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On Beer and beer drinking

favourite beers collageI can never understand why so many people choose to miss out on the appreciation of a good pint (or bottle) of beer. The variety of styles that are on offer from various parts of the world. I've tried to list here some of my favourite beer styles and where to appreciate them in the London area. What links them all is flavour.

So where do we get our bottles for home consumption? Some come from supermarkets, but many come from the Utobeer cage in Borough Market, a very short walk from the Borough High Street exit of London Bridge underground station. There are many new places that sell for consumption on or off the premises, such as Beer Merchant's Tap in Hackney Wick, a favourite of ours. Sad it is so far from home.

Real Ale vs Craft Beers. Nothing can beat a properly prepared real ale for a soft complex satisfying pint. However, since the development of kegs with a membrane to protect the beer, keg beers don't have to be so harsh. Some new craft beers have taste a-plenty and can be a real taste experience well worth the try. Equally there is beer all over the world, and though most of it is not within the definition of real ale, it can be equally palatable.

Some favourite brews:

The Hollybush in winterSome London Pubs
Many pubs in London belong to pubcos or breweries. These provide a degree of consistency and predictability. Fullers, Youngs, Stonegate, M&B, Wetherspoons, Sam Smiths, Greene KIng are examples and you will soon draw your own conclusions regarding each one. Fullers have acquired many of the pubs which have a historic connection. Sam Smiths also specialise in pubs of character, and serve only their own beers. The bars below are favourites. See also northern Europe for bier kellers etc.