Do you want know know the best British beers you've probably never tried? With International Beer Day looming on Friday August 3rd, we thought we would share some of the best beers in the UK.
So, fortunately for all, Britain has had somewhat of a renaissance when it comes to beer. We have slowly but surely realised that there is more to life that a pint of best bitter and we now have a burgeoning craft beer scene to add to our supreme real ale brewing skills. Here is a selection of our favourites:
Wild Beer Co | Bibble 4.2%
The Wild Beer Co is based in the rural idyll of Somerset, where you have more tractors than cars. As is entirely on brand for these guys, they currently brew their beer in a dairy, awesome.
Now onto the beer, the guys at WBC are pioneering with their brews and they are all worth checking out but a big favourite is Bibble (the name is Somerset slang for 'drinking regularly') which is an unrefined slightly hazy number, brewed with Vienna Malt and Oats and then hopped with Mosaic Hops. the Mosaic Hops are known for a tropical fruitiness, so we liken this beer to a slightly tropical pale ale. Its supremely drinkable.
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shotover brewery | prospect 3.7%
Prospect is an archetypal British session ale and is Shotover's favourite beer. Based in Oxfordshire, the Shotover Brewery are also based in farm country and their brew-house is in a disused stable.
Don't be fooled though, these guys pump out a serious volume of their incredible beverages. Prospect is brewed with plenty of malted barley and a combination of English and new world hops giving it a lovely pale copper colour.
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Brick brewery | Peckham IPA 6.5%
We had the pleasure of working with Brick through our sister company, Bar Nation at Gala Festival in London earlier this year. They are a super cool, Peckham based brewery and their beer is nothing short of epic.
We've picked the Peckham IPA as its a great example of really tasty beer that holds the higher alcohol content. Its an American Style IPA that uses Columbus, Chinook, Summit and Citra hops to provide the spice, citrus and tangerine characteristics.
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Tap Social | Bleeding heart numbskulls 5.5%
There is too much to like about Tap Social Movement. The beer is great. They have only been around for a few year's. They are legends. Most importantly though, they work with ex offenders to help them learn new skills and reintegrate into society by offering jobs and internships at their Oxford Brewery.
So to the beer, well Bleeding Heart Numbskulls is unique. A range of sour beers (these are very popular in Europe) the profile changes with the seasons keeping the beer unique and interesting. The beers vary in profile and colour from batch to batch but have the distinctive sour flavour that runs through all of them.
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Beavertown | Neck Oil 4.3%
An old classic on the British craft beer scene is Beavertown's Neck Oil. Beavertown have been doing the rounds since 2011 and they have built a cult following across there heartland London and beyond.
Neck Oil is a super easy drinking Session IPA that uses masses of hop additions during the whirlpool and a huge dose of dry hops make this a brilliantly ‘easy’ IPA. Its a great beer and one that is permanently stocked in the office fridge.
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Northern Monk Brew Co | Northern Star 5.9%
Hailing from Leeds, the Northern Monk Brew Co are crafting some seriously great beers. Established since 2014 they have gathered momentum and a great range of bevvies.
Top of our list from them is the Northern Star, which is a Mocha Porter. The Northern Star Mocha Porter combines coffee and dark malt flavours to a whole new level. Brewed in collaboration with Leeds' coffee roasters North Star, they blend their speciality ground coffee beans into the brew. They also add in dark chocolate for a rounded richness. Delightful.
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