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“We made the pilgrimage at the weekend for VF's Christmas bash, braving some biblical weather in the process. Situated on an industrial estate on the edge of Lymington although we got the train in to New Milton and then got taxis (£12-£15 generally). The brewery had put on a great range of their own beers, all strengths & styes. It was cosy inside with shutter down. Lovely place, lovely people and some fine beers too“
Cheeseboard 305 days ago
“We visited here on Saturday 11th March 2017, we were staying at a little CL campsite Home Fields, just 3/4 mile away along the road. The Brewery and Taproom is located about 2.5 miles out of town at Gordleton Business Park. The railway stations of Brockenhurst, Sway and Lymington are about 5 miles, 2 miles and 2.5 miles away respectively and there is a bus stop outside the Wheel Inn which is just next to the Industrial Estate the X2 bus runs between Lymington and Sway railway station but the 777 may be the quickest option from Lymington (double check google maps before setting out). There is plenty of parking available here and access is flat for wheelchair users.

It was a lovely day so the shutter at the front of the brewery was wide open, the bar is immediately ahead on the RH wall as you enter the brewery. There is a toilet off to the LH side and the brewing kit is all along the LH side stretching back into the building. It looks quite busy with equipment and Vibrant Forest look like they are bursting at the seams with the amount of stuff crammed in here, any spare space is also given over to various barrel ageing projects, with stouts in bourbon, Islay and rum casks. Furnishing is simple with reconfigured pallets cleverley utilised as tables and seating.

We stood at the bar chatting to the young chap whose birthday it was today, he was 21 as well!, he was an absolute gem, so polite, friendly, smiling, passionate and knowledgeable, in fact he was an absolute credit to the brewery, I believe it was Kevin (the brewers) nephew. We chatted to him and then a bunch of girls came here it was one of their birthdays, a chap from Brockenhurst who was a home brewer and others, it was quite a hive of activity.

We had a Necropolis which was the 8% Black IPA as well as an Outlander an APA as I recall, we then had a couple of further halves, I think that I had a Kick Start and we had another but forgot what that was called. It really is a lovely set up and of all of the breweries that I have been to that are based on an Industrial Estate this is definitely one of my favourites. Loved it here and my only niggle was that I would have liked it to have still been open when we were cycling back past here later in the day.“
Fin 949 days ago
58 /100
Wheel Inn (Bar)
“Freehouse just outside the New Forest area. It does have a bit of a run down feel to it. Large 2 roomed pub, quiet inside, aparantly they do Thai food, but non in evidence on my visit. Interesting beer range, which was the purpose of my visit and the third of my New Forest cycle ride.“
imdownthepub 1536 days ago
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Vibrant Forest Bourbon Oktober