Make a beer map of the British Isles

The Project

I’m working (if it can be called work) on creating a map of the British Isles using bottle caps from regional beers. That mainly involves getting obscure beers from across the country and drinking them. There are a few rules:

  1. Only one beer from each brewery
  2. The beer must have an interesting bottlecap
  3. I have to have actually drunk the beer the cap comes from

The first two rules are make sure the map looks interesting. The last one is because I like beer.

Progress

So far I’ve managed to get beers from 139 different breweries. A bit of rough maths puts the target at either 150 to to make an A3 sized map of britain or 300 for an A2 sized one.

The list contains a couple of beers as well as different breweries. This is because smaller breweries are always being bought up by bigger companies but these beers seem too important to exclude. Currently I’ve got bottle caps from:

  • Adnams
  • Ampleforth Abbey
  • Arkell's Family Brewery
  • Bad Co.
  • Banks's
  • Bass Brewery
  • Bath Ales
  • Bathams Brewery
  • Beavertown Brewery
  • Belhaven Brewery
  • Bellfield Brewery
  • Big Hug Brewing
  • Black Isle Brewing Co
  • Black Sheep
  • Black Wolf Brewery
  • Bootleg Brewing Company
  • Boyne Brewhouse
  • Brains Brewery
  • Brakspear Brewery
  • Braybrooke Beer Company
  • Brew By Numbers
  • Brewdog
  • Bristol Beer Factory
  • Broughton Brewery
  • Butcombe Brewery
  • Cairngorm Brewery Company
  • Caledonian Brewery
  • Calvors Brewery
  • Camden Town Brewery
  • Camerons Brewery
  • Carlow Brewing Company
  • Carlsberg
  • Castle Rock Brewery
  • Chadlington Brewery
  • Chapel Down Winery
  • Charles Wells Brewery
  • Cheddar Ales
  • Clan Brewing Company
  • Courage
  • Cromarty Brewing Co
  • Dark Star Brewing
  • Dartmoor Brewery
  • Drygate Brewing Co
  • Durham Brewery
  • Eagle Brewery
  • Eden Mill Distillery & Brewery
  • Edinburgh Beer Factory
  • Everards
  • Freedom Brewery
  • Fullers
  • Fyne Ales
  • Galway Bay Brewery
  • Gipsy Hill
  • Good Chemistry Brewing
  • Greene King
  • Guinness
  • Hall and Woodhouse
  • Harbour Brewing Company
  • Hard Knott Brewery
  • Harviestoun Brewery
  • Hawkshead Brewery
  • Hillside Brewery
  • Hiver
  • Hogs Back Brewery
  • Holden's Brewery
  • Hook Norton Brewery
  • Hopback Brewery
  • Hope Brewery
  • Howling Hops
  • Ilkley Brewery
  • Innis and Gunn
  • Inveralmond Brewery
  • Isle of Skye Brewing Co.
  • Jennings Lakeland Ales
  • Jubel Beer
  • K1
  • Lerwick Brewery
  • Loch Leven Brewery
  • Marston's Brewery
  • McEwan's
  • McGargles
  • Meantime Brewing Company
  • Merchant City Brewing
  • Moon Gazer (Norfolk Brewhouse)
  • Morland
  • Mount St Bernard Abbey
  • My Generation Beer Co.
  • Nethergate Brewery
  • New Lion Brewery
  • Newcastle Brown
  • Northern Whisper Brewing Co
  • Old Chimneys Brewery
  • Orbit Beers
  • Otter Brewery
  • Pressure Drop
  • Purity Brewing Company
  • Ram Brewery
  • Redchurch Brewery
  • Rhymney Brewery
  • Ringwood Brewery
  • Robinsons Brewery
  • Saltaire Brewery
  • Samuel Smith's
  • Sharp's Brewery
  • Shepherd Neame Brewery
  • Siren Craft Brew
  • Six Degrees North
  • Small Beer Brew Co.
  • Smithwicks Brewery
  • St Austell Brewery
  • St Peters Brewery
  • Station Works Brewery
  • Stewart Brewing
  • Tempest Brew Co.
  • Tennent's
  • The Five Points Brewing Co
  • The Orkney Brewery
  • Theakston Brewing Company
  • Thornbridge
  • Timothy Taylors
  • Tiny Rebel
  • Titanic Brewery
  • Track Brewing Co.
  • Uprising Brewery
  • Vibrant Forest
  • WEST Brewery
  • Weird Beard Beer Co.
  • West Berkshire Brewery
  • Whitewater Brewing Co
  • Wild Beer Company
  • Wild Horse Brewing Co
  • Williams Bros. Brewing Co.
  • Wiper and True
  • Wold Top Brewery
  • Wooha Brewing Co
  • Wychwood Brewery
  • Wye Valley Brewery
  • Wylam Brewery
  • Young's Brewery

