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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. And Beer Hawk, with mail order, Ocado sales and South Bank bar.

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 Favourite Pubs and why