There’s never been a better time to enjoy a flight – of beers that is! Yes, travel is tricky at the moment, with quarantines being instituted at the drop of a pint glass. But, well, frankly it’s 2020 and pretty much everyone needs a drink. If you’ve been swilling beer in bed for the past six months, you might be looking for a change of scenery.

The good news is that now’s a great time to get out and turn a sampler paddle into a long weekend away. Luckily for beer-loving travellers, our long history of growing hops and brewing fine beverages with them makes the UK a beer destination in its own right. Here’s where to go for a British getaway on the ales this autumn.

Knoydart Peninsula, Scotland

Soak up the scenery while getting sozzled on the Knoydart Peninsula in Scotland(istock)

When you’re not supping a pint, there are wild walks up the fells and at night, the starriest skies thanks to almost zero light pollution in the area. This is an extremely remote location, so plan for a longer stay and bear in mind the season generally runs through October.

Where to stay

Knoydart River Cottage has three rooms with private outdoor space overlooking Highland peaks and Loch Nevis, as well as a luxury studio apartment with a wood burning stove and kitchen. Cottage stays from £250 per night including breakfast supplies; £89 per night for the studio as a double.

East Midlands, England

Concocting the perfect brew at Grainstore Brewery(Grainstore Brewery)

Where to stay

A 10-minute walk from the Grainstore up Oakham’s high street, the Wisteria Hotel serves Grainstore beer in the the lobby bar, a Grade II-listed former hunting lodge dating to 1604. The hotel completed a massive refurbishment the day before lockdown; modern super-king and twin rooms run from £80 per night.

Thanet, Kent, England

Explore the Ramsgate Brewery’s tasting room(Ramsgate Brewery)

Where to stay

Gaze at the stars after a tipple or two at Brightwater Farm(ArtBrew/Ali Palmer)

Holsworthy, Devon, England

Sunset at Widemouth Bay in Devon, just a 20-minute drive away from Holsworthy(istock)

Where to stay

ArtBrew is located at Brightwater Farm, a petite campsite with amazing stargazing at night. It accommodates a few small caravans and around 10 tent pitches. There are some electric hook-ups, and a small, heated shower block. The nearest shop is a mile away in neighbouring village Bradworthy, or it’s a 10-minute drive to Holsworthy. Prices start at £10 per night per pitch and £15 per night for campervans. To book, email Ant on [email protected]

Wye Valley, Monmouthshire, Wales

Tintern Abbey in Wales(istock)

Where to stay

In a meadow just outside Tintern, the Hop Garden offers self-catering, boutique cabins and cosy glamping huts adjacent to the Kingstone Brewery. The brewery shop is open for guests to stock up on bottles, and they run a pizza-and-ale taproom on the first Saturday of the month. Prices from £75 per night for huts and £95 per night for cabins.

The Chilterns, England

Let someone else do the driving with Chiltern Trike Tours(Chiltern Trike Tours)

Where to stay

Enjoy a cooked breakfast with produce grown out back at Chadwill Hill Farm(Chadwill Hill Farm)

Cropton, North Yorkshire, England

Sheep on Spaunton Moor in the North York Moors(istock)

Where to stay

The New Inn houses a traditional inn with nine modern, ensuite rooms from £85 per night for a double/twin, including a cooked breakfast. There is also a campsite, with rates at £6 per person per night. Campers can add on the hearty Yorkshire breakfast for £7.50 per person.

Hackney, East London, England

Street art in Hackney(istock)

London is the place to be now, as the city is nearly free from visitors and has settled into a lovely, quieter pace of life. While the breweries along the Bermondsey Beer Mile are open, if you’ve already been there head instead to Hackney, where a cluster of breweries and craft beer pubs have created a new hub of beer in London.

Where to stay

Just up Stoke Newington Church Street from the Jolly Butchers, the Rose & Crown is a pub-hotel with refurbished rooms that retain characterful features. Standard doubles start at £132 per night, including continental breakfast.

Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria

Sunrise on Lake Windermere in the Lake District(istock)

Where to stay

The Watermill Inn has eight modern, dog-friendly, ensuite rooms located above the Windermere Brewery pub. Doubles start from £89, B&B.

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