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  • 5 Best Beers for a #BeerSnob Newbie


    For anyone, like me, who has recently found themselves interested in the world of craft beer, starting off can be a bit of a challenge. There are so many craft breweries, carrying so many different craft beers, that choosing a place to start drinking is quite overwhelming. After a few weeks of tasting, I’ve come up with this short list of beers that I found to be the best for a #BeerSnob newbie. Feel free to comment with some feedback, beer suggestions, and adventures for the #BeerSnob newbie to try!

    1. Dark Star Hophead

    Comments: Really, really good. Light, refreshing. I definitely taste the floral notes.

    When I’d Drink It: Anytime really. Great on a warm, sunny summer day, that’s when I first tried it.

    Newbie Lesson: I. Love. This. Beer.

    Get it here: http://www.alesbymail.co.uk/dark-star-hophead

    1. Camden Hells Lager

    Comments: Deeper flavour than Dark Star Hophead, dry and hoppy.

    When I’d Drink It: With dinner, would pair well with a roast dinner.

    Newbie Lesson: Lagers are DEFINITELY different from ales, looking forward to exploring this difference more.

    Get it here: http://www.alesbymail.co.uk/mixed-cases/craft-lager-6-bottle-mixed-case

    1. Brewdog Punk IPA

    Comments: Fruity, very flavourful.

    When I’d Drink It: Struck me as a good happy hour beer, out at the pub in a beer garden.

    Newbie Lesson: Not all IPA’s taste the same, love the varieties I’ve uncovered thus far.

    Get it here: http://www.alesbymail.co.uk/browse-by-brewery/brewdog/brewdog-punk-ipa-bottle

    1. Beavertown Gamma Ray

    Comments: Floral notes, almost juicy in flavour.

    When I’d Drink It: Good for an afternoon in the park, a barbeque with friends

    Newbie Lesson: Shoutout to America for these awesome whole leaf hops, I really like the taste.

    Get it here: http://www.alesbymail.co.uk/beavertown-gamma-ray-apa-can

    1. Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

    Comments: Woah, strong. Really delicious bitterness, more bold than others on this list.

    When I’d Drink It: With something rich to eat, a nice english cheddar perhaps?

    Newbie Lesson: Had some trepidations about tasting bitterness, but this is easy to drink.

    Get it here: http://www.alesbymail.co.uk/browse-by-brewery/brooklyn/brooklyn-eipa-bottle

  • We're big fans of canned craft beer here at Ales by Mail. And we're big fans of Dark Star beers too.

    So we were really excited to hear that they were canning their American Pale Ale. And even more excited when we saw the cans. They look fantastic, with great artwork from Lon Chan giving them real impact. They do look great in our beer fridge.

    Take a look for yourself!

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  • Father's Day is just around the corner, but don't panic, we've got it covered here at Ales by Mail whatever your budget.

    Our Father's Day Beer Box contains 12 bottles of great beer, and a special Hoppy Father's Day Glass. All for just £25 plus delivery.

    Contains beers from the UK as well as a few from Spain. Guaranteed to make dad happy.

    Father's Day Beer Box

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  • Did you know it's Beer Day Britain on June 15th?

    Celebrate with this golden ale (5% ABV) brewed with Maris Otter malt, dark crystal & caramalt to celebrate Beer Day Britain and the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215. Ale was mentioned in clause 35 of Magna Carta.

    As a nod to the Magna Carta connection, Britannia’s Brew is a limited edition of 1,215 bottle conditioned bottles. Clause 35 of Magna Carta stated: ‘Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely “the London quarter‘.

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