Which Beers Should You Be Trying This Lockdown if You’re Not Keen on a Visit to the Pub Quite Yet
Although a visit to our favourite pubs and bars has not been possible over the lockdown months, some might still prefer to stay away for the foreseeable once our locals open again on the 4th July. At least until the social distancing guidelines have been tried and tested. In the meantime, there are some amazing beers to be had, delivered direct to the door, to share with family and friends in the garden and across the fence.
Our Sales and Marketing Director, Mike Dickinson has been supporting our Masterbrew clients with their online offerings and discovering his new favourite beers from the comfort of his home. To join us in supporting these incredible businesses, Mike has recommended his top five beers that everyone should consider giving a try.
Based in our home city of Nottingham, Nottingham Brewery has been busy offering free local delivery, keeping the people of Nottingham hydrated this lockdown. The Extra Pale Ale is a popular favourite, smooth and light in colour, it’s finished with a light fragrant hop.
Started in 2005, Thornbridge Brewery is located in the small town of Bakewell. Offering online tasting sessions and home delivery, Thornbridge has been working hard to keep its customers entertained. One of its core beers, the vegan friendly Green Mountain is a Vermont session IPA. Thornbridge generously dry hop, with Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo hops, to create the aromatic and fruity taste.
Founded in 1995, West Berkshire Brewery has been keeping customers busy with lockdown quizzes, competitions and virtual beer tastings, whilst delivering beer and BBQ boxes, keeping people fed and watered. Detour is a tropical pale ale with a citrus taste. The brewery recommends trying the beer with Mexican chicken tacos!
Located in Melton Mowbray Market, Round Corner Brewing creates beers inspired by the character of a local agricultural community and the raw flavours of the East Midlands. During lockdown, the brewery has been hand delivering its products to local areas and offering online shopping to its nationwide customers. Gold medal winner at the International Brewing Awards 2019, Gunmetal Black Lager is dark brown in colour, with deep garnet highlights and a crema-like foam. Clean and crisp, the lager has aromas of herbal and earthy noble hops.
Founded in 2014 and based in South East London, London Beer Factory produces an average of 500,000 litres of beer per year. To help support our incredible health service during this crucial time, the brewery has been raising money for our NHS by donating all sales from its gluten free lager ‘National Heroes’ and American pale ale ‘Lifesavers’. The Breaker English Pilsner is brewed with British malts and a mix of old-world European hops. With elements of pine and soft citrus, the beer is crisp and refreshing.
As we hopefully approach the day we can reunite with friends and colleagues in the pub, we encourage you to continue supporting smaller businesses including these amazing breweries. With many coming up with creative ways to beat the boredom or raise money for charity, it is evidence of how incredible the craft beer and brewing industry is. With a spirit like no other, we have loved seeing how quick these businesses have adapted to the situation and the positivity they have shown.