If you are a lover of real ale and craft beers you have come to the right place. Here in Lincolnshire we have a wonderful selection of micro-breweries.
Batemans is of course the biggest and most famous. Based in Wainfleet near Skegness it is possible to go on a guided tour with a pint to finish off with at the end. They still own a lot of pubs in Lincolnshire and their slogan “Good Honest Ales” is well known all over the county.
Once a month there is a “Music train” which heads off from Sleaford to Wainfleet with a different band on board every month. You get an hour and a half at Batemans trying out their various beers then you head back on the train to whatever station you came from. A benefit of getting off at Boston is that the Eagle pub is just across the road and always has a great selection of guest beers to try.
Another great local brewery is the 8 Sail brewery at Heckington windmill. The unique eight-sailed windmill is the sole survivor of only seven of the type ever built in Britain. Tony Pygott set up a six-barrel brewery in the grain store adjacent to the mill in 2010. Having built up a distribution network, 8-Sail Brewery cask and bottled conditioned beers can be found in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and further afield. The onsite Visitors Centre and Brewery Shop stocks a selection of bottle-conditioned beers from 8 Sail Brewery and other Lincolnshire Brewers and also a small selection of Lincolnshire ciders.
Other Lincolnshire micro-breweries include Newby Wyke, Olderhaws and Brewsters near Grantham. The F.A.B micro-brewery near Fiskerton, Horncastle Ales at Old Nicks Tavern in Horncastle and the Firehouse Brewery in Louth. All have interesting stories to tell and a great selection of beers.
If you visit Lincoln it has its own Ale Trail which you can find out more about on www.visitlincoln.com or you can pick up a leaflet in the Tourist office.