National Brewery Centre | Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire
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National Brewery Centre
Good based on 11 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

Horninglow Street
Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire England DE14 1NG [ print map ]
01283 532 880

Hours: 7 DAYS, 10am-6pm / (;;LAST MUSEUM Entry IS 4PM);;

Mayor: SarkyNorthener (2) | Taps: 6 - 10 | Bottles: many

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Shiny Uncle Funkel , Burton Bridge Draught Burton Ale , Great Heck Black Jesus 95, Bad Seed Hefeweizen 80
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11 reviews for National Brewery Centre
 Ambiance  71%
 Service  72%
 Selection  60%
 Food  76%
 Value  75%
 Overall  70%
 Rating  73%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (2123) Washington, Washington DC | September 28, 2015
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!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener  (123) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier  (291) Clevelandish, Ohio | May 31, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock  (437) , England | April 11, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham  (562) Halden, Norway | March 31, 2013
Nice place on historical ground. Nice real ales as well. When we were ther they had an extreme high amount of different bottles in the brewery shop. Due to an beer festival the week before.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
lada66  (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 25, 2012
Good food and good ales from Worthington Brewery (31.8.2012).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
goozen  (112) Leiden, Netherlands | August 12, 2012
Nice to end in the "Tap Room" after great stroll trough the brewery museum.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
Hoser  (175) Cowtown, Alberta | October 1, 2008
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  (88) 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.
berkshirejohn  (195) Bracknell, England | April 30, 2008
Unfortunately it seems that the Visitor Centre and Mueseum will be closing shortly (see the news story at ). I’ve been to the museum on several occasions, and it has never failed to enthrall and inform. This time I just had time for a quick glance at the vintage vehicles and shire horses, and a pint in the Brewery Tap. The bar is very modern looking, but besides the corporate Coors brands there are still a few of the traditionally brewed ales available. Long may they continue.

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