The Isle of Man has long taken its libations and tipples seriously.  In 1874, anything other than the use of natural brewing ingredients - of water, yeast, hops and malt - became prohibited by breweries on the Isle of Man, making our ales famous for their purity and flavour.  In recent years, new craft distilleries and wineries have appeared on the Isle of Man scene. 

Whether you’re after a real ale experience, or want to learn the secrets of using fresh botanicals to craft innovative drinks, there’s a growing choice of tours that are perfect for your next groups itinerary.

Using home-grown produce and ecologically friendly methods to make their own sparkling wines, Foraging Vintner’s is a new craft winery on Port Erin Bay which can offer wine tours and tastings for groups of between 6 to 25 people.  Learn how Rhunessa, the winery's popular Rhubarb sparkling wine, is made in the methode traditionnelle and pick up a bottle to take home with you. Alternatively, look out for their large pink doors and enjoy a tipple in their boutique style Parlour Bar or outside terrace, which also boasts stunning coastal views.
Email info@foragingvintners.com.

‘Fyn and Tonics’ are sweeping the Island by storm following the launch of a new ‘small batch’ gin producer on the Island. Named after a mythical creature in Manx folklore, the Fynoderee Distillery, which is based in the north of the Island, will be welcoming small groups for tours, tastings and ‘pop-up’ events from April 2018 onwards. Call +44 (0)7624 433131 or email info@fynoderee.com

Situated on Douglas’ popular North Quay, Seven Kingdom supplies the finest spirits, cocktails, wines and beers from around the world together with their own craft spirits – created and distilled on site. Their own Seven Kingdom Douglas Dry Gin combines handpicked gorse (which boasts overtones of coconut and mango) with fresh bay from Kirk Michael and Manx heather honey. From the bar, you can see the distilling equipment, or for a more in depth experience book a group tour. Call +44 (0)1624 620232 or email contact@sevenkingdomdistillery.com.

Okell’s is the oldest brewery in the Island and the initiator of the Isle of Man Pure Beer Act which ensures the purity of beer brewed on the Isle of Man. With a never-ending passion to create the perfect pint, Okell’s continually releases superb new brews throughout the year. Tours of the brewery can be arranged for groups of 10 or more join the Douglas Guided Pub Walk or Quayside Pub Walk. To book contact +44 (0)1624 699400 or email info@okells.co.uk.

Award-winning cask ales which are handcrafted by the Isle of Man born Hooded Ram Brewery are stocked in over 20 pubs locally and are also available around the UK. The Brewery offers two types of tours; Tasting Nights which are held on the first Friday of each month, and more in depth guided tours which are suitable for larger groups. Tours of the innovative brewery can be arranged by emailing info@hoodedram.com or call +44 (0)1624 612464.

Renowned Bushy’s Beer have long created real ales, including a Manx Collection - an exclusive set of Bushy’s connoisseur brews that feature people or events from the island’s colourful, illustrious past. Evening tours of the brewery are available by pre-arrangement with a minimum groups size of 15 people, contact bushys@manx.net  or call +44 (0)1624 661244 for details.

The smallest brewery on the Island, Old Laxey Brewing Company, creates beers that are mainly sold in the pub next door - the Shore in Laxey. Small groups can visit their brew area and experience a tasting, contact theshore@manx.net or call +44 (0)1624 861509.

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