Bristol is brimming with brilliant breweries, as well as some fantastic beer shops and traditional pubs to enjoy a local brew in.

We asked Nathan Hoare, co-founder of The Brewery Bible, to tell us about some of his favourite Bristol beer spots, all of which feature in The Brewery Bible SW Edition, which has been released just in time for Father's Day!

Visit Bristol readers can get 20% off a copy in June by visiting this page and entering the password “FATHERSDAY20”

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Two Belly

These guys offer up two or our most enjoyable gastronomic and gustatory pleasures on earth - beer and cheese, all under one roof! Lara and Dom do an amazing job of sourcing and presenting the regions finest brews, which they carefully match with the perfect cheese.

Here’s one of our favourite pairings on offer - Lost & Grounded Keller Pils (Pilsner) with Sinodun Hill Goat's cheese (raw goat's milk). Keller Pils is bready and crisp with an herbaceous hop finish. Sinodun Hill has a mousse-like curd with a fruity rich rind and the lightness of the beer matches well with the light texture of the cheese, its bready notes accentuating the fruitiness of the cheese with the crisp carbonation cutting through the richness.

Lost and Grounded

Fierce & Noble

One of Bristol’s newest breweries, having only opened their doors in 2017. The brewery makes a core range that includes a Session IPA, American Pale Ale, West Coast IPA and a Black IPA.

Based in the heart of St Werburghs in Bristol, Fierce and Noble also has a welcoming and cosy tap room that has the air of an old pub, seemingly rooted to the spot for decades — there is oak parquet flooring, antique tiles, a reclaimed bar and brass backing plate behind the beer taps, but the building, which is painted in striking red and purple livery, used to be Bristol Council's traffic storage depot. Imagination, creativity, experimentation: you could say that Fierce and Noble have it all.

Fierce and Noble brewery

Butcombe Brewing Co

Butcombe Brewing Co (once Butcombe Brewery) is a stalwart of the Bristol brewing scene. Founded in 1978, it has ever since raised the standards for Westcountry micro-brewing on its path to one of the biggest producers of beer in the South West.

Their flagship beer “Original” still remains a popular pint across the region, a persuasive pint that refreshes and ennobles the palate. It has now been joined by an appetising selection of newer beers, such as Goram and Bohemia Pilsner, the brewery’s magnificent take on Czech pale lager. Blackbeard Stout is named after the world’s most famous pirate who used to drink in one of their pubs, The Hatchet, in central Bristol. It’s velvety, dark and rich with notes of coffee and dark chocolate aromas.

Look out for their little beer bike cycling around the centre of Bristol!

Butcombe Blackbeard Stout

The Green Man

The Green Man is a bustling, lively community pub with plenty of wood panelling and well-worn wooden floors, while at the bar you can choose from six cask beers and a selection of keg, while those with a penchant for the botanical can go for gin, of which there are nearly 100 different varieties.

The Grade II listed Green Man is an atmospheric masterpiece of a pub, with such a powerful sense of its own comfort and joy that it almost feels like a country pub has been magically transported into the heart of Kingsdown. It’s the fifth pub to be bought by Dawkins Ales (an awesome Bristol brewery), it serves excellent food including big-flavoured burgers during the week and a widely-lauded Sunday Roast for which booking is essential.

The Green Man street party

Coffee + Beer

Coffee + Beer as the name suggests deals with two of the most popular drinks in the UK at the moment, and is a place where you can buy speciality coffee or craft beer, while also sampling them before you make your choice.

As founder Dan Williams says, ‘there are not many places where you can find top quality specialty coffee and craft beer under one roof. We want to be a friendly, approachable and an engaging bottle shop that offers both quality and value for money.’

We think they manage to do just that so if you’re in need of a stimulant then pop in!

About the author

Nathan is co-founder of The Brewery Bible and a Partner at Altum Media. The Brewery Bible is a brand new website and series of regional guides, with one mission, to get more people drinking great local beer. 

The SW Edition which launched in May is the first in the series and contains information on over 200 South West breweries, venues and stockists, including in-depth details from a selection of places and spaces where beer is brewed, sold or drunk.

Want to know about matching cheese and beer, how malt is crucial to your pint, where cuckoo brewers brew or who’s foraging for their beer? It's all in there!

Coffee and Beer Bristol

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