4 Glasgow local beer spots

Glasgow local beer

I drank lots of beer on my trip to Glasgow, Scotland. My trip to Scotland was planned rather last minute and to be quite honest, I had no real itinerary upon arrival. And I loved it that way. I prefer to roam and stumble upon things. In Glasgow, that ended up being beer. Everyone thinks of Scotch Whisky when they think of alcohol in Scotland. I did of course try my fair share of Scotch too. But the beer … that was quite the pleasant surprise.

I was missing beer

In my home country of the United States, we’ve really come to love beer. And no, I’m not talking about Budweiser. I’m talking about microbreweries. My hometown of Cincinnati has at least five that I can think of. That always blows Spaniards minds when I tell them that and the fact that a normal bar in the United States has at least seven different types of beer on tap. What can I say … we love variety.

So after months of ordering cañas of whatever the heck the bar had on tap (seriously in Spain you just say you want a beer … you don’t even need to specify), I was excited to drink good (sorry to any Spaniard reading this) beer again. So this was my little beer journey through Glasgow, Scotland.

4. West Brewery

On my first full day in the city, I wandered to the People’s Palace Museum, which is totally free! I roamed through the museum and had a nice little lunch there. I had a handy little map of Glasgow provided by People Make Glasgow. It indicated that a the pretty building across the street was a brewery. Why not a beer, I thought. It was so good to drink a nice, local brew.

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At West Brewery, they specialize in German-style beer. As a native of Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), I love all things German. In fact, I’m part German (but like many generations ago to the point where like what does that really mean?). I love most beers and especially German beer.

According to their website westbeer.com, their beer is rather young. They started back in 2006, my sophomore year of college (ah those were the days). They brew all of their beers in accordance with Reinheitsgebot, which is a German purity law of 1516 that was made in regards to beer. This basically means that beer can only have three ingredients: water, barley and hops. West Brewery is  the only brewery in all of the United Kingdom to make beer in accordance with these practices.

Glasgow local beer

Glasgow local beer

I just sat at the bar and enjoyed a beer. The bar tender was super friendly and helpful. If you have interest in taking a tour, they do have that option available as well. Also the brewery has a full food menu if you would like to dine there. I, however, was just coming from lunch so a beer was just fine for me. Day drinking without a schedule is one of my favorite things about traveling.

The important information:

West Brewery, Templeton Building
Glasgow, Glasgow Green
Glasgow
G40 1AW

Tours cost 11.50 and are available these times. They also offer private tours for groups of 10 or more.

  • Friday at 6pm
  • Saturday at 12pm and 3pm
  • Sunday at 3pm

From Saturday, March 4th to Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, they will have limited tours as they will be remodeling during this time.

 3. Drygate Brewing Co.

On my second full day in Glasgow, I found myself wandering through the Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis. Then my phone died. We all know that feeling, especially as we’re traveling. Luckily I like to be prepared and always carry my charger with me. From my trusty map, I saw that Drygate Brewing Co. was just at the bottom of the hill. I also happened to be starving.

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As soon as I arrived, the staff was friendly and eager to help me. They found a place for me to plug in my phone, brought me a food menu and allowed me to try a few beer samples as I made my decision on what I wanted to drink. I remember ordering a burger that had goat cheese. I love anything with goat cheese.

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The whole idea behind Drygate is an experiential brewery. You can actually come and brew your own beer. And there’s no need to be an expert as they are there to help you! According to drygate.com, you can come by the brewery on their brew days and brew some beer. How cool! They also have tours available.

Important information:

Dyrgate Brewing Co., 85 Drygate

Glasgow, G4 0UT

  • Brew days are on Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Tours are on Sundays at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and are 10 pounds.

2. Tennents Brewery

After my lovely meal at Drygate, I was in the mood for more beer. I had read about Tennents and saw that it was just around the corner. Why not wander over and see what it’s all about? They had a tour starting in just about an hour and through my student visa in Spain, I got a discount. It was only 5 pounds! Why not?

Glasgow local beer

Tennents is one of Scotland’s oldest beers. It’s definitely more of a traditional lager, so if you’re a person that prefers IPAs and craft brews, this might not be the place for you. I, however, like most beers and love learning about history. And Tennents is a part of the history of the city.

The tour walks you through the history of beer brewing in Wellpark, the location of the brewery. You get a little glimpse into how the beer is made. You have to wear this vest and hairnet since you’re around the production of everything. I took a little selfie in my gear and I think posted it to Snapchat.

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Important information:

Tennents Brewery, 161 Duke St

Glasgow G31 1JD

Tour times:

  • Mon – Fri: 10am, 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm
  • Saturday: 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm
  • Sunday: 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm

Tours cost 7.50 of 5 if you are a student or are in the armed forces and have the ID to prove it.

1. Shilling Brewery

My beer journey through Glasgow ended at Shilling. I was told that this was a new brewery located downtown and that I should give it a try.

Glasgow local beer

Glasgow local beer

Shilling has a full food menu as well, so I ate my dinner there.. I ordered a delicious margarita pizza and devoured the entire thing. The brewhouse is open for walk-throughs on Sundays as well.

Important information:

Shilling Brewing Co., 92 West George Street
Glasgow
G2 1PJ

Brewhouse walk-throughs are on Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m.

My thoughts

I was pleasantly surprised by the beer in Glasgow. If you are a beer aficionado, Glasgow definitely has a lot for you to taste and see.

What do you like in a beer? What’s your ideal beer?

