Long been a fan of Ringwood ales even though I'm based in the Midlands so as we'd booked a stay in Bournemouth for a few nights i wasn't going to pass this opportunity up.
First brewery tour I've been on, and i think they've set the standard pretty high.
Free beer on flow before the tour began (Ringwood Best Bitter), an informative and enthusiastic talk and tour around the brewery which lasts around 90 minutes, and you get to taste the malts and hops that are used in the process, before more free beer to your hearts content when the tour has concluded (and you have the choice of 5 different ales too).
Plus you get a free half pint glass to top it off.
Absolutely nothing salesy about it either, which I think deserves particular applause these days.
Oh and you can even pull your own pint if you wish, which my fiancee was really chuffed with!
If you're in the area, and you like your ale - just go.
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