Best of British Beer


Best of British Beer

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.

Best of British Beer

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.

Best of British Beer

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.

Best of British Beer

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

Giveaway

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…

Best of British Beer

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.

 

84 Comments

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    Peter Watson
    15th March 2020
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    East Anglia has always made the best beer.Adnams and Woodforde’s are currently ther best.

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    Mel Pennie
    15th March 2020
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    Yorkshire . . . Tetley Beer, Theakston, Black Sheep, Timothy Taylor and many more. We love our beer ?

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    ROBERT MCINTOSH
    15th March 2020
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    SCOTLAND – FRAOCH IS BRILLIANT

    • Grant
      15th March 2020
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      The Williams Bros again, and a heather ale.

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        16th March 2020
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        I’d not heard of this company before, thanks for the heads up! There might only be one bottle a box I like, but hubby will drink them all ?

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          Gaynor Neal
          31st March 2020
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          I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

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      Deborah Clarke
      30th March 2020
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      Yorkshire for me. Can’t beat a pint of Yorkshire ale.

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      Deborah Clarke
      30th March 2020
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      Yorkshire for me. Can’t beat a pint of Yorkshire ale.

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    Sylvia Dixon
    15th March 2020
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    I love some of the smaller Yorkshire breweries, wonderful ales.

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    Janine Phillips
    15th March 2020
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    Scotland

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    Vikki Bowker
    15th March 2020
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    Devon, without a doubt! We have some great local breweries and distilleries! My favourite gin is Atlantic Spirit – Lemon and Thyme!

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    Angela Treadway
    15th March 2020
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    definitely devon!

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    Sheena Batey
    15th March 2020
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    Yorkshire I reckon there are some great craft beers produced there

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    Priscilla Stubbs
    15th March 2020
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    I’d like to say Wales but it is probably Yorkshire!

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      Jo Dawkins
      15th March 2020
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      Kent! Hops, vineyards and orchards. They dont call it the garden of England for nothing!

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        sarah morris
        31st March 2020
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        Pembrokeshire

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    Hazel Rea
    15th March 2020
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    I would say East Anglia – Adnams is hard to beat.

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    Caroline Tinsley
    15th March 2020
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    Definitely Staffordshire! Titanic and Lymestone make some great beers.

    • Grant
      15th March 2020
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      The Titanic brewery makes some delicious beers!

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        Rachael Sexey
        16th March 2020
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        Derbyshire definitely

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    Katie
    15th March 2020
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    Shropshire for me

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    fiona waterworth
    15th March 2020
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    Yorkshire does some great types of beer

    • Grant
      15th March 2020
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      They do. I love the Saltaire Brewery’s beers.

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    Charlotte Isobelle
    16th March 2020
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    Ooo Cornwall!

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    james jordan
    16th March 2020
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    Fantastic Prize ? keeping my fingers crossed ?

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    Andrew Ricketts
    16th March 2020
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    Has to be Cornwall

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    Samantha M
    16th March 2020
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    I live in Scotland now but would definitely say Yorkshire 🙂

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    Gemma Massey
    16th March 2020
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    Has to be Cornwall for me

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    Charlotte Bell
    16th March 2020
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    Is this a quiz question or opinion lol. I would say Kent.

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    pete c
    16th March 2020
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    has gotta be Yorkshire-an abundance of small and larger breweries

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    Solange
    16th March 2020
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    Yorkshire

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    Rebecca Sutton
    16th March 2020
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    Cider from Somerset, they do some really nice flavours

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    GEOFF WICKENS
    17th March 2020
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    CORNWALL

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    Christine Caple
    17th March 2020
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    I would say Cornwall.

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    Clara Roberts
    18th March 2020
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    Scotland

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    Ursula Hunt
    18th March 2020
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    Must be Yorkshire

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    Natalie Burgess
    18th March 2020
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    Devon xx

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    Emily Hutchinson
    20th March 2020
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    Yorkshire – Old Peculiar!