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63 Comments

  1. The Scott’s do love to drink! Scottish whisky is so popular around the world that other local delicacies are sometimes forgotten. I’m currently in South America and the thing I miss most is a pint. I love that you can buy litre bottles of the good stuff here, but I have such an emotional attachment to the idea of a pint… feeling a bit homesick after reading this post! Great work!

  2. What a fun post .. my husband and I love checking out different breweries. It’s one of our favorite ways to spend date night!

  3. It’s always nice to try out local beer! It’s a great way to support the breweries. These are all worth checking out!

  4. I love beer, I love breweries, so I guess I would love Scotland. For now I’ll have to settle with my home town which in Western Australia which has a large number of great breweries. Great write about some mouth watering beer.

    1. Breweries are the best. I will have to keep that in mind when I visit Western Australia one day!

  5. I grew up as a kid in Cinci! Left when I was 10 for Los Angeles – what a culture shock! I currently live in CO which is a beer capital in America. I get what you mean by missing it! Unfortunately I’m allergic to most alcohol, but I’m glad you found some local brews to try!

    1. Woah that’s awesome! I hope you enjoyed your time in Cincinnati as a kid. I also have been to CO and yes, the beer is great there. What a shame you’re allergic. I’m allergic to peanut butter so I will never know the wonder that are Reecees Cups.

  6. I would have been looking for Scotch in Glasgow, but good to know there’s a ton of beer options around too. DryGate looks like a cool option, luckily it was so close when your phone died!

  7. Ooooo I love going to breweries and yummy beer spots!!! I have one right up the street that hubby and I go to often

  8. I do not drink it. But I am glad you shared great details of places and locations of where to get it. A must try if in those areas.

    1. Awesome! If you have any other questions about Glasgow, feel free to e-mail me at aworldofdresses.com

  9. This is such a great post for beer lovers. I am a huge fan of microbreweries and there have been a bunch of them popping up in San Diego.

  10. Just recently started getting into beer 🙂 so this blog was great to read. Have never been to Glasgow but now I know where to go if I do. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I’m not a drinker but I am an artist, so I thought the art inside the building looked very cool!

  12. I’d love to live near some local breweries! These all look like really cool places! Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

  13. Wow, all of these spots look really cool. I’ve never really been a big beer drinker but I’ve always wanted to explore a brewery. I know there are many great unique beers available to try,

  14. They look like some great places. Very modern and sophisticated looking. I would taste the beer even though it’s not my favorite because I am always thinking maybe I will find one somewhere.

    1. Yeah for sure! With such variety in the beer world, you’re bound to find something you like!

  15. Thanks for sharing these amazing tips about Glasgow beer. My friend who loves beer (very passionateto beers) will love these!

    Is it true that beers will make your belly’s bigger? (wine drinker here)

    1. Hahahaha well my tummy isn’t exactly flat, so perhaps. There’s definitely more calories in beer.

    1. Awesome! I hope you do end up in Glasgow and Edinburgh is only an hour away by bus or train, so it’s easy to tack that onto a trip up there too! If you have any questions about either city, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at aworldofdresses@gmail.com

  16. This is an amazing post – I’m Czech so i totally understand what you mean when you say you miss beer (apparently Czech people have the highest consumption of beer per person in the world haha go we!). I drink crafts beers in the UK – especially the very hoppy ones!:) x

    1. I knew I needed to get to the Czech Republic at some point this year and now this is even more reason to go! Thanks for that tidbit about your country!

  17. Will be sharing this with my boyfriend, he’s such a beer dude. I, on the other hand, cannot stand the taste/smell. LOL!

  18. When I think of Scotland, I don’t think beer, but you have piqued my interest. Both the hubby and I are beer lovers and we loved a brewery tour. I’m actually an Ohio-native as well, do you have recommendations for breweries in Cincinnati???

    1. Hi Star! Yes I do have brewery recommendations for Cincinnati. They are: Rhinegeist, Madtree, Eightball (it’s new so I have not been but heard it’s great. Also technically in Kentucky, but right across the river), Christian Moerlein, Mt. Carmel and I’ve heard a few things about Listermann but have not been yet. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail at aworldofdresses@gmail.com and I can write you a more detailed e-mail and even give you some websites. This is making me think a brewery tour post next time I’m home would be a good idea!

  19. I’m not much of a beer person, however, just the description and the pictures of Glasgow and its live beer spots make it inviting to visit and just have a drink with the locals. They all seemed rather friendly enough.
    Absolutely beautiful

  20. Looks like awesome places! I love to go to (micro)breweries and biergartens. I am currently in Australia and being from the Netherlands, with lots of beer from Belgium and Germany, it’s a pain in the ass when it comes to beer here haha. Although the beer culture is really starting here as well. But I do miss them from back home a bit. I had some beers in Ireland and the UK as well, would love to go to Scotland!

  21. I’m not a beer drinker but I can see how Glasgow can easily be a lager-drinker’s paradise! There are a few micro-breweries in my hometown of Montreal and I do appreciate how this culture is becoming more and more popular all around the world.

  22. This is totally awesome! I would not think to do a beer tour in Scotland, but now I am totally digging it! I love the variety of places you went to they all sound wonderful! Funny question… were you feeling that beer belly after all that drinking? haha

  23. I love some good beer. Scotch too since you mentioned it! These are some good spots to stumble across. I’ll have to keep my eye out for them in my travels

  24. *Sigh* we didn’t do any of this during our visit to Glasgow. We were only there for a day and a half but my brother was on the search for whiskey the whole time, and we pretty much forewent beer much of the trip. Not that we didn’t enjoy the whiskey, but I would’ve liked to try more beer. Lots of really nice options you presented and the interiors look really unique at these breweries.

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