Celebrate Beer Day Britain With These Five Great Beers

For beer lovers in the UK, June 15th is a significant date. It's Beer Day Britain: national beer day. To celebrate, award-winning beer sommelier and instigator of Beer Day Britain, Jane Peyton, has rounded up five great beers for you to try...

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The purpose of Beer Day Britain is to have a nationwide party and celebrate the national drink.  June 15th is also significant because it is the date that Magna Carta was sealed in 1215.  Ale is mentioned in Magna Carta, with Clause 35 of the great charter stating: 'Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely the London quarter’, proving beer has been essential in this country for millennia and still is!

The focus of the day is the National Cheers To Beer at 7pm when beer lovers across the country are united as they drink beer and post a social media message using the hashtag #CheersToBeer. This activity is very popular with beer drinkers and the hashtag has trended on Twitter each year since Beer Day Britain’s first year in 2015.

This year, Beer Day Britain falls just before Father’s Day on Sunday June 17th and also coincides with the start of the FIFA World Cup, so that's three good reasons to raise a glass and say Cheers To Beer!

Best for Watching the World Cup 

Wandle by Sambrook’s 3.8% ABV 

A quaffable easy drinking bitter that maintains the refreshment during a long session watching the footy.   

£2.25 from Sambrook’s

Best for Hop Heads

Transmission by North Brew Co 6.5% ABV 

A blast of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit from bushels of New World hops in this big American style IPA. This Leeds-based brewery needs a new mantlepiece for all the awards it has won since it opened in 2015.  It was crowned Overall Champion keg beer in the Society of Independent Brewers Association 2018. 

£3.40 from Hop Hideout

Best for a Sunday Roast with the family on Father’s Day 

Hop a Doodle Doo by Brewster’s 4.3% ABV 

Sunday roast and British ale – what could be better? Hop a Doodle Doo is an amber beer with a good balance of sweet caramel malts and bitter grapefruit hops. At 4.3% ABV it is in session beer territory meaning that a long lunch with the lovely family is on the cards. 

£2.80 from The Real Ale Store

Best for Converting a Wine or Cider Drinker to Beer 

Coolship by Elgood’s 6% ABV 

This beer is tangy, and almost wine-like with a complex fruity sour character. Style-wise it falls into the sour ale category. It is fermented by wild yeast and other microflora and these bestow the acidity. It has zero bitterness, so for people who do not drink beer because they do not like bitterness this is one to bamboozle them with. Get them to blind taste it without knowing it is beer and watch their face when you reveal what it is. 

£4.30 from Elgood’s

Best for Going Over to the Dark Side

Ola Dubh by Harviestoun Brewery 8% ABV

Imperial Russian Stout is an intense style of beer in body and flavour.  It has a huge, rich, dark chocolate, treacle, full bodied personality. The name translates as  ‘Black Oil’ in Scots Gaelic. Don’t be put off unless you do not like whisky because this Scottish beer is aged in Highland Park barrels and has a distinct whisky aroma and flavour. 

£4.88 from Beers of Europe

Post your own National Cheers To Beer @BeerDayBritain and on FaceBook at facebook.com/beerdaybritain   


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