Best of British Beer : Review


If my previous beer posts don’t point to some level of expertise in the subject, my Dad belly posts are testament to a high degree of ale ingestion.

Looking for the Postman is no stranger to beer delivery / subscription companies. Best of British Beer are another company who will package together a hand-picked selection of quality beers and send them to your door. The name, however, gives away their unique angle. All the beers they send out are sourced from within Britain.

They are clearly very passionate about their field and I was excited to receive the “Award Winners Case”. It contains twelve bottles which, between them, have “won at least 60 awards including Best Speciality Beer, International Beer Challenge, Champion Beer of Britain and numerous CAMRA, Taste and SIBA gold medals”. It costs £37.50 for 12 x 500ml bottles and a rather snazzy Best of British Beer pint glass.

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The box is sturdy and delivery is quick. While this selection is all from England & Wales, Best of British Beer does provide an excellent selection of Scottish beer too.

Best of British Beer

I was, however, delighted to see a couple of beers from the Titanic Brewery. When I first got into ales, Titanic were a favourite of mine, particularly their Iceberg APA. (They used to make the chestnut and green hop ales for Morrissons which were sublime).

Best of British Beer

Many of the other beers & breweries were new to me, which is really what boxes like this are all about. It’s a tasty education and a wonderful way to expand your beer palate. So, how did this selection go down?

Review

This is a great advert for British Beer. Breweries here are embracing new world hops, which is great news for citrus-heads like me. The aforementioned Iceberg is an absolute delight. Slightly chilled, this is a beer I could enjoy by the crateload. Refreshing and delicious.

Best of British Beer

Manor Ale’s Hobsons is lovely for hop-lovers too, who I believe would also be partial to the Wold Top Blonde Beer. There are a fine selection of golden, premium and bitter ales in the mix. The Titanic Plum Porter also added depth to the selection. (I must admit to not being a fan of darker ales. Usually, the Award Winners Case has a couple more porters / stouts than this box.)

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It’s to be expected, I guess, that you can’t love 12 beers out of 12 when there’s such a varied collection. The inverse, though, is that you are going to meet something wonderful that you’ve not met before.

In this case that beer is Pennine Pale from the Allendale Brewery. Wow! This was love at first taste. Colombus, Cascade and Citra hops have never been better mixed.

And this is why this box is a winner. Pennine Pale would not ordinarily have crossed my path but, thanks to Best of British Beer, I have a new favourite beer!

Overall, I’d recommend Best of British Beer. It would make a great gift idea for a beer lover or a nice treat for anyone looking to discover some new British ales

190 Comments

  1. janet humphrey
    6 July 2016
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    Real ale of course

  2. Joanne Beale
    6 July 2016
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    Arran Blond

  3. Bev
    6 July 2016
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    Robinson’s trooper a!e!

  4. iain maciver
    6 July 2016
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    cider

  5. kelly mobbs
    6 July 2016
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    wine

  6. Margaret Gallagher
    6 July 2016
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    Champagne

  7. Gillian Brewster
    6 July 2016
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    Husband is a real ale man. He’s a big fan of Wylam Brewery

  8. pete c
    6 July 2016
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    Dandelion & Burdock

  9. Kim M
    6 July 2016
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    Elderflower cordial % Gin

    • 19 April 2017
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      This “free sharing” of inftomarion seems too good to be true. Like communism.

  10. Andrew Petrie
    6 July 2016
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    Abbots Ale.

  11. Simon C
    6 July 2016
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    Anything from the Hogsback Brewery.

  12. 6 July 2016
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    Boddington’s Bitter

  13. Keivn000
    6 July 2016
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    A jug of Pimms

  14. Mary Chez
    6 July 2016
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    Cider

  15. Pat Stubbs
    6 July 2016
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    Proper cider like Stowford

  16. karen wells
    6 July 2016
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    whisky or cider

  17. pam Lawrence
    6 July 2016
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    Elderflower pressé (hubby is the dedicated beer drinker of the family!)

  18. John J
    7 July 2016
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    Abbot’s Ale

  19. Paul Wilson
    7 July 2016
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    I like a good Perry Cider.

  20. Laura Bryant
    7 July 2016
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    Any fruity my cider

  21. Julie T
    7 July 2016
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    Rosey Nosey by Batemans

  22. Stephanie Green
    7 July 2016
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    Abbot’s Ale

  23. Jim M
    7 July 2016
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    Bishop’s Finger

  24. 7 July 2016
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    boddingtons. lovely jubbly

  25. Susan Crosswaite
    7 July 2016
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    Strawberry Pimms

  26. Kathryn Davies
    7 July 2016
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    Bishop’s Finger is delicious

  27. Amanda
    7 July 2016
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    White wine

  28. Jayne Townson
    7 July 2016
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    Cider for me.

  29. Laura Jeffs
    7 July 2016
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    Probably Pimm’s 😉

  30. Geoff Hibbert
    7 July 2016
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    Summer Lightning from Hop Back Brewery

  31. Andrea Storey
    7 July 2016
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    Difficult to choose (especially with so many amazing new breweries popping up), but Tyne Banks Cherry Stout or Titanics Plum Porter are huge favourites of mine.

