McColl‘s Brewery- Microbrewery Taproom

A unit-based microbrewery with on-site taproom open to the public. Located in the remote village of Evenwood, just round the corner from Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

Their microbrewery taproom is based in a unit on Evenwood industrial estate and inside, it features a lovely little bar with draught beer on tap, and fridges stocked with canned and bottled beers, gin, cider and low-alcohol beers as well as soft drinks.

You can sit in the actual brewery, where they have several tables and chairs for you to sit at and drink and socialise, surrounded by a load of shiny, stainless steel brewery vessels and equipment.

Why visit McColl’s Brewery?

It is somewhere different and alternative to visit and sit and drink inside. The atmosphere is calming and friendly, the staff are always up for having a chat or a bit of banter- whether you’re out with your mates for a few beers, or with your family for a quality night out. There’s music playing, there’s lots of things that catch your eyes.

You can also book a brewery tour to see the magic behind making McColl’s finest craft beers. Book on their website at 


The brewery hosts as a tap room every other weekend on a Friday and Saturday. You can buy drinks to take home in cans/bottles, or you can order a pint at the bar and drink on the premises. The brewery has a different street food vendor every time the taproom is open. Food varies from wood-fired pizzas and Bratwurst. So if you are into cultured food, McColl’s can cater for your taste.


The beer they produce is quality craft and real ale- from pale ale to stouts to IPAs. They also make cider, and some low-alcohol alternatives for the designated drivers and other people’s requirements. Other drinks they sell include a select variety of gins bought in from gin distillers locally, as well as the usual soft drinks.


  • Wheelchair accessibility- no steps or stairs (except one step in front of the bar but has a metal plate on it as a ramp). Plenty of space around the taproom, easy to get to the toilets.
  • Welcomes dogs and children so great for families to visit. The taproom have soft drinks and snacks for the little ones and doggie treats for the pooches.
  • Bike racks. For cyclists and people biking to the brewery for a well-earned pint after a bike ride.
  • Free parking. Parking is right outside the unit so no need to worry about paying for parking or having to walk loads from the car to the brewery. Ideal for people to get lifts and be dropped off and picked up.
  • Public transport available, just a minute walk from the nearest bus stop.
  • Gluten-free and vegan-friendly beers and other drinks also available.

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