38 Best British Beers 2017

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South East

Dark Side of the Moo – Old Dairy Brewery

ABV – 7.0%
Tasting Notes – Imperial Porter with fruity character and spicy chocolate flavours.
Drink it when… Ready to succumb to the dark side of craft beer.

This striking Imperial Porter from the Old Dairy Brewery is a brew that we’re more than certain that Roger Waters and co would’ve approved of way back in 1973. With a fruity character, empowering aroma and surprising spicy chocolate notes, Dark Side of the Moo is an unexpected delight and is without a doubt worth climbing over any walls for (Pink Floyd pun intended).

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Sussex Best Bitter – Harvey’s Brewery

ABV – 4.0%
Tasting Notes – Maris Otter balanced with crystal malts and local hops.
Drink it when… Guzzling down a Sunday roast. Yorkshire puds ‘n’ all. Oomph.

As one of Harvey’s Brewery’s most famous brews, Sussex Best Bitter has a reputation to uphold. So let us be the first to tell you that this beer more than succeeds, and, by all rights, should be so much more than just another local favourite for the people of Sussex. More than earning its place on our list of the UK’s best beers, this is a finely balanced, award-winning bitter that’s ready to take the rest of Britain by storm.  

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The UK's Best Pubs

Big Casino – Dancing Man Brewery

ABV – 5.7%
Tasting Notes – Pine hops and caramel notes with a bitter finish.
Drink it when… You’re feeling lucky!

Ordering a can of Big Casino isn’t a gamble on quality. It’s a gamble on your beer funds for the evening as you’re drawn back to the bar again and again for “just one more round”. Si señors, this IPA is indeed seriously refreshing and seriously drinkable, with “juicy piney hops” as well as notes of caramel with a long, bitter finish to keep the craft beer nerds amongst you happy. Roll the dice on this one, it’s a banker.

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Equinox IPA – Redwell Brewing

ABV – 6.4%
Tasting Notes – Single hop, freshly cut green peppers and citrus fruits.
Drink it when… The sun’s out, the “guns” are out and you’re feeling thirsty.

When summer arrives, most lager lovers reach for their usual can of branded refreshment to brandish by the barbie while they flip burgers (onto the patio) and cremate their sausages (RIP). Don’t be like everybody else. Grab an Equinox IPA and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most unique summer IPA’s we’ve ever seen. A deep marmalade colour betrays the orange citrus flavours within while a quick sip gives you a fresh and unusual burst of green pepper to hold your curiosity.

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