The Away Fan’s Guide to Real Ale in Burton upon Trent (Part Two)

Burton upon Trent was once the Brewing Capital of the World, producing more beer than London. Since 1708 there have been over 100 breweries in the town, although now this number stands at eight; Marston’s, Coors, Burton Bridge, Tower, Old Cottage, Heritage Brewing Company, Burton Town and Gates.

The town has a surprisingly high number of excellent pubs, many serving locally brewed ales and is the perfect place to explore prior to a game; so whether this is your first ever visit to Burton Albion or you’ve been before, there’s a lot to see and drink. The following guide in split into two parts (see the rest here) and lists the pubs from the closest to the furthest away from the Pirelli Stadium.

Enjoy your time in Burton, cheers!

 

DEVONSHIRE ARMS

Where? Station Street

Distance to ground? 1.5 miles / 30 minute walk

A few hundred yards further down Station Street from The Last Heretic you’ll find Burton Bridge Brewery’s Devonshire Arms. Previously this was run by Ind Coope and it was once run by long gone brewers James Eadie (check out the old photograph on the wall).

Real Ale? Always six Burton Bridge ales on rotation and one guest. The new Landlord will be alternating Golden Delicious with Sovereign Gold and Damson Porter with Bramble Stout. One of the few places to sell Draught Burton Ale.

Food? Snacks and pork pies.

 

THE COOPERS TAVERN

Where? Cross Street

Distance to ground? 1.5 miles / 31 minute walk

Beautiful pub situated on Cross Street which is just off Station Street. This was a Bass house for years and was originally used to store Bass Russian Imperial Stout. After being run by Kimberley Ales, it is now a Joules pub. Recently refurbished in keeping with the pub’s unique character and there is a new beer garden too.

Real Ale? The Coopers have famously served Draught Bass straight from the cask for years. There are also three Joules ales on, Slumbering Monk, either the Blonde or the Pale and a craft keg. An extensive range of guests from the likes of Bristol Beer Factory, Nene Valley, Sarah Hughes, Thornbridge, Dancing Duck and Arbor.

Food? Cheese boards, pork pies, scotch eggs and sausage rolls.

 

THE BREWERY TAP

Where? Horninglow Street

Distance to ground? 1.0 miles / 20 minute walk

Sited in the grounds of the National Brewery Centre, as you might expect the walls are full of brewery memorabilia. Lovely beer garden at the front.

Real Ales? The Heritage Brewing Co. brews on site and there are always five of their beers on sale along with a local guest.

Food? Sunday carvery and an excellent range of bar food and meals. If you show your ticket they will offer you a discount.

 

BURTON BRIDGE INN

Where? Bridge Street

Distance to ground? 1.1 miles / 21 minute walk

This is the brewery tap for Burton Bridge Brewery which is located just behind the pub. This was once a Bass house called the Fox & Goose (check the sign out). A delightful friendly place that has won a lot of awards over the years.

Real Ale? Six Burton Bridge Ales are always on, with another as a guest.

Food? Pork pies, cobs and scotch eggs.

 

THE FUGGLE & NUGGET

Where? High Street

Distance to ground? 1.1 miles / 23 minute walk

Micropub that opens Tuesday to Saturday, sits opposite what was once the hub of Burton’s brewing industry, High Street being home to Burton Brewery Co., Salt’s, Allsopp’s, Bass and Worthington.

Real ale? Always three or four ales on, excellent choice of real ciders.

Food? Pork pies and crisps.

 

THE CROSSING

Where? High Street

Distance to ground? 1.3 miles / 26 minute walk

An Enterprise gastropub. The building was known as The Blue Posts for years, the new name references the Worthington Brewery railway crossing gate that was once next door. Beer garden to rear.

Real Ale? Five core ales: Oakham Citra, Dancing Duck Ay Up, Bass, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Doombar, also have two guest ales.

Food? A wide and varied menu, if you fancy a proper meal this is the place to go to.

 

THE DOG

Where? Lichfield Street

Distance to ground? 1.5 miles / 31 minute walk

A Black Country Ales pub that boasts the widest selection of beer in the town. Local CAMRA pub of the year for the last two years and although it is the furthest pub from the ground, it is well worth the extra effort. One of the few places in town where cask and craft ale co-exist in harmony.

Real Ale? Eleven handpulls, always three from Black Country Ales and Draught Bass, the rest are guests. Since opening in May 2015 they’ve had over 1800 different beers on. Real ciders always available and remember to visit Craft Corner.

Food? The usual pub snacks.

Part One

Burton Bridge Beer & Cider List

The beer and cider list have just been released for next weekend’s Beer Festival with Bangers that runs at Burton Bridge Inn from Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 May. Don’t forget that there will also be wooden barrel aged and dry-hopped Old Expensive and Stairway To Heaven on sale, but supplies are very limited!

 

REAL ALES

Foundation stone 4.5% – Lymestone

Beyond Reasonable Stout 6% – Scribblers

Waymans milk stout 5.4% – Peakstones

Gottle of Geer 4.2% – Church End

Golden glow 4.4% – Holden’s

Surprise 5% – Sarah Hughes

Big Red 4% – Osset

Ghost rat 4.2% – Osset

Islander 4% – Kelham island

Cwtch 4.6% – Tiny Rebe

Fubar 4.4% – Tiny Rebel

Sapphire blonde 4% – Gemstone

1050 5% – Grainstore

Choc Orange Odyssey 4% – Springhead

Salem Porter 4.7% – Batemans

Mandarina Bavaria 4% – Oakham

Citra 3.9% – Crouch vale

Yorkshire terrier 4.2% – York

Atlantic Hop 4% – Merrie City

Reservoir 4.6% – Gates

Lord Marple 4% – Thornbridge

Western APA 4.3% – Slaters

Rapture 4.6% – Magic Rock

Dark arts 6% – Magic Rock

Song Bird 4.2% – Castle Rock

Trinovers Gold 4.3% -Colchester

Chinook 4.2% – Clark’s

Double mash 4.6% – Derby

Gold Rush 5% – Elephant school

 

CIDERS

Mango 4% – Lilleys

Loubi Lou 4% – Abrahalls

Crooked branch 5% – Once upon a tree

Very Perry 5.1% – Snailsbank

Nice pear 5% – Scrumpy wasp

Painted lady 5% – Barbourne.

Burton Bridge Inn has wood!

Burton Bridge Inn have released more details about what to expect at their forthcoming Beer & Bangers Festival on 10 to 12 May.

The sausage flavours are: Farmhouse, Spanish, Smoky BBQ, Black Pudding and Cumberland Ring.

Beer wise although the list has yet to be made public, there are two very special treats lined up. Old Expensive and Stairway to Heaven are to be made available from wooden barrels. One will be opened on the Friday and the other on the Saturday. Both ales have been barrel aged and dry-hopped. Can’t wait!

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