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British beers to try before you die (14 Photos)
Sadly you can’t buy KCCO beer here in the UK yet, but here are some decent alternatives you could sip on this weekend:
Sharp’s Brewery Doom Bar
Sharp’s Original was the first beer brewed at the brewery by Bill Sharp in July 1994 ready for the brewery’s opening that summer. Still brewed in small batches and to the original recipe, Original is a magnificent, authentic and moreish example of the traditional English Ale style.
Fuller’s Brewery London Porter
The last family-owned brewery in London, A modern take on the 19th century porter style, Fuller’s rich, chocolatey London Porter recaptures the brooding beauty of pre-Victorian London. It’s evocative of simpler times but it’s a wonderfully complex pint.
Ringwood Brewery Old Thumper
Ringwood’s most iconic beer was first brewed in late 1979 without a name. A competition in the local press inspired Joe Leedham from Broadstone, Dorset to come up with a suitable suggestion!
Camden Town Brewery Hells Lager
Inspired by Germany, delivered for London. Combining two of our favourite beer styles into one, we take the crisp, dry body of a German-style Pilsner and give it the gentle hopping of a Helles to create the beer we really want to drink – wanting this beer is the reason we decided to start a brewery
BrewDog Punk IPA
Layered with new world hops to create an explosion of tropical fruit and an all-out riot of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee before a spiky bitter finish, this is transatlantic fusion running at the fences of lost empires.
Otley Brewing Co. O8 Premium
These Welsh brewers are mavericks. Ditching any pretense of being traditional, they went in a wholly new direction — as evidenced by their clean, modern look and feel — and are constantly pushing to see how far they can take their brews. The O8 is the continuation of an idea that started with the original O1 amber ale. Taken a few steps (and percentages) further, O8 pushes the flavour toward big and bold, with an intense sweetness, alongside subtle notes of pepper, smoke, and leather.
Meantime Raspberry Wheat
Based on a pale, lightly hopped wheat beer, the refreshingly crisp fruitiness, aroma and rich colour come from the addition of fresh raspberry puree during maturation.
The Kernel IPA
The Kernel has been one of the big leaders in the Bermondsey craft beer scene for a while now. Housed in one of the railway arches, it’s released a bunch of different IPAs, each with their own unique quirks and ABVs — all of which are available at different times. Saturday sessions used to be held at the brewery, where you could hang out and drink where it was all made, but the idea started to outgrow itself, and the brewery recently scaled back into just operating a bottle shop instead.
Harvey’s Brewery Sussex Best Bitter
The oldest independent brewery in Sussex, Harvey’s has pretty much become synonymous with its blue-labeled Best Bitter. Seen in pubs across the country, it’s a pretty classic, full-bodied bitter, with a good amount of hops and a dry finish. This classic started life in 1955 and has been carrying on the tradition ever since — even picking up a number of awards along the way.
Harviestoun Brewery Ola Dubh 16
This Scottish brewery does things a little differently. Starting with an Old Ale-style beer, it takes things up a notch by aging it in oak casks that formerly held Highland Park 16-year-old single malt Scotch. This lends the brew some aspects of a stout, without much of the heaviness. The subtle flavours of roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee, plus hints of smoky peat, make Ola Dubh 16 a very unique sipper — best had around room temperature.
Dark Star Brewing Co. Hophead
An extremely clean-drinking pale golden ale with a strong floral aroma and elderflower notes from the Cascade hops. This beer is full-bodied and full-flavoured yet gentle enough to make it a favourite session beer.
Timothy Taylor Landlord
Family-owned for over 150 years, Timothy Taylor produces the classic Landlord, which had some serious media buzz back in 2003, when Madonna said it was her favourite beer. This pale bitter is an easy-drinking favourite, golden in colour, this beer offers flavours that lean towards the crisp and citrus.