A while ago we looked at what breweries and distilleries in the Lake District had to offer and thought it was only fair to give Lancashire a chance to show off its brews, booze, and views. Brewery tours in Lancashire is a great way to discover a local area and sample some tasty tipples along the way while learning about this humble drink. We’ve sourced some of the top picks to try on your next trip to Lancashire.
Please note: Many establishments may have reduced hours or fewer seats or tours available as a result of COVID restrictions so make sure you book ahead of time to avoid disappointment. We recommend phoning ahead to make sure they offer the services or events advertised. You should also book visits, meals and accommodations well in advance and adhere to a site’s social distancing rules.
Old School Brewery
This brewery based out Holly Bank Barn in Warton started out as a hobby for master brewers Ian Walsh and Ren Wallbank in 2012 before growing into an award-winning brewery that supply the public as well as cafes, pubs, and restaurants with their masterful ales. This brewery is light and bright with plenty of seating and events all year round. This is one not to miss on your tour of Lancashire’s breweries.
Brewery Tours in Lancaster
Lancaster Brewery has been around since 2002 growing from a single location to nationwide coverage and several locations. All thanks to the simple ingredients of water, hops, barley, and yeast. This established brewery has countless awards for their brews including CAMRA and SALSA awards making it one of the must-see breweries on any tour of the northwest. Along with events, Lancaster Brewery also offers a tasting tour where you get to see how their ambers, reds, blondes, and stouts come to life and even sample them along the way.
Unsworth’s Yard Brewery
Now, Unsworth’s Yard is technically in Cumbria but we couldn’t not include this little gem. Located in the inviting village of Cartmel, this brewery offers not just beers but a great wine shop, wine snug, tea shop, restaurant, and cheese shop. Unsworth’s Yard is open to the public every day of the week and welcomes guests to stop by, peek at the brewers as they work, ask questions, and of course, sample their fine ales. If you fancy taking some home, stop by their brewery shop before returning to your cosy holiday cottage in Lancashire to unwind and relax with friends.
Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery
Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery was established in 2009 at the Old Station Yard in the village of Kirkby Lonsdale. While they don’t have specific brewery tours on offer, their tap room in The Royal Barn boasts 20 taps along with an impressive array of bottled and canned microbrewery beers. Housed in a stunning stone barn, it is a great place to sample the local flavours and spend time with good company. If it’s a bit too early for beer, The Royal Barn is also home to Kircabi Roasters; a local craft coffee roastery serving up aromatic brews and whole roasted beans.
Cross Bay Brewery
Cross Bay Brewing Co. is a relatively new brewery in Morecambe that prides itself on handcrafted beers. Situated in an industrial estate, it wouldn’t be the first place to look for craft brews. However, adventurous beer tourists will find a real gem in their range of seasonal and permanent cask ales at their Brew House Bar.
These accomplished brewers have tried their hand at everything from single hop IPAs to blonde beers and are well-worth a visit for anyone interested in finding out what it takes to make a successful microbrew.
Bowland Brewery is the home of ‘Ales of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. The team at Bowland are passionate about beer and always keen to take guests on a tour of their amazing brewing process. They offer a variety of packages from a Tour and Tasting session to a Tour, Tasting, and Tucker session which includes a meal. Located in the stunning Holmes Mill, the beers and setting perfectly reflect the amazing natural surrounds of Clitheroe and is well worth adding to your travel itinerary.
Moorhouse’s Brewery Tour
Moorhouse’s Brewery nestled in the shadow of the splendid Pendle Hill is a brewery with heritage going back all the way to 1865. This brewery uses local ingredients to celebrate its amazing surroundings and offers visitors brewery tours accompanied by a beer expert. With a long history of brewing behind them, Moorhouse’s reveals the secrets of how beer has been made since the Victorian era.
Settle in at The Royal
No trip to sample the fine ales of this county is complete without a visit to The Royal. Located in Silverdale, our stunning gastropub is a great place to unwind after a day of exploring the countryside. Here you can sample some incredible beers, tasty food, and even rest your head in one of our comfortable country cottages.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the beers we have on tap or want to book our restaurant or Lancashire holiday cottage for a special occasion please contact us today and we’ll help you plan a hoppy holiday to remember.