Six Nottingham breweries to visit if you fancy a local pint

Nottingham is home to a host of breweries that make delicious local craft beers and ales.
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While many of Nottingham’s local brews are available at a range of pubs and bars around the East Midlands and beyond, there is nothing like sitting down for a pint where the beer gets made.

We have rounded up some of the best breweries that have their own pubs attached for when you want to pop in for a drink.

1. Neon Raptor

Neon Raptor has a brewery and taproom in Sneinton Market, and can also be frequently found attending beer festivals. They create a range of beers from a range of their favourites to more experimental, one-off brews.

In accordance with their name, Neon Raptor uses a lot of dinosaur and retro gaming imagery and references in their drinks. Some of their more unique beers include Rapt-o’s, a marshmallow crunch cereal double stout, Clusters, a peanut butter and chocolate stout, and Kong Island

2. Black Iris

Black Iris Brewery, on Shipstone Street, has been operating since 2011 and has a bottleshop and taproom serving its own brews like the cherry kettle sour, Cherry King, or the tropical East Mids Pale Ale.

Since the brewery takes up the space indoors, the taproom is entirely outside though most tables are sheltered and have heaters for when it is colder out. The taproom is dog-friendly and serves vegan and vegetarian snacks.

3. Nottingham Brewery

Nottingham Brewery is a historic ten barrel plant formerly installed in a Firkin pub in Romford. Now located behind the Plough Inn in Radford, you can visit the pub to sample some of the beers brewed on site.

The Plough Inn, on St Peter’s Street, serves home brews including Extra Pale Ale, a light coloured smooth ale, and Legend, a traditional amber session ale. According to patrons, the pub itself has a great and welcoming atmosphere that makes it great to visit for a pint.

4. Brewhouse and Kitchen

Brewhouse and Kitchen, on Trent Bridge, is part of a chain of brewpubs across the UK serving freshly brewed, local craft beers. The pub serves a range of beers alongside a varied food menu.

With a microbrewery situated in the heart of the pub, Brewhouse and Kitchen serves a range of their own beers including Constable, a bitter which pays tribute to the building being a former police station, and Noisy Call, an IPA in tribute to their football neighbour, Notts County FC.

5. Liquid Light

Founded in 2017, Liquid Light Brewing Company started its life brewing on a nano kit in their shed. After some success, they began to cuckoo brew at Magpie Brewery before finally getting their own space in Sneinton in 2021. Their tap room opened in June the same year.

Alongside their own brewed beers, Mocky D, vegan fast food, can be purchased at the weekend and bar snacks are also available. Dogs are welcome in the taproom with water and treats provided.

6. Magpie Brewery

Magpie Brewery started life as a traditional real ale brewery in 2006 and has since expanded to make a variety of beers from traditional, NEIPAs, sours and everything in between. Some of their brews include Cherry Raven Stout, Magpie Best, glowing copper best bitter, and Jay IPA.

The brewery taphouse is open on Friday and Saturday, however they also have two pubs in Nottingham: Barrel Drop in Market Square, and the city’s first micropub, Doctor’s Orders, on Mansfield Road.