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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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.)
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