I also went to Guinness last year on a day trip to Dublin, although it was so swarming with Yanks, the queue to get in was unbelievable and a really dear do to boot so I gave it a swerve in the end.
But anyway I have started buying beers from Old Tap Brewery on Ashworth Lane and today I had a bike ride up to Rivington Brewing Company and bought a box of 10 cans to take away. It's fantastic up there by the way, it would be an amazing place to go for a drink in summer under normal circumstances, they have a brilliant outdoor drinking area with stunning views of Rivington reservoir.
I know that ultimately you're paying twice as much for the sort of beers you could get from Asda, it just feels good to put money into local business pockets for a change, and obviously there's a novelty to supping from a bottle that's "Brewed in Bolton".
I'm really keen to try out other places like this in the Lancashire / Greater Manchester area. Can anybody recommend any?
Failing that, just share your personal experiences with visits to breweries whether it's Bolton, Cornwall, Prague, Saudi Arabia, etc.