  32. Lorna Kennedy
    7 July 2016
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    I love a drop of Theakston’s Old Peculier!

  33. alex cook
    7 July 2016
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    Theakston Old Peculiar

  34. Heather Haigh
    7 July 2016
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    Old fashioned lemoade.

  35. CHRISTINE SUTHERLAND
    7 July 2016
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    Sam Smiths Taddy lager

    • Janet Cutler
      9 July 2016
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      Theakstons Old Peculiar

  36. Marycarol
    7 July 2016
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    Bishop’s finger x

  37. Cherry Edwards
    7 July 2016
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    Ginger beer, alcoholic where possible !

  38. Andrea Miles
    7 July 2016
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    Sarah Hughes ruby,, I love a good real ale

  39. Iris Tilley
    7 July 2016
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    Sidecar cocktail cognac orange liquor ????

  40. Katie Kingsbury
    7 July 2016
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    Yorkshire tea!

  41. stephen smith
    7 July 2016
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    spitfire by shepherd neame

  42. julie feathers
    7 July 2016
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    • 19 April 2017
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      Call me wind because I am ablueotlsy blown away.

  43. Sharon Jackson
    7 July 2016
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    I’m partial to a nice cold Speckled Hen Ale by Morland 🙂

  44. lucy higgins
    7 July 2016
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    wainwrights beer

  45. Melanie Chambers
    7 July 2016
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    Brew Dog’s Punk IPA

  46. amy bondoc
    7 July 2016
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    Dandelion & Burdock

  47. Carole E
    7 July 2016
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    Real ale for my hubby and strawberry pimms for me

  48. Amanda Trelfa
    7 July 2016
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    Newcastle Brown Ale

  49. cheryl hadfield
    7 July 2016
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    Light ale for the husbter and wine for me

  50. Alana Walker
    7 July 2016
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    A refreshing glass of Pimms.

  51. Jo Carroll
    7 July 2016
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    London Pride

  52. helen tovell
    7 July 2016
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    Good old English cider

  53. William Gould
    8 July 2016
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    I love a good varied selection of British Beers! I’m on Caffrey’s at the moment!

  54. angela boucher
    8 July 2016
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    Has to be Pimms.

  55. Zandra Higgs
    8 July 2016
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    Lovely to try new beers

  56. David Thomson
    8 July 2016
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    St. Austell Tribute Premium Pale Ale.

  57. joanne casey
    8 July 2016
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    Non alcoholic would be tea, alcoholic – pimms

  58. Rachel Craig
    8 July 2016
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    Irn Bru.

  59. LISA
    8 July 2016
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    Pimms

  60. Sophie Ade
    8 July 2016
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    Pimms

  61. Graham Ross
    9 July 2016
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    Spitfire Ale

  62. Maxine G
    9 July 2016
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    Elderflower champagne – home made of course – a real taste of summer!

  63. Steve Wilson-Leach
    9 July 2016
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    Yorkshire Tea

  64. Susan Smith
    9 July 2016
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    Carlsberg

  65. Kimberley Ryan
    9 July 2016
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    yorkshire tea

  66. Herbert Appleby
    9 July 2016
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    Bishop’s Finger

  67. 9 July 2016
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    Newcastle Brown Ale 🙂 X x

  68. Natalie Gillham
    9 July 2016
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    Gin and tonic

  69. Solange
    9 July 2016
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    Pimms

  70. Louise Smith
    9 July 2016
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    Pimms

  71. The Ross
    10 July 2016
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    A strong dark ruby ale

  72. Gemma Massey
    10 July 2016
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    Wine xx

  73. Phil O'neill
    10 July 2016
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    Newcastle Brown Ale 🙂

    • 19 April 2017
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      Yo, that’s what’s up trthlfuuly.

  74. Kim Styles
    10 July 2016
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    Pimms

  75. Simon Tinsley
    10 July 2016
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    Isle of Jura single malt

  76. Ruth Harwood
    11 July 2016
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    Local beers are really tasty, but I don’t really have a fave, just like to sample them all when I can xx

  77. Judith Allen
    11 July 2016
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    Cider. And Irn Bru, although azo dyes give me blotches, so I can only have cheap supermarket versions with vegetable dye.

