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Caps Off Brewery Microbrewery is based in a unit within an industrial estate just on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland. The venue features a taproom that’s open to the public to sit and drink the beers in the same place they are made!
Inside the unit is a spacious seating area with a large selection of their own craft beers on tap. The venue is still a working progress as they have only been open to the public since April 2022, and the brewery itself has been running since January 2022. But the venue is still very much worth visiting with your friends, family etc. to try somewhere different to have food/drink and chill. You can just turn up and sit on one of their big long benches to have a drink, surrounded by their brewery facilities, complete with their fermenters and other equipment.
The venue is open every week from Thursday to Sunday. The brewery is also owned by same manager who set up a bar and bottle shop that is also open to the public based near the centre of Bishop Auckland- you can find out more about their other venue on our website here.
The brewery is located at Unit 4, Century Court, South Church Enterprise Park, DL14 6WA.
Why Visit Caps Off Microbrewery?
Caps Off Brewery is an alternative venue for people to come for a drink or for something to eat. The venue offers a great deal more than just an ordinary bar/pub or restaurant. Every drink and everything on the menu is made by Caps Off, all locally-produced quality food/drink. The variety on their menu caters for people of different preferences and so does their selection drinks, with their different range of beer styles and alternative drinks available. There’s music playing softly in the background and the venue even run special events including gigs (typically someone playing the guitar). When Eric first visited the venue, he got talking to one of the boys that work there and was exclusively given a brief “unofficial” tour of the brewery, what outstanding customer services!
Did Eric already mention that Caps Off have their own food menu? In fact Caps Off Microbrewery have their own kitchen. The kind of food they make ranges from burgers to loaded fries to fried burgers and even small side dishes and snacks. You can check out their menu at OrderTab | Tabology
All of the food they do is typically street-food style. Their kitchen is based inside a gazebo outside the unit, but once the brewery is complete, they will have a pizza oven and other kitchen facilities just next to the bar inside the unit.
Of course, it is their beer that has made Caps Off popular in the first place. They began as a bar selling other locally-brewed beers but began making their own beer as recently as 2019. They intended on opening their brewery in 2020 but lockdown made that difficult, so they finally opened their brewery in January 2022.
The drinks menu is typically all their craft beers both on tap and in bottles/cans. They also serve other drinks for people who aren’t quite into beer as much, including wine, spirits, gin and cider. They do also have soft drinks, hot drinks (tea/coffee) and zero-alcohol beer too. There is something for everyone’s tastes.
The venue is very wheelchair-friendly, as there are no stairs/steps or any narrow doorways. There is lots of floorspace in front of the bar and alongside the benches. The benches have gaps between them and can also be moved slightly to accommodate for extra space requirements. There is also plenty of outdoor space too.
Dogs and children are very welcome. This makes it easier for families with commitments for the little ones and who don’t like leaving their puppies behind. There is dog treats available for the pooches and child-friendly options on the food menu.
Patio heaters both inside and outside the venue. You don’t have to worry about being too cold at this microbrewery. Everyone deserves to be comfortable.
Free parking available right outside the unit. Ideal for having your own transport close to the venue, the area is very secure. For people who don’t want to rely on public transport, this makes it convenient for them to be dropped off and picked up too.
There is a bus stop nearby to the venue in South Church Industrial Estate. This is ideal for those who don’t want to risk driving and having a drink and those who don’t want to or cannot rely on getting lifts of people.
At the bar, there is a big TV screen that displays the drinks that are on tap. People don’t have to worry about struggling to read the labels on the bar taps. There is also some print-out menus to view the drinks as well.
The brewery also have a couple of couches and a coffee table to sit at. This is good for people who may not find the benches comfortable and need their back supported. It also adds a more cosy, chilled vibe to the setting.
The food menu offers gluten-free options as well as vegetarian/vegan dishes as well. The drinks are also diversified as there are some gluten-free beers too. The option of having low-alcohol beer is also considerate for those who have special requirement (pregnancy, medical conditions) or who are driving but still want to join in on drinking.
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QDoes the brewery make their own food?
Yes, Caps Off have their own kitchen which is based at their other venue in Bishop Auckland. Their kitchen has been running for longer than the brewery and they offer a fantastic menu. Please see the link within the listing description above to view their online menu!
QIs the Caps Off kitchen a separate venue to the microbrewery?
No, there is no separate venue for the kitchen itself. The kitchen is based at the original bar venue in Bishop Auckland but they do also have kitchen facilities in the taproom at the brewery too.
QDo I have to book a table in advance?
No, but you can do so on their website if you click on the link at the top in the description. However, you can also just turn up but booking is recommended during busy periods to guarantee a table.