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Hop around the UK for the best of British beers

06 SEPTEMBER 2012

Having been around for hundreds of years, our breweries produce flavoursome ales, bitters, and beers diverse in taste, that make a delightful change from wine or spirits.

We look at three regions that offer the best of British.

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Begin your journey in Kent, the home of the hop.

In the 18th century Londoners would holiday here to take part in the annual harvest among the 77,000 acres of land.

Now the county’s main seller, Kent Brewery beer combines this tradition together with passion and innovation to produce beers that are always interesting and entirely unique.

To get a true taste of the area, try their Cobnut ales. Related to the more widely eaten hazelnut, cobnuts add tones of toasted maltiness whilst remaining fresh and light in their hoppy nature.

Have a sip from Dorset with Palmers Dorset Gold, a refreshing and fruity golden ale, or Tally Ho, the cask-conditioned dark ale with a distinctive oaky taste.

One of England's oldest family-owned brewers, Palmer's is also one of the most attractive breweries, part-thatched and with a working watermill that dates from 1879.

 

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Recently featured in Channel 4's Jamie's Great Britain, Leeds' independent brewery and bistro pub, The Midnight Bell, proves that the UK food and drink culture is ever growing.

Their award-winning beers take hops from all over the world to create a balance of unique flavour delivered with British style, and the beers feature in at least half the dishes on their menu.

For bloat-free beer minus the gluten try Hambleton Ales, North Yorkshire or Against the Grain, from Colchester.

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