Drygate: the UK’s first experiential craft brewery


One of the things I like most about the craft beer world and how it does business, is its seemingly natural ability to step outside the box and work collaboratively – sharing in experiences, pooling resources and welcoming others to take part. In the case of Glasgow’s Drygate Brewery, it involves ‘open doors, open minds: whatever it takes’.

And maybe it’s the beer that mellows you out, but it always seems so effortless and unforced; a “democratic attitude” (as the list describes it), and one that’s not just showing face but considered a genuinely valid way of doing business. So with Drygate, you immediately get this sense of collective involvement – a wall graffiti painted by a staff member, waitresses who genuinely look like they don’t need to be paid to hang out there.

Drygate do it like pros. The location itself combines both a working brewery and event spaces with regular film screenings, live music, markets and comedy evenings. And V @ Drygate forms the pub and restaurant section itself.



IMG_1315 IMG_1314Other pull-factors include a whopping 24 beers on tap (3 of which can be seen brewing through a glass panel), there’s a shop, sun terrace and their own ‘Brew Kit’ for the die-hard to take home and try out for themselves.

Ok, it’s slightly out of the way of the central drag of Glasgow City centre, which makes it more of a destination hub rather than your local at the end of the street, but it’s worth the effort.

I visited early on a Thursday evening. The upstairs was occupied by a private birthday shindig, while the main pub and restaurant space was remarkably quiet for a Thursday evening. That’s slightly disappointing in terms of footfall however I’m reliably told this place gets busy busy at the weekends – which is a relief, because it deserves to.

I imagine that so long as it continues to tap into the high energy levels and creativity that’s inevitably needed to remain ‘the UK’s first experiential craft brewery’, the Glasgow populace will be drinking in this haunt for years to come.

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