Between Brexit and worldwide viral infections, getting stuff into Britain isn’t going to be as easy as it once was.
That’s not to make light of either issue. It’s a fact that, going forward, sourcing what we want to buy is going to be easier if we can get it locally. For many things, that won’t be a big issue. There’s some stuff that Britain is really rather good at, and making beer is one of them.
There will be very few of us that aren’t aware of beer delivery / subscription companies. Best of British Beer are another company who will package together a hand-picked selection of quality beers and send them to your door. The name, however, gives away their unique angle. All the beers they send out are sourced from within Britain.
I was sent a case of six beers from the Best of British Beer Craft Beer Club. This included six x 500ml bottles of assorted ales, a Best of British Beer glass and tasting notes with a pub quiz.
Inside the box are four English beers, one Scottish and one Welsh. The beers include an IPA, two bitters, a golden ale, a porter and a stout. This is therefore quite a broad example of traditional styles you’ll find from British breweries.
I’m introduced to Lancaster Black – a dark velvet plush stout. It’s billed as a ‘classic, traditional stout’ by the Lancaster brewery. They could have added ‘perfectly balanced, smooth and delicious’. It’s one of the nicest stouts I’ve ever tasted.
I mention the fact that the bottles are 500ml because this is pretty rare nowadays. Many of the beer boxes you get have 330ml bottles or cans. You have to factor this in when you’re comparing different beer subscription companies. It’s not unusual to pour a bottle of beer into a pint glass and find that it just goes over halfway, leaving you feeling a little short-changed. You don’t get that with 500ml bottles.
The Ballast Porter is as much of a pleasant surprise as the Lancaster Black. Up until a couple of years ago, porters and stouts were not my thing, but tastes develop. The coffee and vanilla blend is a sublime post-dinner treat. It’s through the Best of British Beer box that I’m discovering these beers, which I’ll definitely return to.
I’m less taken with the Coach House Blueberry classic bitter, but my wife tastes it and declares herself a fan. Such is life.
Being a Scot in Scotland, I’m already well-versed with the Williams Bros’ Joker IPA, and am well-versed with it’s hoppy delights. The Tomos Watkin OSB (Old Style Bitter) was another truly wonder beer. So delicious that I appear to have neglected to take it’s picture for this post. That, alone, must surely be a measure of it’s quality.
The Best of British Beer Craft Beer Club costs £24 per month for the six bottles, which includes postage. That’s actually about the same as some other companies charge for 6 x 330ml bottles. From the selection I was sent, it’s clear that they only send out top quality beers, so your money will be well spent.
Best of British Beer : website
Those lovely folk at Best of British Beer are giving you a change to win yourselves a Craft Beer Club box as detailed above. Simply enter using the widget below by 31st March 2020 at midnight and a lucky winner will be getting some quality beer pretty soon…
Terms and Conditions
1. Closing date is 31st March 2020 at midnight.
2. The prize is a Best of British Beer Craft Beer Club including 6 bottles of beer.
3.Entrants must be 18 or over and reside in the UK.
4. No cash alternative.
5. The winner will be picked from all valid entries at random.
6. Don’t use multiple email address to enter the competition. Entries suspected of cheating will be invalidated.
7. The winner will be contacted within 7 days of the draw date. They will be notified and will have 7 days to respond. In the event that no response is received, a further winner will be drawn and so on.