Lonely Planet celebrates the cream of UK breweries

Brewer Andrew Dickson at the Meantime Brewery in Greenwich, which is one of the breweries recognised by travel guide Lonely Planet as among the world's best for visitors
Brewer Andrew Dickson at the Meantime Brewery in Greenwich, which is one of the breweries recognised by travel guide Lonely Planet as among the world's best for visitors

Breweries across the UK have been recognised by travel guide Lonely Planet as among the world's best for visitors.

More than 20 UK breweries feature in the new Global Beer Tour book, which claims the country's use of New World hops and innovation within styles are "changing the way people view beer".

There is "a good brewery in every corner" of London, such as Beavertown, Brew By Numbers, Fourpure and Meantime, the book states.

But tourists are also advised to "get out of the capital because there are excellent breweries to visit across the country".

These include Hilden in Lisburn, Northern Ireland; Sulwath in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland; Northern Monk in Leeds and St Ives Brewery in Cornwall.

Each "represents their region" through different recipes or the local water they use, according to the guide.

The book, which features the best breweries in 32 countries across five continents, adds: "Beer touring in Britain is a wonderful way to engage in the history of this densely populated little island."