It was an inspired ale-lover who, when describing the marriage between summer and beer, warned “Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder”. For it is surely sacrilege to even THINK of separating the two. It’d be like ice without cream, Yorkshire without Whippets, or Hackney without hipsters (God forbid).
No indeed. Summer is synonymous with beer.
When considering the recent days of plenty sunshine, we who are experiencing the resurgence in all things beer can count our blessings that the UK has been popping out new craft breweries quicker than rabbits during the rut. London in particular is exemplary of this: from a mere handful some 14 years ago to over 60 today. At one point it was a new one every two weeks!
Thing is: what beers are best for summer? Are some more fitting than others? Or is just any old beer a good’n to sip all arvo in the park, whiling the sunny hours away? We’d certainly go with the latter on this one; as long as it’s your favourite how can you go wrong? Yet having said that, it’s always worthwhile getting out there and giving something new a crack.
Seems we’re not the only ones who reckon so. In inquisitive fashion our pals over at RentMoola asked the other day which would be our top five beers to sip around our banger-laden BBQs this summer. We said: