With one bank holiday down, we can’t wait for the next ones to come, including the bank holiday weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Adding to the bank holiday excitement is a brand new event for beer lovers, Bedminster Beer Trail, enticing Bristolians to head ‘South of the river’ and get a taste for the incredible scene that BS3 has to offer and satisfy their taste buds.
During the four day nationwide break (June 2-5), in the heart of Bedminster, beer enthusiasts will be able to follow a map of 12 venues across North and East Street and sample each venue’s specialty beer, selected specially for the celebration, and get a stamp to mark off each venue. In true Jubilee spirit, each venue will be hosting something special and out of the ordinary to really mark the occasion. From outdoor bars to barbeques, you’ll have to head to each venue to experience them all.
Emily Penney, co-owner of Alpha Bottle Shop, said: “We’re incredibly proud of the beer community we have here in Bedminster and we want the rest of Bristol to know just how amazing it is which is why we had the idea to bring a beer trail to BS3. There’s so many independent venues, highlighting the best of what beer has to offer.”
On the trail, which is supported by Bedminster BID, you will find Alpha Bottle Shop and Tap, On-Point Brewing, The Coronation, The Steam Crane, North Street Standard, The Old Bookshop, KASK, The Spotted Cow, The Hen & Chicken, The Malago, Tobacco Factory and the Bristol Beer Factory Tap Room.
As well as being able to sample your favourite beers from these independent pubs, bars and breweries – each of these brilliant venues will come together on May 9 at the Bristol Beer Factory, to create an exclusive festival beer called ‘South of the River’. The special beer will be available at each venue over the bank-holiday weekend, including a number of fringe venues like Corks of North Street and Bristol Loaf where you can grab the festival brew in cans to take-away and enjoy at home.
Tom Clermont from Bristol Beer Factory, said: “The idea of creating a beer that was unique to Bedminster and exclusive to the beer trail was something we collectively wanted to do. Getting everyone involved in the brewing process, adding in hops and giving it a good stir just really connects each venue to the trail.”
With four days, 12 venues and 100s of different beers on offer, you can expect to see barrel swaps between breweries and beers that have never been poured. If beer is your thing, you’re definitely going to want to come along and bask in the brilliance of Bedminster’s beer scene. Plus, anyone who completes the trail can hand in their stamped map to the Bristol Beer Factory Tap Room and get rewarded with a can of South of the River, which will be available exclusively over the event weekend and a 10% discount across draught beer for the rest of the month at participating venues.
The Bedminster Beer Trail map will be available to download and anyone unable to attend the Jubilee Weekend is welcomed to take on the trail at any time. The beers available might not be the same, but they’re guaranteed to be equally delicious.