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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Raise a bottle of ale to celebrate Beer Day Britain

I know I’ve been banging on about ale a bit lately but an event takes place today that any beer lover should know about.

Britain’s national drink is set to be celebrated for the first time ever in an event aimed at raising awareness of the UK’s great brewing heritage.

Beer Day Britain takes place today with Brits being encouraged to raise a toast and ‘hail the ale’ wherever they may be as well as post photos of themselves on social media enjoying a drink.

Members of the Tesco beer team toast the success of Beer Day Britain

Members of the Tesco beer team toast the success of Beer Day Britain

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Golden ale – the beer helping to change the taste of a nation

I’ll admit now that I’m something of a beer evangelist when it comes to promoting the delights of ale, especially to dyed in the wool lager drinkers.

I’ve got plenty of friends and colleagues for whom drinking lager is a lifestyle choice – a young man’s beer as opposed to ale which has in the past suffered from an unfair reputation for being a drink enjoyed primarily by old fogeys.

Much of that perception had to do with the serving temperature of beer. Lager is served chilled while ale was served at room temperature.

Golden ale - blurring the boundaries between ale and lager

Golden ale – blurring the boundaries between ale and lager

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