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Pub Review: Brass Monkey Beer Boutique, Guisborough

Updated: Apr 9

In December 2021, two Teessiders began an undertaking with one aim: to emulate the best of London’s craft beer scene in the North-East. Their venture, Brass Monkey Beer Boutique, has quickly become a firm favourite amongst drinkers in Guisborough, and rightly so. But there’s more to Brass Monkey than top-quality beer…

Brass Monkey, Guisborough

Brass Monkey, Guisborough

What to expect at Brass Monkey

Brass Monkey is a beer-lover’s dream, accommodating a revolving selection of ten craft beer and ales on tap, plus over a hundred cans and bottles. The furnishing is stripped-back and industrial: reclaimed wood, white tiles, beer kegs-cum-plant pots, and, of course, a host of brass monkeys, much to our approval! (We love monkeys). The outside terrace is perfect for sampling their perfectly-chilled beers on a sunny day.

But Brass Monkey is more than a taproom and bottle shop. For us, what makes it stand out are the little extras that add to the experience. With its generous stack of board games, you can make a night of it with friends (or perhaps make new friends!). Brass Monkey gift boxes, chock-full of beer and snacks, are great value and make unique presents. And then there are the bar snacks… In addition to its fabulous drink offerings, Brass Monkey prides itself on its top-quality snacks. Posh peanuts, classy crisps and some of the best jerky we’ve ever had! For avid BM fans, merchandise is available to buy at the bar or from their online shop.

Brass Monkey, Guisborough

What’s to drink at Brass Monkey?

There’s something for everyone at Brass Monkey. Their ten rotating taps showcase great produce from local breweries as well as further afield in the UK. Regular additions include Play Brew Co (Middlesbrough), Brew York (York) and Marble Beers (Manchester) and Guisborough Brewery (Guisborough). Over a hundred individual cans and bottles from all over the world are available to drink in or take away. From sours to ciders, porters to pilsners, Belgian to Bavarian – the Brass Monkey has got the lot. For wine-lovers, natural wines are the speciality here, and local spirits are celebrated.

Where can I find Brass Monkey?

Guisborough is a busy market town in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland, in the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire. It’s just north of the North York Moors National Park and 5 miles from the North Yorkshire coast. It’s a 20-25-minute drive from Middlesbrough, just over half an hour from Northallerton and 40 minutes from Thirsk.

Brass Monkey is on the popular Westgate Street, on the corner with Chaloner Street. There is usually ample parking along Westgate, free for 2 hours with a parking disc, available from local shops. Alternatively, Fountain St East Car Park is a 3-minute walk away and is fairly cheap to park.

Brass Monkey, Guisborough

What’s on at Brass Monkey?

There’s always something going on at Brass Monkey, with some fun and original ideas. So far, events have included general quizzes, themed quizzes, tap takeovers, live music, natural wine tasting sessions, Tiny Kitchen collaborations, comedy nights, OktoberFest, pottery-making and even a Morrissey-themed evening!

Keep an eye on the pub’s Facebook and Instagram pages to find out about what’s coming up.

Brass Monkey, Guisborough

Brass Monkey Beer Boutique, Guisborough: Summary

- Great choice of beers and ales

- Over a hundred bottles and cans

- Superb snacks

- Dog-friendly

- Outside Terrace

- Guisborough centre

- Easy parking nearby

- Frequent and often unusual events

- Lots of monkey decorations!

Where can I find out more information?

For the latest information on opening hours, upcoming events and what’s on tap, follow Brass Monkey on Facebook and Instagram. For their online shop, visit their website.

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