away.
Hook Norton Brewery (near Chipping Norton)
This year, the Hook Norton Brewery celebrates its 170th year! A family-run brewery with a rich handcrafted brewing heritage and one of the finest examples of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country to boot. Stop by for a brewery tour and experience the sights and sounds of a bustling working brewery in action, learning all about the brewing process (and sampling its tasty results) as you go. Then, pick up your favourite Hooky brews in the Brewery Shop, before heading to the Malthouse Kitchen for a well-earned bite to eat.
Where to stay within walking distance of Hook Norton Brewery: Hillside Cottage in Swerford
This fantastic, independent brewery based in Bourton-on-the-Water is one of the first of the UK’s lager microbreweries – they pride themselves on brewing lagers only like the Germans and Belgians do. According to Cotswold, “Only those lucky people that live in or visit The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Bristol, London and a few places in between are lucky enough to get their hands (and lips) on Cotswold.”
Donnington Brewery produces real ale at its brewery in Stow-on-the-Wold, in the heart of the Cotswolds. You can’t drink the brews – ‘BB’ 3.6% abv and ‘SBA’ 4.4% abv Double Donn – at the brewery, but you can at any one of 18 Donnington pubs, including the Queen’s Head in Stow-on-the-Wold.
Where to stay within walking distance of the brewery and Queen’s Head: Teagles Cottage
This truly mini micro-brewery only produces four beers, Defiant, Destiny, Serenity and Odyssey and they can only be drunk in The Village Inn at Nailsworth.
Where to stay within walking distance of the Village Inn: Walkley Wood Cottage
One of the grooviest Cotswold Breweries
Of course, there are other micro-breweries around the Cotswolds, including DEYA in Cheltenham which has the funkiest brewery website and beer names you’ve ever seen… it’s worth a visit to try Dust My Broom (pale ale), Clouds that Shape Themselves (IPA) and High Planes Drifter (DIPA).
We haven’t got any cottages in Cheltenham centre, but you could always jump on a bus or a train from any one of these Cotswold holiday cottages and go visit!