With the London Olympics coming in July and August, get ready to learn more about English culture than during the Royal Wedding and Queen’s Jubilee combined. English beer stands out as some of the best in the world, so while we are cheering for American gold, why not celebrate the Olympics themselves with an English brew?
Here are three beers from breweries that have all placed well in the Great British Beer Festival, held annually in early August. If you’re in London for the Olympics, check out the Festival at the Olympia in West Kensington, London from August 7-11. Look for these beers at your local Whole Foods or good beer bottle shop.
Ridgeway Bitter (English Bitter, 4%abv)
When the legendary Brakspear brewery closed in 2002 after 223 years, brewmaster Peter Scholey launched his own operation. Lucky for us. His Bitter is a classic example of the “session” beer—low in alcohol, light in body—making for ideal drinking on easy afternoons. It’s a hazy amber hue with a faintly biscuity body and pleasant drying finish, spiced up with Challenger and Boadicea hops.
Fuller’s London Pride (English Pale Ale, 4.7% abv).
Fuller’s has been around since 1845, and their classic London Pride has a good bite to it. Although there are slight fruit aromas and sweet malty notes, the brew shines with hoppy bitterness. The London Pride has won many accolades, including Champion Beer of Britain in 1979 and Champion Best Bitter in 1995.
Thornbridge Jaipur (India Pale Ale, 5.9% abv).
Thornbridge has been generating buzz among craft beer fans, and in order to best preserve their beers’ flavors and aromas, they never employ pasteurization or filtration. With lots of hops in the mouth building to a big bitter finish, this IPA won Gold in the Strong Bitter Category in 2008.
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