About this book
A unique, comprehensive and colourful guide to over 250 breweries, cider mills, vineyards and distilleries across Britain.
“Entertaining and thorough. an essential handbook” Charles Maclean
Recent years have seen a huge increase in the number of these places all over the country not only operating but also welcoming visitors, from small single-man producers working from home to large, world-famous labels, and from well-established brands to the revival of 200-year-old manufacturers that had almost been lost to prosperity. Now, for the first time, they have been gathered together in a single book which celebrates their craftsmanship, pinpoints their locations, describes who they are and what they do, and provides detailed information about how you can visit and sample their wares.
Expert authors Ted Bruning, previously of What’s Brewing magazine, and Rupert Wheeler, previously of Whisky Magazine, focus on places that are normally open during the holiday season, have a visitor centre and shop, and (in most cases) welcome families so you don’t have to leave the kids in the car! Arranged by country, with chapters concentrating on individual counties and regions, no matter where you are you’ll find a brewery, cider mill, distillery or vineyard within reach, many in historic, beautiful or quirky locations, from a brewery in a windmill to a distiller in the operating theatre of a former animal hospital.
About the author
Ted Bruning trained as a reporter on local weekly papers before joining the Morning Advertiser, founded in 1794 by the Society of Licensed Victuallers both to promote the trade’s interests and to help support indigent licensees. After rising to the position of Associate Editor he turned freelance, writing regularly for publications such as the Publican, the Brewers’ Guardian and What’s Brewing (the Campaign for Real Ale monthly membership magazine), as well as undertaking one-off assignments such as editing the quarterly The Cider Press. Later he was Editor of What’s Brewing and wrote London by Pub, a book of historic pub trails that earned him promotional TV slots on Caprice’s Travels and The Thirsty Traveller. He has also written travel features mainly about brewers, distillers, and cider mills in Brittany, Belgium, and Wales for a range of magazines and had a sideline importing bottled beers from Northern France microbreweries. For the last ten years he has been concentrating on books and also, until 2011, driving a beer and cider importer on buying expeditions across Belgium and Northern France. He also works regularly for a licensed trade yearbook, On Trade Preview.
Rupert Wheeler started out working for publishers in the 1970s before becoming self-employed in 1988 undertaking freelance projects for a range of companies including Dorling Kindersley and Cadogan Guides. Since 2002 his company, Posthouse Publishing, has been publishing under its own imprint as well as continuing to produce books for other publishers, including A Return to Real Cooking, The Microbrewers’ Handbook by Ted Bruning, The Wine Producers’ Handbook, The Craft Distillers’ Handbook by Ted Bruning and, more recently, The Bar Owners’ Handbook and The Sustainable Smallholders’ Handbook. Between 2014 and 2017 he was Managing Editor of Whisky Magazine, a role which involved commission all features, participating as a judge in World Whiskies Awards 2014-Present, and visiting distilleries in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland (as well as USA and India). In 2017 he decided on a whim to move to Orkney and now works part time at Highland Park distillery as a tour guide as well as taking tasting events for VIP tours. He continues to run Posthouse Publishing.
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How to use this guide
01 West Country
Isle of Wight
04 Greater London
East & West Sussex
07 East Anglia
Tyne & Wear
Rhondda Cynon Taf
10 Southern Scotland
Dumfries & Galloway
11 Arran, Glasgow & Stirling
12 East Lothian, Edinburgh & Midlothian
Edinburgh & Midlothian
13 East Scotland
Dundee & Angus
Perth and Kinross
14 Aberdeenshire & Moray
15 Argyll & the Isles
Argyll & Bute
16 Highlands & Islands
“Entertaining as well as being thorough, this is an essential handbook for anyone interested in the UK’s hugely varied breweries, distilleries and wineries – so welcome at a time when food and drink tourism is burgeoning” – Charles Maclean, author of Malt Whisky, a Master of the Quaich, and inductee into the Whisky magazine Hall of Fame
“A unique, comprehensive guide for connoisseurs and anyone interested in the art of distilling. incredibly informative” – Devon Life
“An extensive guide book for drinks lovers” – Sunday Post
“An entertaining compendium” – Dundee Courier