  78. 12 July 2016
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    wine

  79. Kelly cooper
    12 July 2016
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    Love ales speckled hen is my favourite at the moment

  80. Stevie
    12 July 2016
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    I like a nice glass of Newcastle Brown.

  81. West Country Cider!

  82. James Harris
    12 July 2016
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    Proper Job IPA by St. Austell Brewery

  83. Rachel Butterworth
    12 July 2016
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    Dandelion and Burdock

  84. Carly Belsey
    13 July 2016
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    Revisionist Wheat beer, thanks for the chance 🙂

  85. steven young
    13 July 2016
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    Love a Deuchars IPA

  86. Paul von der Fecht
    13 July 2016
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    Stowford Press cider.

  87. LOUISE GAZELEY
    14 July 2016
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    Shandy made wuth Real Ale and Ginger Beer

  88. Jemma Dwyer
    14 July 2016
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    english cider

  89. JULIE WARD
    14 July 2016
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    Old English or Woodpecker cider

  90. Samantha
    15 July 2016
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    Devonshire tea

  91. Chris Fletcher
    15 July 2016
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    I loved the recent Camden Brewery’s smoked lager – it was brilliant

  92. Glyn Williams
    15 July 2016
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    Ale is my favourite 😀

  93. CAROL PATRICK
    15 July 2016
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    Rose Wine for me, Beer for hubby

  94. katrina walsh
    16 July 2016
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    Pimms with all the trimmings

  95. 17 July 2016
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    pimms x

  96. Marie Carr
    17 July 2016
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    Ginger beer ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ????

  97. Michaela Hannah
    18 July 2016
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    A good old cup of tea

  98. Jean Vaughan
    18 July 2016
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    Ice cold Somerset cider straight from the brewers cask.

  99. sandy ralph
    18 July 2016
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    i love the fruity flavored ciders

  100. Tricia Cowell
    18 July 2016
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    Pimms with lots of ice

  101. Leanne Bell
    18 July 2016
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    A nice cup of tea 🙂

  102. jayne hobson
    19 July 2016
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    bucks fizz

  103. Sam McKean
    19 July 2016
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    A nice proper cider!

  104. Hannah Ingham
    19 July 2016
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    Pimms & lemonade, has to be!

  105. Tee simpson
    19 July 2016
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    A cup of tea

  106. Donna Caldwell
    21 July 2016
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    Armagh cider

  107. Gill Mitchell
    21 July 2016
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    I like Pimms! My hubbie loves his English real ale tho

  108. mick proctor
    22 July 2016
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    Port !

  109. 22 July 2016
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    would be fab if I was lucky enough to win please thanks for a great giveaway

  110. George Wright
    22 July 2016
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    Farr Brew Our Best Bitter

  111. 23 July 2016
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    13 Guns by Crafty Dan – excellent craft beer made in Blackburn

  112. Denielle Nicol
    24 July 2016
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    Sweetheart Stout

  113. michelle o'neill
    24 July 2016
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    cider

  114. Andrew Hindley
    24 July 2016
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    Holt’s bitter

  115. Linda Thorn
    24 July 2016
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    stout

  116. Kirsty Hosty
    25 July 2016
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    I love Pimms!!

  117. 25 July 2016
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    cider

  118. Lyla
    25 July 2016
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    Ginger Wine

    • 19 April 2017
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      People nolralmy pay me for this and you are giving it away!

  119. Kat Allinson
    25 July 2016
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    Elderflower wine

  120. Linda Curtis
    26 July 2016
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    somerset cider

  121. Thomas Powell
    27 July 2016
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    Cider for me

  122. Nikki Hayes
    27 July 2016
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    Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Ale :o)

  123. allison sullivan
    27 July 2016
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    sadly for me i love a cuppa tea but my hubby loves a great ale or a nice beer

  124. Christine Caple
    28 July 2016
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    Cider

  125. Lynsey Buchanan
    28 July 2016
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    Whiskey

  126. Julie Paton
    28 July 2016
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    Scrumpy

  127. Tania Atfield
    28 July 2016
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    Prosecco for me and ale for hubby

  128. MichelleD
    29 July 2016
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    I love Lakeland Gold!

  129. Michelle Ptak
    29 July 2016
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    Pimms with lots of fruit & mint

  130. Nigel Soulsby
    29 July 2016
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    Water of the god,Newcastle Brown Ale

  131. Andy Berry
    29 July 2016
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    Black Sheep Ale

  132. Mark George
    29 July 2016
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    Old Moat Cider in Kiwi and Lime flavour

