For this week’s blog, I thought I would take a break from sitting sipping a beer and waxing lyrical about why I like it, or not.
Instead, I want to talk about how easy it is to try great new ales these days. After all, this blog is here to try to help people enter the ale market.
You don’t have to go out and seek a real ale pub to find a cracking bottle of beer, though I would recommend trying something new any time you’re in a pub and hunting out those great places to drink.
I have to hand it to British supermarkets for the choice they give, and brewers and distributors for making the beer aisles so exciting.
From Tesco to Lidl and Aldi, you can find beer of all styles. I made a rare visit to Morrisons today and found a particularly good range, picking up bottles from great regional brewers, including Jennings, Mordue and Maxim.
Thanks to competition, the value to be found in supermarkets is also customer-friendly, with multi-buys available in most.
In pubs, there is a great range to be found, too, and I would urge people to pick a pint or bottle that they’ve never had before. On an annual Cup Final Day out with my friends last Saturday, I managed to find a beer I’ve never had before in every pub we visited, including BrewDog, which had a particularly interesting new brew, the grapefruit-infused Elvis Juice, on offer.
We are at the start of a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, so my challenge to you is this: take advantage of this availability and, whether you’re out and about, or having a barbeque at home, try something different and challenge your tastebuds.
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I’m 44, I don’t (always) have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more