Wish List

There are also a tonne of beers I’m still after. Big thanks to AndyCapper from BeerAdvocate for greatly extending this list. The following 110 are all ones I’m fairly confident have custom bottlecaps:

  • Acorn Brewery of Barnsley
  • Allendale Brewery
  • Alphabet Brewing Co
  • Andwell Brewing Co
  • Arbor Ales
  • Ayr Brewing Company
  • Batemans Brewery
  • Baynhams Brewery
  • Beartown Brewery
  • Big Drop Brewing Co
  • Big Smoke Brew Co
  • Black Lodge Brewery
  • Black Rock Brewing
  • Brampton Brewery
  • Brecon Brewing
  • Brew Toon
  • Brewhive Ltd
  • Brewshed Brewery
  • Bushy's Brewery
  • By The Horns Brewing Co
  • Canopy Beer Co
  • Canterbury Brewers
  • Cattle Shed Brew Co
  • Celt Experience
  • Chiltern Brewery
  • Cloudwater Brew Co
  • Cobra Beer
  • Crate Brewery
  • Cross Bay Brewery
  • Dark Revolution Brewery
  • Derby Brewing Co
  • Donnington Brewery
  • Downton Brewery Co Ltd
  • East London Brewing Co
  • Enfeld Brewing Co
  • Fallen Brewing Co
  • Farr Brew
  • Fierce Beer
  • Firebird Brewing Co
  • Forest Road Brewing Co
  • Fourpure Brewing Co
  • Geipel Brewing
  • Gower Brewery
  • Griffin Brewery
  • Gyle 59
  • Hambleton Ales
  • Hammerpot Brewery
  • Hepworth Brewery
  • Hobsons Brewery
  • Hooded Ram Brewing Co
  • Hop Studio
  • Howard Town Brewery
  • Humpty Dumpty Brewery
  • J W Lees Brewery
  • Jaw Brew
  • Joseph Holt Brewery
  • Keltek Brewery
  • Kew Brewery
  • Lacons Brewery
  • Lancaster Brewery
  • Leviathan Brewing
  • Little Valley Brewery
  • Lord Conrad's Brewery
  • Lovibonds Brewery Ltd
  • Mad Hatter Brewing Co
  • Mad Squirrel Brewing Co
  • Magic Rock Brewing Co
  • Mr Trotters
  • Nene Valley Brewery
  • Northern Monk Brew Co
  • Old Dairy Brewing
  • Old Friends Brewery
  • Otley Brewing
  • Papworth Brewery
  • Piddle Brewery
  • Pilot Beer
  • Pipes Artisan Brewery
  • Purple Moose
  • Purple Moose Brewery
  • Rebellion Beer Co
  • RedWillow Brewery
  • Redcastle Brewery
  • Roosters Brewing Co
  • Ruddles Brewery
  • Sadler's Brewing Co
  • Salcombe Brewery
  • Sambrook's Brewery
  • Seven Bro7hers Brewery
  • Shakespeare Brewing Co
  • ShinDigger Brewing Co
  • Skinners Brewery
  • Star Wing Brewery
  • Swannay Brewery
  • The Beer Studio
  • The Hop Shed
  • The London Beer Factory
  • The Ramsgate Brewery
  • The Wimbledon Brewery
  • Three Daggers Brewery
  • Thwaites Brewery
  • Tomos Watkin Brewery
  • Tring Brewery
  • Umbrella Brewing
  • Vocation Brewery
  • Weetwood Ales
  • Wellbeck Abbery Brewery
  • Westerham Brewery Co
  • Wickwar Wessex Brewing Co
  • Windsor & Eton Brewing Co
  • Yeovil Ales Brewery