5 hours | 12:00 – 17:00 | must be booked in advance
Includes tours, guide, beer samples at each stop, a snack at final stop and minibus transportation.
Relax your afternoon away. Jump on the minibus in central Cheltenham or central Cirencester and spend your afternoon kicking back while we take you to up to three independent breweries and perhaps even a fantastic craft cider producer! You’ll taste a wonderful range of local brews, enjoy behind the scenes access to the brewhouses and learn about the ingredients and processes which provide us with delicious real ale, ‘craft’ beer and cider.
Brewery 1: Force Brewery. This little four barrel brewery began fermenting a selection of gravity-fed ales in Cirencester at the start of 2014.
Brewery 2: Corinium Ales. A charming Roman-themed, award winning brewery in beautiful Cirencester, the ‘capital of the Cotswolds’. The brewery, nicknamed ‘The Dog House’, is tucked away in the Old Kennels of a quintessential English estate.
Cidery: Beard & Sabre Cider Company. A new and exciting cider maker in Cirencester leading the craft cider revolution. Producing both traditional and experimental (all delicious) ciders in a lovely estate just outside of town. Here we’ll learn about pressing and production and taste their wares!
Brewery 3: Stroud Brewery. Established in 2006, Stroud Brewery is one of the oldest Cotswolds-based microbreweries. Featuring organic ales and lager produced with local barley and both English and New World hop varieties, and perfectly balancing the real ale tradition with the modern keg format. Their taproom is an awesome hangout, with live music on Saturday evenings – you may want to consider sticking around after the tour for a pizza and a few pints!
FUN NOTE: All the producers sell bottles/cans of their beverages and other merchandise. Bring some money and your canvas bag, and take advantage of having a minibus to cart around your purchases!
The tour time frame (12:00 – 17:00) runs from pick-up time in Cheltenham to drop-off time in Cheltenham. We will spend 30-60 minutes at each stop. Tours can run late depending on road conditions. Please inform us if you have onward travel bookings or early dinner reservations. The itinerary is subject to change.