Opening hours: Saturday 1200-2100
Other days: Sunday 1200-1900, Thursday-Friday 1200-2300
Official site: https://ubrew.cc/
Last updated: 28/06/2019
Our first industrial estate bar of the tour, which presumably explains why there's a sign warning people that there are lorries running in and out, and it may be a good idea to avoid drunkenly walking under them. It's a more prominent sign than the one that used to tell you you were in the right place - at the time of our July 2018 visit, the only thing identifying uBrew was the name written in chalk on the fag end bin by the door. If this site was an I-Spy book, you'd get special points for spotting groups of slightly drunk people looking lost. (If you don't want to be one of them, the trick is that once you've entered the estate you'll need to turn right, going past the more visible Bone Daddies, of which more later.)
Another example of the blurring of the lines here: is uBrew a brewery tap? Well, it certainly smells like one, more so than any of the other places we've visited so far. There's a large brewing area you can wander around, and a series of beers labelled uBrew available both on tap and in the fridge. But the main business of uBrew, as the name kind of suggests, is that they rent their equipment out to anyone who fancies making their own beer. If you've ever wanted to become a gypsy brewer, or whatever the more ideologically sound term is now for someone with a bag of hops but no hardware (we've heard 'cuckoo brewer' used in some quarters), then now's your chance.
As a result, it's sometimes a little uncertain as to who's responsible for a uBrew beer - is it one of their own, or made by one of their clients? Either way, there's usually a pretty good range on offer, with ten taps (including a couple of guests) as well as a fridge full of bottles. (The latter is where you sometimes find Responsibly, their amusingly-named alcohol-free beer, which might be useful as a pacer if you've been necking real beer in every other bar so far.)
There used to be plenty of tables and seating outside for when the weather was nice, at least in the summer of 2018. Since then, they've had a bit of a redesign, which has good points and bad points to it. Good: it's now possible to identify uBrew from the logo clearly visible at the front of the building. Bad: a lot of the indoor seating space has been taken out and replaced by a large refrigeration unit, which is admittedly good for beer but bad for drinkers, who on our last visit in December 2018 could be seen huddled outside trying to balance their pints on top of the dustbins.
Be warned that this is another cashless bar. Also be warned that as of June 2019, the stability of uBrew seems a little precarious: they closed the bar for a couple of weeks due to financial difficulties, as explained in this press release. They planned to re-open at the end of June, but we'll see how that works out - either way, we can't guarantee the accuracy of the opening times quoted above, so exercise caution.