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Melissa Cole’s Top UK Craft Beers

The award-winning beer writer reveals her favourite British ales to enjoy this month…

 

SAISON À LA PROVISION, BURNING SKY

Mark Tranter and his team are making what I consider to be the best mixed fermentation beers in the UK, and their core range of ales is pretty damn tasty too. I particularly like the special edition saisons. Packaged in 750ml bottles, they are perfect for sharing with friends – or not in my case! To find your nearest stockist go to burningskybeer.com

 

HIGH WIRE, MAGIC ROCK

It’s a rare day when I don’t like a beer that comes out of Magic Rock. I love their branding too (alongside another favourite, London brewer Beavertown). I particularly like High Wire, the brewery’s flagship easydrinking pale ale, but the fruited sours they produce are also fantastic. To plan your visit go to magicrockbrewing.com

 

SAYZON, ST AUSTELL BREWERY

This Cornish brewer consistently turns out beers that delight both the seasoned beer geek and the traditional ale drinker. I am a little biased about my favourite beer from them because I helped create it, Sayzon (also known as Cornish Saison in M&S) is a spicy saison with ginger, cinnamon and lemon and lime peel that’s loosely based on a Cornish fairing biscuit. Schedule a tour by visiting staustellbreweryvisitorcentre.co.uk

 

GHOST SHIP, ADNAMS

Another traditional brewer that has moved most deftly with the times, its latest triumph is the Ghost Ship Alcohol Free beer. At just 0.5% it has nearly all the flavour of its full-blooded counterpart and offers people who want to cut down or cut out alcohol an option to feel like they aren’t missing out (also look for low alcohol offerings from Thornbridge, Big Drop, Nirvana and Infinite Session). For more information go to adnams.co.uk

 

BIRDS BEES, WILLIAMS BROTHERS

It’s hard to think of a brewery with a broader and more interesting portfolio of beers than these folks. Often left out of lists like this because they’ve been around for a long time, they can truly be considered one of the founders of the craft beer movement with their historic ales. The drinks are made with a variety of ingredients such as heather, seaweed, pine and elderberries. Purchase beers and merchandise from williamsbrosbrew.com

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