Bristol has arguably one of the best beer (and cider!) scenes in the UK right now. With bars and pubs serving fantastic beers, more often than not brewed within the city limits themselves, you would be hard pushed to have to settle for a mediocre pint of brown. We have gathered up the best deals we have to give you the chance to try something new and support pubs and bars through what can sometimes be a bit of a grey month. Cheers to Tryanuary! 

Moor Beer Company (St Phillips)

Moor Beer Company are approaching ten years of combining the best of the British, German and American West Coast brewing traditions. Led by California native Justin Hawke the brewery is focused on progressive hop forward beers that are unfined, unfiltered and always Cask, Keg and even Can conditioned. Just 5 minutes walk from either Temple Meads or Old Market directions, the on-site tap room/beer garden is always worth a drop in too.

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Beer Necessities (Wapping Wharf)

An independent craft beer bottle shop in the beating heart of Wapping Wharf's Cargo 2 development with speciality, quality and affordability at their core. Providing a careful balance of accessible Bristolian favourites (think Wiper & True, Moor, Lost & Grounded etc) in the fridges and a whole wall of rarer, eclectic treats to take away, for take-home Growlers (and a choice of fantastic keg beers to fill them with) and an altogether more rewarding visit to Spike Island you should most definitely look for the Beer Necessities, the simple Beer Necessities.

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Tobacco Factory (North Street)

Head to Tobacco Factory with this Wriggle and enjoy 2 bottles of selected beer from their fridges. Carefully chosen from breweries around the UK and abroad, you'll almost certainly find your new favourite here! Sat on the opposite side of the road to The Bristol Beer Factory, you would be hard pushed to find beer that has traveled literally over the road anywhere else.

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Croft Ales (Stokes Croft)

Did you hear the one about the two dudes from Italy who moved to Bristol and discovered a love of craft beer...? Wriggle your way over to Stokes Croft, and enter the small but perfectly formed world of the Croft Ales microbrewery. Every beer available is vegan, and they are working hard to be able to bring you lucky Wrigglers some gluten free options soon, so watch this space. The atmosphere is friendly, the vibes are chilled, the music is great, and the beer, needless to say, is bloody brilliant.

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The Mother's Ruin (St Nicks)

Not one for the faint-hearted, The Mother's Ruin on St Nicholas Street is a proper rocker pub that's brimming with rough-around-the-edges, no frills charm, a buzzing atmosphere, live music, and good drinks. Your shoes will stick to the floor, your ears will be ringing from the music, and you might just come away with a burning desire to only wear leather and studs. WE LOVE IT.

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Coffee + Beer (Cotham Hill)

Providing only the finest of drinks for beery-eyed fanatics and coffee enthusiasts, Coffee + Beer is a shiny new Espresso Bar within a retail store. Feel free to sample their wide range of loose coffees, or get a taste of their local craft beer pulled straight from the tap. Grab a bottle of beer to go or fill up a growler!

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Playground Coffee House (Old City)

Forget your drunken New Year's Eve promise to yourself that you'd complete dry January, and Wriggle your way over to Playground for some perfect weekend drinks. You and a pal will enjoy a refreshing pint of Lost and Grounded's incredible Keller Pills – a gloriously simple hop bitter lager beer. Or Orchard Pig cider. If you're feeling greedy, keep 'em both for yourself...

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Wiper & True Taproom and Brewery (St Werbergs)

Tucked away in St Werburghs, Wiper and True is the beer aficionado's dream destination. Their top quality pints have earned them a loyal fanbase; spotting their distinctive white and gold labels on a pump-clip is a sure sign you're in a quality establishment. Starting, as most do, making homebrew on the stove top, Wiper and True have experimented their way into the hearts of beer lovers - and along with a number of excellent pales, brew some of the best Milk Stout on the market. We are very happy that at long last, they are opening the doors to their brewery, and inviting you in for a tour!

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The Golden Guinea

You might have come across The Golden Guinea a while back, when we featured it in our article, '16 Hidden Bristol Pubs that Locals Love' - and we still love it now. There is so much to say about this place - it's hard to summarise it all. How about their astonishingly good range of cask, keg, and bottled beers, ales and lagers, which are pretty much all local, and change almost daily? When Wriggle developed their own beer with Crafty Devil from Cardiff, The Golden Guinea proudly featured us (not that we're biased or anything), and all of the noteworthy Bristol are also regularly members of the lineup here. They also have their own - delicious - beer, the Guinea Pils, and have a cracking range of salty snacks to accompany your pint.

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Published -11th January 2018