Unique map of British ales reveals UK’s brewing hotspots

Great Brew-tain - a map showing the UK's 25 favourite bottled ales

Great Brew-tain – a map showing the UK’s 25 favourite bottled ales

When it comes to producing the UK’s favourite bottled beers Suffolk is the UK’s champion – a unique ale map of Britain can reveal.

The East Anglian county is home to five of Britain’s most popular bottled ales including the No 1 top seller, Old Speckled Hen.

Other Suffolk ales making it into the top 25 list include Old Crafty Hen, Abbot, Broadside and Old Golden Hen.

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Never mind the cold snap, the first English strawberries are here

The first English strawberries which were picked near Faversham, Kent on Wednesday - Photo credit Mercury Press/Andy Barnes

The first English strawberries which were picked near Faversham, Kent on Wednesday – Photo credit Mercury Press/Andy Barnes

Spring is around the corner.

Despite the recent coldsnap the first English strawberries of the year have just gone on sale – four days earlier than last year.

The fruit was grown by Kent grower S&A Produce and it’s the first time for many years that the county has won the race to get the first strawberries on sale.

The coup has been made possible because of three factors:
• The mild winter
• New state of the art production techniques
• An early flowering variety called Fleurette.

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