This is a tough one to rate, as you’re looking at quite a few points. The museum is amazing, although I may caution against the 2-hour tour if, like me, you’re anxious to hit the town pubs as well. £9.50 is steep but it buys you three 1/3 pints worth of tasting tokens for the Heritage Brewery. The Brewery Tap bar is a bit staid - the dining area looks like a 1980s cafeteria but the bar area is much better - but the Heritage beers are surprisingly tasty. Six handpull casks include Bass, four Heritage beers and one guest. Sharp’s Cornish Pilsner also on keg. The bar staff dealt well with the tour group’s large influx. Food smelled good but I didn’t eat. The shop has a decent but far from amazing selection of UK beers. Do say: ’I think too many fancy beers these days are overhopped. What’s wrong with an old-fashioned pint of English bitter’. Don’t say: ’Doom Bar was so much better before Coors acquired Sharps’...
This is a huge complex. Pull into the car park and you can choose between the museum and shop to your left, or the brewery tap to your right. I was short on time, so I chose the brewery tap fir a quick sandwich and a half of one of their four casks. They also proudly dusplayed a keg of Blue Moon, which the barman described as a craft lager. Wrong on both counts! I then walked through parts of the museum, peeking stealthily at a few displays, on my way to the gift shop. The gift shop on one side has a few bottles in gift packs. Across from it there is a full bottle shop, though selection is small. Beers from the UK, decorative German 750s and some common Belgian stuff. If I had had more time, I would have done the full tour and settled into the taproom, coupons in hand. Had I done that, though, I would have needed a taxi!
SarkyNorthener (132) West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), England | September 1, 2013| Updated April 1, 2014
Will have to rate this on a number of fronts.
Museum - If you are interested in the brewing of beer and its history, this is good. If your not and are just interested in drinking beer you may be bored. Price seemed a bit steep for what it was but when you consider that you get four taster tokens its good.
Bar - Three different casks of their own beer and three guests that you would find in any decent cask pub. Staff were good. Nothing historical about the bar. Outside seating area with kids pay area is good.
Shop - around 50 beers from the UK and around the world. Some very unusual and rare to find in this country and other usual Belgians etc. They were selling bottles for 50p each from an International beer awards tasting that finished the night before. I got some rare beers and came away with a good haul.
Overall I was happy, but then I love beer and brewing. The wife and kids persevered. ...."..................................................................................................................................
Update on beer selection in shop. It is down to a few shelves with a few Belgian selections, Uk beers and a couple of international lagers. Not worth the journey for shop alone at moment. Staff have said they are looking to more stock in but will focus on UK beers. Let’s hope they are decent ones. Will update when it changes.
As a historic destination this is a must for any beer enthusiast who is coming through the area. However this rating is going to focus more on the tap room which has a more industrial modern feel.
At least three Worthington beers will be on at all times. Since your tour ticket gives you four free samples this is a great way to tick them without buying bottles. I was also able to try ’E’ which is supposed to be based on the original recipes for Bass Ale. Beyond that the selection descends towards Coors standards like Carling.
This isn’t a place that I would come just to drink but it is worth a visit. Also be sure to swing into the shop where you might find the occasional gem. Prices may have been a bit high. However given the rarity of certain bottles it is worth your time to at least browse.
Third visit on 10 Apr 2013: Coors have changed ’The Brewery Tap’ since my other visits, but it’s still a pleasant bar to sit in before and after a wander around the excellent Museum (and bottle shop). Not however the sort of bar you’d use as ’a local’, too many people coming and going because of its location as (a detatched) part of the Museum.
6 Different hand-pulls with 3 ’Shields’ on offer at all times: Red, White and the seasonal, Spring on this visit.
Staff were great and friendly, the food very good and plentiful.
Steve Wellington was our host gave us a tour. Aged beers, the Bass No 1, the muesum was great too bad it is closed now. If one was just to do the pub and gift shop I could see SilkTork rating but I had a great time there.
SilkTork (89) Southampton, United Kingdom, England | June 27, 2008
Corporate blandness. 3 casks made in the microbrewery but served by modern chrome pumps to look like keg pumps. Lacks soul, character, the will to live....
Bland as fuck, and then some.