Breweries and Micro Breweries in Devon
Visiting a Devon vineyard, brewery or distillery is a great idea for a day out. Whether you’re a connoisseur looking for exciting new flavours, a keen home brewer looking for tips, a lover of wine, beer, cider or gin looking for a fun day with friends, there are artisan vineyards, breweries and distilleries all over Devon that welcome visitors.
It’s a popular thing to do, and for good reason; Devon's as well-known for its excellent and award-winning cider, beer, wine and spirits as it is for its food!
In recent years, breweries and micro breweries have been popping up all over the place and Devon is no exception. Visiting a brewery or a micro brewery for the day is a great way of sampling the best locally brewed drinks, from beers to ales to the West Country staple, cider.
Not only do you get to buy and taste the very best in local flavours, but you’ll also get the chance to see how your favourite tipples are made.
Of course, to start with, there’s our wonderful cider – and beer, of course. Famous worldwide for this most traditional of drinks, Devon excels in producing cider for all tastes, whether you prefer flat, strong scrumpy, or something lighter with a little fizz.
Because of the climate, Devon has the ideal apple growing conditions, so you know that a West Country cider is the very best!
For those of you that like your craft beers, visiting a micro-brewery is the best way to stay on top of this ever changing industry. Plus brewery tours are a great way to spend time with friends and is a fun alternative activity for stag and hen dos. Many of the breweries in Devon give you the opportunity to try and create your own beers, ales and ciders from ingredients made in the county, so don’t forget to bring a bottle home for everyone to test!
Devon’s Vineyards and Wineries
It isn’t all about the beers and ciders, the wine made in Devon is pretty special too - we've vineyards dotted all over producing excellent wines (including red, rosé and sparkling), some of which have won awards. Many of Devon’s vineyards and wineries offer tours, some self-guided and some with expert guides. Of course, after this guests always want to try the wines … tasters will be on offer, and a few offer lovely lunches and snacks too. A visit to a Devon vineyard can be a full day’s experience and is well worth looking into.
It might seem like gin is having a bit of resurgence, but many of Devon’s distilleries are some of the oldest in the UK. The distilleries in Devon produce a wide range of spirits, with gin and whisky being especially popular, the one thing they all have in common is the quality of the botanicals they use to flavour their produce, it really is some of the best in the country and depending on which distillery you visit, you’ll find flavours straight from the coast or the countryside.
Many of the distilleries in the county have restaurants or cafes attached to them, so you can make sure you fill up and line your stomach before sampling all the spirits on offer!
Build a day out around a great Devon tipple
It's a great way to spend a day, find out more about food tours, breweries and vineyard tours here, or for more details about the best places to eat and drink, including those with local drinks available, click here and of course, for more information about Devon’s gin you can find all the details here.