8 Brilliant Craft Beer Bars in Glasgow October/November 2015
Glasgow’s micro brewery industry is booming, people are turning away from the average dull pint of lager or heavy. In this crazy modern age, the masses want flavour dammit, insane wonderful flavour.
That’s one thing the hipsters got right. Without their awkward determination to defy normal convention. The craft beer industry wouldn’t have taken off. Thumbs up hipsters.
Anyway here are 8 Brilliant Craft Beer Bars in Glasgow.
DryGate have done exceptionally well, in their ability to surf the current craft beer wave of popularity. Nitpickers complain that due to the strength of brand shadowing them (Tennent’s Brewery) there would have been a very slim possibility that their craft beer enterprise would fail. Compliments to DryGate though, they have kept the Tennent’s connection pretty elusive and have instead relied on the quality of their product. Brewed on site as well.
Blackfriars, Bell Street
Proclaiming to have the biggest selection of craft beer and ales in Glasgow, Blackfriars will even provide you with a drink straight from cask to your lips (via pint glass of course.) The double award winning bar of the year, only supplies from the highest of quality breweries such as Tempest and Dark Star etc. Highly recommended.
Clockwork Beer Co, Cathcart Road
A Southside micro brewery? Count us in. Clockwork Beer Co on Cathcart Road is the very epitome of hidden gem. Opened since 1998 (pre craft beer revolution) Clockwork has been quietly going about its business for nearly 20 years. If you’re looking for a craft beer in the Southside, look no further. Beer brewed on site as well.
Inn Deep, Great Western Road
Three years in and InnDeep is as popular as ever. Providing the West End with a spectacular selection of craft beers, the Great Western Road pub looks directly onto the River Kelvin which gives Inn Deep one of the most unique city views to drink your craft beer.
Beer Cafe, Merchant Square
The Merchant City is probably not the first place in Glasgow that springs to mind when you mention craft beer but with 90 beers on their menu from around the world. Beer Cafe in the Merchant Square is a beer lovers dream.
Munro’s, Great Western Road
One of the newest on our craft beer list but nevertheless a fine addition to Glasgow’s craft beer industry. Munro’s underwent a £400,000 makeover before opening and quickly became a firm favourite with craft beer aficionados in Glasgow. With a craft beer menu in regular rotation, you can be guaranteed to find either a beer you’ve tried and loved or instead try something new and exciting.
West Bar, Templeton on the Green
An icon within the Glasgow micro brewing industry, transforming a dilapidated Victorian carpet factory into a viable brewery/pub was not without its pitfalls. (As recent as 2008 West went into administration.) However they have since bounced back and are now tasting incredible success. Winning multiple brewery and flavour awards across Europe, West follow the strict 1516 Reinheitsgebot, the ancient German Purity Law allowing only certain ingredients. As a result of their brewing technique they are now respected as one of the finest breweries of craft beer in Europe. Their product can be found in bars and nightclubs across Britain. All West products brewed on site.
BrewDog, Finnieston/Merchant City
The undeniable leaders of the revolution. BrewDog are to the independent brewing industry what Che Guevara and Fidel Castro where to the people of Cuba.
Craft Beer reinvented. The PR champions have reformed an ailing, ageing industry into the hippest, coolest rollercoaster ride since Budweiser proclaimed themselves King of Beer. Regularly making headlines for their outrageous antics. (They rode down a London street in a military tank) The craft beer they produce is arguably the finest on the market. BrewDog are also responsible for producing the most potent craft beer in UK history…Tokyo.
With their Glasgow premises located in Finnieston, (the highly desirable West End area.) and another premises opening in Merchant City within days .Why don’t you ensure a BrewDog bar is the first stop on your next big night out.