There are great brewing centres across the UK that rival London for the honour of being Britain's craft beer capital. If you’re interested in learning more about the modern craft beer scene it would be a mistake to ignore what these cities have to offer.
If you're heading west, excellent craft beer will be there to greet you. Check out brewerism.co.uk for tours of Bristol, which take in the excellent Arbor Ales, Moor Beer, New Bristol Brewery, and Left Handed Giant among others. Brewerism also cover Cheltenham and Gloucester.