There’s not many things that can beat a deliciously refreshing cool pint of beer on a summer’s day.
We’re lucky enough to have some brilliant breweries here in Leicestershire and Rutland, producing some incredible ales – and at many of these places, you can take a seat and enjoy a freshly brewed pint on-site.
Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?
Here are the breweries you could visit
Framework Brewery, Friday Street, Leicester
Leicester’s first craft brewery, Framework has been brewing from its Victorian redbrick building in Leicester city centre since 2016.
Beers include Keep The Faith West Coast IPA and Move On Up US pale ale.
The brewery tap has now expanded into the space above the brewery, and is currently screening the Euros. The England, Scotland and Wales group stage matches, any of the last 16 matches featuring England, Wales or Scotland, all the quarter finals and semi final matches and the Euro 2021 final will be shown.
Click here to visit the website to book your table.
West End Brewery, Braunstone Gate, Leicester
Opened in 2016, this is Leicester’s first brew pub, serving in-house produced beer (in the brewery right behind the pub) as well as guest beers.
Beers produced by West End Brewery include West Coast IPA, Bowstring Bridge bitter and Car Park King session IPA.
Opening hours are currently Monday – Thursday 5pm – 11pm, Friday and Saturday 2pm – Midnight, Sunday 2pm – 11pm.
Visit the website here.
Everards Beer Hall, Everards Meadows, Enderby
Beer fans will no doubt be well aware that Everards has recently relocated to its new home at Everards Meadows.
The new development includes a stunning beer hall, where you can enjoy a pint of Everards ale and a bite to eat – whether that’s breakfast, lunch, a snack or an evening meal.
Everards beers include Tiger copper ale, Sunchaser golden ale and Old Original ruby ale.
The beer hall is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 11pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am to 10pm.
You can book your visit via the website.
Tollgate Brewery, Calke Abbey, near Ashby
Tollgate Brewery produces a wide variety of traditional real ales from its six barrel brewery, based in one of the National Trust’s farm buildings which dates back to the 19th century.
Last year, the brewery opened The Milking Parlour – a tap room with outdoor seating, which overlooks the brewery itself.
Year-round cask beers include Ashby Pale (4.5%), Billy’s Best Bitter (4.6%) and Duffield Amber (4.4%).
Tollgate Brewery also owns The Tap at No.76 in Ashby and The Queens Road Tap in Leicester, as well as The Town Street Tap in Duffield, Derbyshire.
The Milking Parlour is open Wednesday to Saturday 12pm – 9pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm.
Round Corner Brewing, Melton Livestock Market, Melton
Round Corner Brewing launched in December 2018, and is the culmination of a 15 year dream shared by two life-long friends – internationally acclaimed brewer Colin Paige, and accomplished City director, Combie Cryan.
They describe their livestock market base as “a unique opportunity to take beer back to the farm and field and away from the trading estate, thanks to a unique setting and an appreciation for natural, local ingredients.”
Beers produced by Round Corner include Gunmetal (Black Lager) and Steeplechase (Pale ale) Underwater Song (Baltic Porter) and Society for the Encouragement of Virtue (Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout) all of which were among RCB’s medal-winning beers at this year’s European Beer Challenge.
The tap room is currently open Fridays 5pm – 10pm, Saturdays 1pm – 10pm and bank holiday Sundays 2pm – 7pm.
Plus, you can enjoy a delicious Neapolitan pizza from the newly-launched Round Corner Pizza. England’s Euro 2020 matches are also being shown in a designated area.
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Anstey Ale Brewery, Albion Street, Anstey
Established in 2016, Anstey Ale Brewery began as a one-barrel plant brewing a single beer (Packhorse Bridge bitter). It’s since grown and now produces a range of beers including Darkroom oatmeal stout and Nook IPA.
Based above Anstey Ales Brewery is The Mash and Press – a brewery tap and cider house, created in 2018 by Rob Clough of Charnwood Cider and Stuart Slessor of Anstey Ales Brewery.
It is open Tuesday to Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Friday 4pm to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 9pm.
The Grainstore Brewery, Station Approach, Oakham
The largest brewery in the smallest county, The Grainstore was launched in 1995, in a derelict Victorian grain store located next to Oakham Railway Station.
The brew pub serves up some great beers made on-site, including the golden Rutland Osprey and the Steelback IPA.
You can also enjoy food such as sandwiches, homemade burgers, fish and chips, or a Ploughman’s lunch.
You can book a table via the website.
The brewery tap is open Monday to Friday 12pm to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 10pm. It is currently screening the Euros.