Bury St Edmunds’ brewers Greene King and the Southwold-based Adnams are two of 340 breweries cider mills, vineyards and distilleries across Britain which are featured in a new unique, comprehensive and colourful guide.
“Britain in a Bottle – a visitor’s guide” has been compiled by Ted Bruning and Rupert Wheeler, two experts in the drinks business.
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, from well-established brands to the revival of 200-year-old manufacturers which 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.
Wherever you go in Britain, you’re never far from a working brewery, distillery, vineyard or cider mill that would welcome your visit.
The more you know about your favourite drink, the more pleasure it gives you. In this full-colour compendium the authors focus on places that are normally open during the holiday season, have a visitor centre and shop, and 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 distillery in the operating theatre of a former animal hospital.
Whatever your tipple, this is a book for anyone interested in the noble art of distilling, no matter your level of knowledge or expertise, from the simply curious to the general enthusiast or seasoned connoisseur.
“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,” said Charles MacLean, author of Malt Whisky, a Master of the Quaich, and inductee into the Whisky magazine Hall of Fame.