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Beer in the South West is thriving

The region has always had a reputation for a buzzy and vibrant micro-brewing scene, a reputation that still continues as new breweries emerge and established ones continue to thrive.

Adrian Tierney-Jones, author of 1001 Beers: You Must Try Before You Die, who is based in Exeter values the strength and growth of breweries in the South West. Here’s what he had to say...

“As a journalist specialising in beer and travel, I have drunk beer around the UK, Europe and the USA and have my favourite cities and breweries, and I think maybe I neglected the South West, took it for granted, thought it slow to change compared to beer scenes in other regions and countries. However, this perception has been turned upside down in the past few years, with Bristol becoming a major powerhouse, and exciting breweries popping up in places as far apart as Falmouth, Exeter and beyond.
There are all manner of IPAs, breweries experimenting (and succeeding) with blending, barrel-ageing and using mixed-fermentation; meanwhile, a new crop of beer venues have sprung up, bringing eager drinkers a taste of the ongoing craft beer revolution.
The Brewery Bible SW Edition is a comprehensive guide to this continuous revolution, a journey through the region’s breweries, beer venues and shops, making sure that this is the only handbook you will need on your beer travels across the South West.

Find your favourite South West brewery, venue or stockist by navigating this section of our website or by purchasing a copy of the SW Edition for only £6.99.