Olympics 2012 – Medal-Worthy English Ales

The 2012 Olympic Games in London is underway! If it’s been awhile since you had a good pint of English ale, what better occasion than now to skip across the pond (figuratively speaking of course) and reacquaint yourself with some world-class bitters, porters and stouts? Of course, it’s only appropriate to enjoy some locally-brewed craft beer while cheering for Team USA, but if you can tear yourself away for just a few pints, we guarantee you’ll be happy you did so….and you might just learn something in the meantime. Below you’ll find an extensive list of delicious English brews…and ciders too. Definitely can’t forget the beloved English ciders – usually enjoyed over a tall glass of ice. Cheers!

Fullers – Chiswick, England
ESB – 96 Points Ratebeer.com / Winner of 3 CAMRA Beer of the Year Awards; arguably the standard for ESBs in England

London Porter – 100 Points Ratebeer.com and widely regarded as the World’s Finest Porter! “Rich, dark and complex with an outstanding depth of flavour.”

London Pride – A classic English session brew…”rich, smooth and wonderfully balanced beer; its distinctively malty base is complemented by a well-developed hop character…” 90 Points Ratebeer.com

Meantime Brewing Company – London, England

 IPA – A world-class IPA brewed with over 2lbs of Fuggles and Goldings hops per barrel; 93 Points Ratebeer.com

Porter – Recipe dates back to 1750s London; named the Worlds Best Porter in 2009 at World Beer Awards

Naval College Old Porter – A special release 8% ABV blend of 2-yr old porter and new porter; aged 24 months in used Bruichladdich Octomore barrels

Wells & Youngs – Bedford, England

Youngs Chocolate Stout – brewed with real dark chocolate and chocolate essence; luxurious and decadent; sinful but not overly sweet

Wells Banana Bread – People go bananas (sorry) for this English Ale brewed with real fair-trade bananas. “…fruity roughness of winter barley and toffeeish sweetness of crystal malt…hugely tempting aroma of bananas; creamy head; firm, silky body.” – reknown beer writer Michael Jackson

Wells Bombardier – A 4.7% English Bitter brewed with Crystal Malt and Challenger and Goldings hops. More malt used than any other premium English bitter on the market

Thornbridge Brewery – Derbyshire England

 2010 UK brewer of the Year

Halcyon – a dry-hopped English Double IPA brewed with 100% Marris Otter malts
97 points Ratebeer.com

Jaipur IPA – 2010 Great British Beer Festival Gold Medal winner in the Strong Bitter category; 95 points Ratebeer.com

Kipling – called a “South Pacific Pale Ale” because of the use of Nelson Sauvin hops. Thornbridge was the first UK brewery to use these native New Zealand hops with a signature grapefruit aroma. 94 Points Ratebeer.com

Puja IPA – A 6.7% Imperial Jasmine IPA brewed in collaboration with Dark Star Brewing Company

Coniston Brewing Company – Coniston, England
Bluebird Bitter – 3.6% English bitter brewed with Maris Otter, Crystal malt and Challenger hops. “Juicy malt and tart hops vie for attention in the mouth while the finish is tart and hoppy but well balanced by creamy malt.” – Roger Protz – CAMRA
Adnams Brewery – Southwold, England
Broadside – A 6% English Bitter; bisquity, tart and bitter with loads of fruitcake aromas; brewed to commemorate the fierce Battle of Sole Bay fought against the Dutch Republic in 1672 

SSB – “Suffolk Special Bitter” 4.5%, bitter; crisp, dry and refreshing; Rated 96 Points by the Alstrom Brothers on Beer Advocate

Salopian Brewery – Shrewsbury, England

 Entire Butt Porter – The term “Entire Butt” refers to the blending of a variety of ales used to create this style. This historical rendition is brewed with 14 different malts and 3 types of hops.

RCH Brewery – Weston Super Mare, England 

Old Slug Porter – a traditional porter with notes of chocolate, cherry, black currant and black cherry; “slug” refers to the lacing that forms slowly on the beer glass as you enjoy this rich and delicious ale

Greene King – Bury St. Edmunds

 Wexford Irish Cream Ale
A traditional Irish recipe dating back to 1810. Only the finest ingredients are used to ensure a smooth mellow creaminess

Abbot Ale
Tons of fruitcake and toffee aromas; Rich and malty with an intense bittersweet finish; named for the last Abbot of Bury St. Edmunds



Aspall Cyder – Suffolk, England 

Dry – The family’s flagship cider; dry, creamy and tart with good tannins and an elegant finish
Demisec – Lightly sweet with a dry finish; 93 points – World Beer Championships 
Organic – Medium bodied, earthy and spicy; Gold Medal Winner at 2011 International Cider Challenge 
Perronelle’s Blush – A blend of cider and blackberry liquer; smooth, silky and refreshing with the perfect balance between sweet and tart

Blackthorn – Shepton Mallet, England

 A classic dry English cider made with bittersweet apples that are high in tannins and low in acid. A favorite among the locals since 1972


And..in case you missed it, beer journalist and HBCO friend John Holl recently did a segment on English beer on NBC New York. Be sure to check out the video clip below!

View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.


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