The Walled City Brewery in County Derry has created over 200 beers, gaining them the title of U.K. Taproom of the Year.
A Derry bar has been named U.K. Taproom of the Year, beating over 600 other establishments to take the coveted prize.
First opened in 2015, the Walled City Brewery has created over 200 varieties of beer that have proved popular throughout Ireland and the U.K.
Located in Ebrington Square, the family-owned bar and gastropub is popular with locals and tourists alike.
A coveted prize – beer inspired by the city
Receiving the news that the Derry bar was named U.K. Taproom of the Year, the Walled City Brewery dedicated the award to the “amazing city” that inspires it.
On their website, they explain, “The beer is made with a strong identity to the city and our wonderful people.
“Breaking the city’s corporate monopoly on the selection of drinks, we strive to provide fresh, unfiltered beer brewed right on-site in the restaurant!”
All who visit can distinguish the local feel of this pub; a Derry welcome greets everyone who walks through the door.
A bar inspired by the city – Derry culture at its heart
One of the most unique aspects of the Derry bar named U.K. Taproom of the Year is its local feel.
From its name to its atmosphere, the bar incorporates aspects of the city of Derry into its entire ethos.
Derry locals James and Louise Huey own the family-run bar, alongside James’ sisters Jill and Yvonne. James’ parents, Stan and Sylvia, also take much to do with the business.
Walled City Brewery’s house brewers, James, an ex-Guinness brewer, and Josh, an unemployed archaeologist, handcraft the beer.
Taking inspiration from Amelia Earhart – an icon to feminists
Alongside their 200 varieties of beer, the Walled City Brewery have also created their very own gin inspired by one of history’s most prominent feminist icons.
Amelia Earhart was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic, and Earhart Gin pays homage to her connection to Derry.
Sourcing botanicals from the meadow where she landed her plane and using the colours of her ‘Little Red Bus’, the gin is a fitting tribute to an inspiring woman.
Over the moon with the results – a great achievement
James told MyDerry that the news was yet to sink in that the Derry pub won U.K. Taproom of the Year.
He said, “We are all over the moon. We still can’t believe it!
“Taprooms are still such a young industry in Northern Ireland, compared to the rest of the U.K. So, to win the national award is an incredible accolade for the Walled City Brewery, other N.I. craft beers, and our amazing city.”
James hopes the award will encourage plenty more people to visit the city. The news comes amid a huge expansion plan at the Walled City Brewery that will see a standalone Taproom and Experience Centre opened in 2022.