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!



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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

The Dog celebrates with Wild Weather

Landlord John McLaughlin

This coming weekend marks the third anniversary of the reopening of The Dog on Lichfield Street. The pub won Burton & South Derbyshire CAMRA Pub of the Year in both 2017 and 2018 are holding a birthday beer festival which runs from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 May, where drinkers can sample 35 real ales, craft ales and ciders.

“This will be our sixth beer festival, we do two a year,” says Landlord John McLaughlin. “This year I am partnering up with Wild Weather from Reading, they are the brewery that I’ve featured here the most, apart from Thornbridge who have a permanent tap on. They do great beers; they’ve only been going a couple of years themselves.”

The festival kicks off in style on Thursday: “We’ve got the owner and the Head Brewer coming down to do a ‘Meet the Brewer’,” says John excitedly. “We’ve got some local bands playing, barbeque , meat raffle, games … it’s more of a social one for the staff, it’s hard work at a beer festival but we can all let our hair down and have a laugh and enjoy the job.”

The only ever cask of End of Level Boss

Wild Weather are bringing an array of beers that cover all different styles: “We’ve got eight casks and six kegs, everything from a normal 4.2% English Pale Ale, an 8% Imperial Russian Stout, a mango and lime milkshake IPA, a rosemary and lemon sour and a dry hopped sour using Simcoe which is one of my favourite hops.”

John is also able to boast an exclusive: “I’ve got the only cask they have ever done of End of Level Boss which is a 9.2% Double IPA, it’s not even a full cask, it’s just a pin. I often get the stronger beers on the keg lines, but it is nice to get them on cask; I imagine that will go quickly. At the last festival we had another Double IPA on cask and that was the first to go. We only sell it in thirds as it gets a bit silly people ordering pints of a 9.2% beer.”

Come down and join John and his hard working staff this coming weekend: “It’s going to be absolutely fantastic; I can’t wait to drink a lot of their beers!”



3rd Birthday Festival at The Dog

Voted CAMRA pub of the year for the last two years, The Dog on Lichfield Street are hosting their 3rd Birthday Beer Festival between 17 & 20 May. With plenty of beers and ciders to chose from, it promises to be well worth popping in. There is a Meet The Brewer session with Wild Weather Ales from Reading.

More details when we get them. @TheDogBurton