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British Map“What two ideas are more inseparable than Beer and Britannia?” asked Rev Sydney Smith and it’s true that beer is a fundamental part of British culture.  Beer is the cornerstone of the village pub, it’s part of so many rites of passage and is far and away the most popular drink in the country. To feed that demand Britain is home to over 1000 breweries and although styles vary by region, with Scotland beer having a bias toward a darker more malty brews and the English beer favouring a lighter hoppy ale, almost all breweries specialise in top-fermented beer production – better known to you and I as ales. 

Despite having a focus on ale production, Britain’s most popular type of beer is lager, largely due to mass production & mass marketing budgets by the huge beer conglomerates although the real fightback started with the establishment of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in the early 1970s & continues today with the Craft Beer revolution.  For reasons covered in our real ale notes this movement is bogged down with definitions of what makes great beer.  However most agree that Britain has a proud brewing tradition and stands out as one of the global ale supremos.

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British beer styles can be very confusing with no universal standard beyond what the brewer chooses to call their beer.  Thus words like best bitter, session beer, special bitter, premium bitter are all different definitions of roughly the same thing and serve no purpose to accurately identify what to expect in the beer.  For us it’s easiest to define beer by their colour as follows:-

Pale Ale – A light refreshing usually hoppy ale with a low to medium alcohol content.  Exceedingly summery!

India Pale Ale – Like pale ale but more bitter and stronger at 5% abv and above.  So called because regular pale ale couldn’t survive the journey by boat to India during the colonial era, so hops and extra alcohol both acted as preservatives to boost the shelf life!

Golden Ale – As the colour darkens the maltiness and strength tend to increase.

Amber/Brown Ales – Deeper Malts, deeper colour, sweeter taste!

Porter & Stout – Today these are the darkest, blackest maltiest beers on the market, although Stout was originally the name given to a “Strong and True” beer rather than a dark one.

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Unfortunately I had issues from start to finish which is quite likely putting my off from ordering again. - After being given a gift voucher - when trying to sign up to the website it was displayed offline and not working. - When I made my order and went to purchase - the transaction was cancelled, after calling there was no reason why it happened but said someone will call me during the week and sort it out. (ordered on a Sunday afternoon, for following Saturday delivery) - After calling on 3 occasions, the transaction was finally put through. - Come Saturday, no delivery. I end up calling on Monday to see what was happening and they had no idea why it happened. Upon further investigation turned out the bottles were damaged in transit so the order got cancelled (?). I was then asked if I would like them re-delivered, which I did, and express delivery was organized. Unfortunately meaning that I would be at work when delivery would happen (hence the request for Saturday delivery). In which I also asked for the beers to be left with a neigbour if I'm not in. They were actually left on my front door instead! Glad none got nicked but it's lazy work by the transit company. Overall, disappointed with the communication, having to talk to 4 different people and not being told/updated what was happening and chasing it when really it should be as easy as click, order, deliver.
Excellent service, beers were delivered 2 days after order and within the 1 hour slot provided. I was using vouchers I had been given which I found a little confusing to get applied but eventually found it. Excellent range of beers, I ordered two different crates. I don't think the value is great given it is an online company and buying non custom crates so would expect lower price per bottle. Wouldn't expect to pay much more for individual bottle in a pub for some of these beers. Some are often in supermarkets for less as well. As mentioned, mine were free as a gift otherwise wouldn't use the site.
Brilliant from start to finish. Quick delivery and the extra little touches in the box were great and made it feel like a premium service. I especially liked the card with tips on how to pour different beers.