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BrewDog, Bristol

Posted on 29. Oct, 2012 by in Pubs

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BrewDog, Bristol

BrewDog are quickly expanding across the whole of the UK with 8 bars in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham and London. The Bristol bar is their ninth and is the furthest south-west that the Scottish brewery has ventured.

Location and Interior

Located in an old sandwich shop on the corner of Baldwin Street in the centre of Bristol, the bar covers a single floor and is smaller than some of the other BrewDog bars such as BrewDog Manchester. With Fullers’ Old Fishmarket across the road along with numerous other pubs in surrounding streets, the pub is ideally located and is around a 10 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads station.

Like all other BrewDog bars, the interior is stripped back to bare brick walls and a brick bar along with basic furniture, minimal stone tables and a handful of more private booths.

Due to it’s size, the bar doesn’t have a kitchen but offers meat and cheese plates, cured sausages and olives. All food is sourced locally and the three cheese and two meat platter for £7 is certainly filling.

A common theme for all BrewDog bars is to have knowledgeable staff and they do try to help customers as often as possible either by offering samples or recommending particular styles. With many people not having a clue what a bramble-infused double IPA is, they are helping educating customers and encouraging them to try beers they may never thought of trying.

The Beer

8 Brewdog beers are always available on tap and include their core beers of Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club, 77 Lager, 5am Saint and Hardcore IPA. Other beers that will feature will be some of their limited edition brews such as their Abstrakt series. When I visited on the opening weekend Hello My Name is Beastie, a delicious 8% double IPA brewed with Scottish brambles, and Dog A, an imperial stout made with pure cacao, coffee and naga chilli, featured. Dog A was delivered by rowing boat on the opening night by BrewDog co-founder James Watt.

In addition, there are three guest beers and a cider. The guest beers on the opening night were Fresh from the new Bristol-based Wild Beer Co., Shakespeare Stout from Rogue and Mikkeller’s Weizenbock. The bottle selection is extensive and features some more unusual beers from the UK, USA, Europe and Japan.

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Venue Location

BrewDog Bristol

58 Baldwin Street



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Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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