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    amy watson
    20th March 2020
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    lincolnshire – batemans summer swallow is lovely

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    Ruth Harwood
    21st March 2020
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    Lancashire xx

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    Samantha Jayne Brown
    21st March 2020
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    brilliant

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    Susan B
    22nd March 2020
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    Devon makes the best beer in the UK.

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    Julie Ward
    22nd March 2020
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    I would say Lancashire, only because I live there

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    S Greiff
    22nd March 2020
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    Yorkshire as a rule.
    Though I do like Brains brewery (Wales) and Harveys (East Sussex)

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      Sue Carter
      31st March 2020
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      I’m a fan of the Hopback Brewery beers – particularly Crop Circle – so I would have to say Wiltshire.

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    K
    26th March 2020
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    I’ve no idea, but it’d would be fun finding out. X

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    kim neville
    26th March 2020
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    Yorkshire

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    Carol
    28th March 2020
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    Adnams Brewery Southwold in Suffolk SIMPLY THE BEST

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    Dan
    28th March 2020
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    Yorkshire has some great stuff!

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    Lorraine
    29th March 2020
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    Suffolk/Norfolk produce a lot of great beers: Woodfordes, Adnams etc.

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    lynn neal
    29th March 2020
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    Southwold has the best!

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    natalie s
    29th March 2020
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    Kent!

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    Carole Nott
    29th March 2020
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    The Garden of England

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    donna jones
    29th March 2020
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    Scotland

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    Amanda Deacon
    29th March 2020
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    There are so many fab brewery’s its hard to choose. My husband brews his own all grain and its lovely. Stinks the house out though lol

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    Sheri Darby
    29th March 2020
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    Yorkshire

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    Andrew
    30th March 2020
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    For me it’s Yorkshire , great organic beers and lagers .

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    Sophie Roberts
    30th March 2020
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    Definitely Yorkshire!

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    James Travis
    30th March 2020
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    I’d say the West Midlands

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    30th March 2020
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    I don’t really know the answer – perhaps Bristol?

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    paul jackson
    30th March 2020
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    South West cider

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    Susan Smith
    31st March 2020
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    Suffolk

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    31st March 2020
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    Yorkshire

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    31st March 2020
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    Cornish Crown Brewery

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    Geoff Hibbert
    31st March 2020
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    The North West

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    Linda Bird
    31st March 2020
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    Good old Norfolk, of course!

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    31st March 2020
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    Which ever area I am in

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    fiona d
    31st March 2020
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    Rutland! A bit niche I know but some stonking stuff comes from round the Rutland area

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    31st March 2020
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    Cornwall is my husband favourite place for beer

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    Adrian Bold
    31st March 2020
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    Cornwall has the best.

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    Jeanette Leighton
    31st March 2020
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    Cornwall would definitely be my first choice

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    Jessica Barber
    31st March 2020
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    Cornwall – Cornish beer is the best!

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    sandy lynn ralph
    31st March 2020
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    my husband said he thinks the best is from Yorkshire

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    Sarah Pope
    31st March 2020
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    Shropshire in my opinion

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    floss
    31st March 2020
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    Derbyshire as we’ve got 65 different breweries across the county

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    Petra Beck
    31st March 2020
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    Kent – vineyards, apples, hops… growing all the best ingredients for wine, cider and beer

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    linda curtis
    31st March 2020
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    Yorkshire beers there is some great varieties

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    caroline watson
    31st March 2020
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    My husband would love this

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    Denise walton
    31st March 2020
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    Yorkshire

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    Sara Dean
    31st March 2020
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    Love to win

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    Tracy B
    31st March 2020
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    Hmm I think I’ll need to taste test from all the different areas to answer this question truthfully but for now I’ll go with East Anglia

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    paula cheadle
    31st March 2020
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    Has to be Staffordshire

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    A.E. ADKINS
    31st March 2020
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    So difficult because my fav beers are from different areas, as Adnams is probably highest on my list, I’ll plump for East Anglia

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    AndiG
    31st March 2020
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    Northamptonshire, Towcester MIll brewery do a few good ones

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