Names such as Dead Pony Club and Brew Dog Punk may not be on the tip of your tongue when ordering a drink at your local, but if you want to look like a trendsetter in the pub or among your friends, then craft beers are the way to go. No fewer than 30 little independent breweries opened last year in London alone, and brewing has just returned to the centre of Bradford after a gap of almost six decades thanks to a new lust for beer. In Edinburgh, Bellfield Brewery is also set to launch Britain’s first ever craft brewery specialising in gluten-free beer this summer, so there really is no excuse not to give it a try. If you fancy enjoying a glass – or two – in the comfort of your own home, here are four brews guaranteed to make the taste buds tingle.
St Peter’s Golden Ale is made using English hops and traditional malts to create a fresh and delicate ale with a grainy after-taste. It’s a little bottle of Suffolk beauty from one of the country’s best small breweries. Thornbridge Wild Swan Pale Ale is another light and airy brew from a name that has become synonymous with great independent beers. If you want a drink to refresh you on a warm evening or restore you when it’s cold outside, Wild Swan is a really great choice.
If you want a tried and tested ale that is really easy to drink (maybe a little too easy), then try Black Sheep Ale from a Yorkshire brewery that has survived through six generations. There’s no doubt that these folk really know what they’re doing. For a rich, citrusy brew, pour yourself a glass of Arundel Sussex Gold. You’ll understand why the brewery behind this one is an award winner by the time you’ve finished your first slurp.