  133. Sparklett21
    29 July 2016
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    Gordon’s Gin for me????????

  134. Lynn savage
    29 July 2016
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    Dandelion and burdock, that’s a real British drink

  135. Martina Alban
    29 July 2016
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    Charmer cider

  136. Ann Williams
    29 July 2016
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    Thatcher’s Katy cider

  137. Rebecca Moon
    29 July 2016
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    Black Cat beer

  138. Sheri Darby
    29 July 2016
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    Newcastle Brown

  139. Sonia Cash
    29 July 2016
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    Gordons Gin but my husband loves beer and lots of it

  140. Mary Baldwin
    29 July 2016
    Reply

    Newcastle Brown Ale – my favourite.

  141. donna l jones
    29 July 2016
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    Bishop’s Finger

  142. Purmala Shrestha
    30 July 2016
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    Cider

  143. Hayley Colburn
    30 July 2016
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    Newcastle Brown Ale 😀

  144. Omar El-shroa
    30 July 2016
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    Real ALE

  145. Diana
    30 July 2016
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    Abbot’s Ale 🙂

  146. Anthea Holloway
    30 July 2016
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    Thatcher’s Cider

  147. Rob Griffiths
    30 July 2016
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    A love a cider on a sunny summers day

  148. Georgina Sudron
    30 July 2016
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    Carlsberg

  149. Krzysia
    30 July 2016
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    I love a nice drop of Pimms 🙂 x

  150. olivia Kirby
    30 July 2016
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    My husband likes London Meantime lager

  151. alix boswell
    30 July 2016
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    a cup of English tea!

  152. 30 July 2016
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    Cider

  153. Wendy Collard
    31 July 2016
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    I love strawberry and lime cider

  154. Laura Harrison
    31 July 2016
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    Pimms is my favourite British drink xxx

  155. Adrian Bold
    31 July 2016
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    Cider!

  156. Lesley Styles
    31 July 2016
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    Timothy Taylor’s Landlord

  157. alice lightning
    31 July 2016
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    apricot brandy for a special treat

  158. LynneH
    31 July 2016
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    My favourite British drink is Pimms; nothing like it on a hot summer’s day

  159. Pauline black
    31 July 2016
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    Has to be a good Scottish whisky. Talisker perhaps!

  160. Hayley Todd
    31 July 2016
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    Whilst my husband would reel off a list of British Beer and Ales, my favourite British drink, has to be a gorgeous glass of refreshing Pimms!

  161. carol boffey
    31 July 2016
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    Real ale

  162. 31 July 2016
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    I love Guardsman but haven’t tried all of them yet.
    The best ales around

  163. LouiseB
    31 July 2016
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    Crabbies ginger beer

  164. Sandra Jo Siddall
    31 July 2016
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    I love a good Gin and Cider too! 🙂

  165. Gary Wild
    31 July 2016
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    The gin which is made in Sunderland.

  166. 31 July 2016
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    Yorkshire tea of course 🙂

  167. Hazel Rea
    31 July 2016
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    Elderflower cordial – the taste of summer

  168. Leanne joy
    31 July 2016
    Reply

    Real ale ????

  169. tracey baker
    31 July 2016
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    Thatchers Cider x

  170. Mickie Bull
    31 July 2016
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    West Milton Cider!

  171. Karl Borowy
    31 July 2016
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    porters

  172. Susan Williams
    31 July 2016
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    Butty Bach, Wye Valley Brewery

  173. Ruth Wollerton
    31 July 2016
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    Strawberry Pimms – yummytastic. Thanks for the chance.

  174. Miss Tracy Hanson
    31 July 2016
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    Newcastle Brown

  175. Beryl drake
    31 July 2016
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    Ruddles County

  176. Sarah Mcknight
    31 July 2016
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    Hobgoblin

  177. Corinne Wright
    31 July 2016
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    I do love a Cider.

  178. Allan Wilson
    31 July 2016
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    Paolozzi Lager from the Edinburgh Beer Factory

  179. Mike Gerrie
    31 July 2016
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    Brewdog Punk IPA, locally brewed and just delightful

  180. Rosemary Rowe
    31 July 2016
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    Classic JD + lemonade!

  181. Debbie Johnson
    31 July 2016
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    Newcastle Brown Ale from my home town

  182. Michelle Stokes
    31 July 2016
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    I love coffee but my husband loves all ales!

  183. Sylvia Paul
    31 July 2016
    Reply

    Love Magners Berry Cider

  184. Jane Middleton
    31 July 2016
    Reply

    Tea

  185. Natalie Crossan
    31 July 2016
    Reply

    Abbots Ale.

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