Back into the East Midlands for week 30 and the landlocked, fox hunting county of Leicestershire. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, the boundaries have changed little since, just a few minor adjustments. In 1972 the county did gain Rutland but this was reversed in 1997, giving Ratebeer that extra difficult county. Leicestershire is the only historic county not to have a county flag. The county is generally quite flat and low lying with the River Soar and its tributaries being the principal geographic feature. There is higher ground to the North-West of the county where the New National Forest is sited.
Leicestershire was known as an centre for engineering, with Bellfounding being an important skill in the past and continuing, sports cars and motor cycles were also produced. The county also has the British food classics like Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese. Lets not forget that Red Leicester Cheese and Walkers Crisps are also produced here. Many British drinkers would starve without Leicestershire.
The largest place in Leicestershire is Leicester itself followed by Loughborough, Hinkley, Wigston, Coalville and Melton Mowbray.
On Ratebeer we have a total of 41 Breweries with 26 currently active and 15 closed. 5 of these are Client / Commissioning Breweries.
The oldest brewery we have for Leicestershire, by far is Everards, now of Glenfield (Est 1849). Founded by William Everard and Thomas Hull who bought the older Wilmot & Co brewery on Southgate Street, Leicester. They built the business with the purchase of local pubs then built a much larger brewery on the Southgate Street site. Production was increased further by hiring the Bridge Brewery and Trent Brewery, later renamed Tiger Brewery, in Burton on Trent. Later all production moved to Leicester. In 1985 the company built a new brewery at Castle Acres only to close it in 2017 and build their current home.
The Leicestershire brewery with the largest range is also Everards who have 118 beers listed on Ratebeer. In the 2020 Ratebeer awards the Best Brewer award went to Mount St. Bernard Abbey Brewery and the Best Beer award went to Mount St. Bernard Abbey Tynt Meadow English Trappist Ale.
The Top 10 Beers for Leicestershire are –
- Mount St. Bernard Abbey Tynt Meadow
- Round Corner Society for the Encouragement of Virtue
- Everards / Epic Brewing Pale Ale (Cask) R
- Everards / Devils Backbone India Pale Ale R
- Everards / Fork & Brewer Low Blow R
- Everards / Two Birds Sunset Ale R
- Parish Baz’s Bonce Blower (BBB)
- Everards / Bend Eclipse Cascadian Dark Ale R
- Everards / New Belgian Pale Ale R
- Dow Bridge Praetorian Porter
Top Bars / Pubs for Leicestershire are –
- Brewdog Leicester – 87
- Blue Boar, Leicester – 84
- Needle & Pin, Loughborough – 83
- Two Tailed Lion, Leicester – 80
- Salmon (Black Country Ales), Leicester – 79
There are also some highly rated Beer Stores in the County –
- Office, Leicester – 90
- Hoptimism, Loughborough – 87
The Top 5 Raters for beers from Leicestershire are –
Currently you will require 26 Leicestershire ratings to enter the top 50.
The top rater who resides in Leicestershire is –
@leaparsons who happily is still rating on here.