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Old 08-14-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Hey folks,

This isn't exactly a homebrew question, but I am a homebrewer and, despite my lack of posts, have been reading these forums a lot over the past couple years and have come to trust the opinions of you homebrewers on all things beer-related, so there.

A friend of mine is currently in London, and before she left, I gave her a few of my homebrews to give to the guys hosting her. In return, she said she'd bring back a few bottles of British beer for me.

Thing is, I don't know much about British beer, except the typical English bitter, nor have I drunk much, except the one ESB you find here (Fuller's). So I was hoping you all, especially the Brits/Londoners out there, could give me some suggestions. She'll probably bring back 3 bottles, and here's what I'm looking to get:

- all 3 different styles
- preferably traditional styles and/or ones that really define British beer
- something that's difficult to find outside London/Britain/Europe
- something that's not too difficult to find in London (my friend knows very little about beer to begin with)

Thanks!

Brian

P.S. You don't need to limit your reply to 3 beers... give me your top 3, 5, 10, whatever.

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Old 08-16-2011, 11:00 AM   #2
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Ask her to get you something from the Kernel Brewery...

http://thekernelbrewery.com/

The website gives details of their beers and where to get them.

The other one to look at would be Meantime.

http://www.meantimebrewing.com/

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Old 08-20-2011, 07:49 PM   #3
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I highly recommend trying this. If your into the old ale style at all. One of my favorite britis beer styles. Luckily one of the local micrbrews makes it.

http://www.theakstons.co.uk/ales/cla...dpeculier.html

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Old 08-20-2011, 10:16 PM   #4
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It may be difficult to find, but the best English ale I've had in a while was the Thornbridge/Dark Star collaboration brew called Coalition:
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/thornbr.../135530/77967/

Good call on Meantime. I've had their Coffee Porter and IPA, both excellent. Beautiful packaging and labels, too.

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Budweiser, Miller, Coors.

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