the life and (drinking) times of phil chambers

Monday, 8 September 2008

Qype: Three Tuns Brewery in Bishops Castle

Bishops Castle - Arts & Entertainment - Day Trips - Food & Drink - Wine, Beer & Spirits

Had a great day out today fulfilling my yearning for some serious real ale action after months of life in Germany. To that end, I visited one of the UK's oldest independent breweries, Three Tuns. I'm not sure how old the existing building is, but it's a gorgeous red brick affair that was threatened with residential development in 2002. Fortunately, common sense won out and the brewery began producing again in 2003.

The current output can only be described as fantastic. I drank Three Tuns all over mid-Shropshire today, and each pint was magical. From the first extremely hoppy XXX, to the pint of Stirling after lunch in the adjacent Three Tuns Inn, to the pint of Curate straight from the barrel. I ended up going home a happy man carrying 12 pints of the amber nectar with me.

Unfortunately, brewery tours have to be booked in advance, and it's best to arrange for a Saturday. I shall do just that!

Check out my review of Three Tuns Brewery - I am filchambers - on Qype


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