British people! What beer do you drink?
I am curious what brands/types of beer the average people in Britain drink. Say you go to the pub or one of these magical RPS Social Clubs, what are you ordering?
I am also interested in this, as an American beer-lover. (Not American-beer lover: Budweiser, Coors, etc) Always looking for new brews to sample.
When I can get hold of it (ie a few local pubs & shops) then T.E.A (Traditional English Ale) from the Hogsback Brewery here: http://www.hogsback.co.uk/our-beers/
It is mild and light, not too bitter or strong and I like to support small 'Real Ale' (aka microbrewery in US-speak) beers.
Elsewhere I will normally ask if the pub has got any real ales, preferably something local I haven't seen before.
Have a look at the Campaign for Real Ale website for more info about the situation in the UK http://www.camra.org.uk/
Last edited by TeeJay; 03-06-2011 at 07:51 PM.
Around these parts
and this http://bristolbeerfactory.co.uk/
and this http://www.butcombe.com/beers/beers.shtml
all wonderful. From what Americans would call microbreweries or what I'd just call the local beer.
This bein the West Country mind, mostly I drinks cider.
Well, my favourite tipples come from the following breweries:
Black Sheep Brewery
From other parts of UK:
Black Isle Brewery
There are so many microbreweries around, you're spoilt for choice at decent pubs/shops. Not much about the UK makes me proud, but the beer does!
Last edited by Gerbick; 03-06-2011 at 08:58 PM.
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Last time I was in England the server told me that most British people were moving from their traditional Bitter Ales onto easier drinking lagers. Oddly enough he then recommended Stella Atois to us (could have just been making a sale). I remember thinking I didn't travel to England to drink Stella, but I was 16 at the time so I was also kinda stoked to not be getting ID'd. Personally I'm a big fan Of Newcastle Brown Ale and anything from the Guiness family except the cider, which I had a bad experience with and can no longer drink. For the kids out there, Strongbow is not meant to be shotgunned twice in a row, don't do that to yourself.
Yeah, I'm a Bath Ales drinker too. Great stuff, though I'll drink lager (Kronenburg/Stella/Whatever) in a pinch. Oh and Fursty Ferret is very nice too.
Originally Posted by Colonel J
Last edited by Imbecile; 04-06-2011 at 01:13 PM.
Sure is. And Hobgoblin gets a vote from me too. Especially as it was on draught at my wedding venue a few years back. Lovely!
Originally Posted by Imbecile
This thread has reminded me that I've not had a decent pint for several weeks. Rum and wine have got in the way!
Always fond of a pale ale, Hoegaarden would be my first choice. It's not British but hey ho. I'm only a stones throw from these guys and their beer festival is generally awesome, some of that shit is like treacle. Right now though I have in my hand some of that poncy Stella Cidre. It's quite refreshing and comparable to Woodpecker, which was always my drink of choice in my wasted youth.
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All of it! *badoom-tish*
I don't often drink these days, but when I do I usually drink something by Brew Dog, whose main claim to fame is an escalating cold war with a German outfit for the title of strongest beer in the world.
Copper Dragon is my local beer and my favourite. I'm afraid I don't think it's available much outside the town which is a shame. The brewery also has a fantastic gastropub attached to it which does some excellent food as well. If that's not available then Black Sheep is probably the best second choice. Can't really be doing with beer that's not brewed in Yorkshire, apparently.
Thinking we're the same town mate!
Originally Posted by EndelNurk
For me, it would have to be Hoegaarden when it is on tap! Can't get enough of the stuff. After that I would be fairly easy going as to what my tipple of choice would be, it all depends on the mood o'the day.
My favourite ale is called DOOOOOOOOOOOOM
Ok, it's called Doombar..
But when you order it you cry "A pint of DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM please.
Aside from that, a large variety of real ales.
I am a bit of an ale geek.
Oh man I love Doombar. Alas, in my three years of university I found only one pub in all of Reading that served it, and it was bloody expensive. Now I'm back home, however, I'm lucky enough to have it at one of my local pubs for under £3 a pint, which is pretty reasonable around these parts.
Originally Posted by DainIronfoot
Its good to hear mention of Bombardier as well, I recently saw it going for £1 a bottle in Morrisons. Not sure if thats country-wide though, or even if it's still going.
By the way, are there any other Old Empire fans in the house?
Last edited by frenz0rz; 04-06-2011 at 06:45 PM.
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All sorts really.
In terms of genric stuff available pretty much anywhere I favour Guinness, Peroni and Desperados. If I'm feeling particularly extravagent I do enjoy a Leffe. If I'm drinking just to get absolutely smashed I'll lower myself to Becks and Fosters. I will never drink Tennants, Carling, Carlsberg or Miller unless I'm already absolutely steaming and probably only then if they are free or there is no other choice.
However I much prefer to have a nice ale, whether it's a guest ale at a pub or something from one of the established breweries which you can get at the supermarket. Badger are a particular favourite of mine and other breweries that spring to mind are Theakstones, Brakspears, Bellhaven, Brew Dog, Arran, Fullers, Black Sheep, White Horse, Everads and Harvest. In terms of what I like I'm generally a fan of golden, blonde or pale ales but I do like something a bit darker on occasion. About the only thing that turns me off is if something tastes too hoppy. I'm also not a massive fan of bitters as I tend to find they taste a bit bland.
As much as it galls me to say it as a Scotsman I feel that England is marginally superior in terms of choice and quality of ale. I lived in Loughborough for a year and am currently in Oxford and both have had excellent selections. Don't get me wrong Scotland is good (and well represented in my above list of breweries) but England is just that little bit better.
You've reminded me that I'm a big fan of many belgian ales as well. There are a few local pubs (that perhaps RwCC will also be aware of) that have excellent selections.
Originally Posted by Lambchops
I've only had one Scottish ale. It was from a brewery called Stewart's in Edinburgh, I think. I was very impressed as I hadn't expected too much to be honest.
Originally Posted by Lambchops
I would imagine I could! I won't name them publicly, but one of my favourites only does proper lager / cider / beer, no "popular" pub-scene nonsense which makes it slightly expensive - but you pay for quality.
Originally Posted by EndelNurk
Nothing wrong with Tennants friend; once you get past all the chemicals!
Originally Posted by Auspex
A couple of other tipples of choice for me would be:
Anything by Cains (I think this is only served in Liverpool, not seen it elsewhere)
I prefer Bavarian white beer (Weissbier) whenever I can get it (usually that means Erdinger from my local Sainsbury's). But the best beer has to be Franziskaner, which actually tastes of bananas! ... and is sadly hard to come by in the UK.
Bluebird Bitter, but I've never seen it anywhere out of then locale. Windermere Ale (I think it's called, I rarely see it outside own branch of a supermarket) is alright.
As those pesky Yorkshire people have mentioned, Black Sheep is very good (and more widely available). I do love a pint of it.
I am partial to an Asahi. *blush*
Guinness is my "safe drink" (if nothing else is available, Guinness MUST be). Better than Tennets by far (yuck! Soooo cheap though).