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Beer Day Britain

18 May 2022

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There are many things to celebrate througout the year, but we feel few are more important than this one! Particularly with Burton being the UK’s home of brewing! June 15th is officially ‘Beer Day Britain’.

Who doesn’t love a cold beer? Did you know that there are several styles of beer that originated in the UK?

Bitter belongs to the pale ale beer style and can have a great variety of strength, flavour and appearance, from dark amber to a golden summer ale. Bitter predominantly gets its flavour from the bittering hops used early in the brewing process with fewer ‘aroma’ hops used.

Mild ale is a type of ale, with a predominantly malty flavour. Modern mild ales are mainly dark-coloured.

Brown Ale
Brown ale is a style of beer with a dark amber or brown colour. The term was first used by London brewers in the late 17th century to describe their products. This beer is brewed from brown malt.

Old Ale
In London especially, Burton was a synonym for old ale. Old ale is a form of strong ale. The term is commonly applied to dark, malty beers in England, generally above 5% ABV

Stout is a dark beer with a number of variations, including dry stout, oatmeal stout, milk stout, and imperial stout.

The first known use of the word stout for beer, was in 1677 referring to the beer’s strength. The name porter was first used in 1721 to describe a dark brown beer. Because of the huge popularity of porters, brewers made them in a variety of strengths. The stronger beers, typically 7% or 8% alcohol by volume (ABV), were called "stout porters", so the history and development of stout and porter are intertwined

Porter is a style of beer that was developed in London, England, in the early 18th century. It was well-hopped and dark in appearance due to the intense roasting of the malted grains. The name originated from its popularity with street and river porters.

The popularity of porter was significant. It became the first beer style to be brewed around the world and the famous pint of Guinness was originally called ‘Extra Superior Porter’ until renaimed ‘Extra Stout’ in 1840.

India Pale Ale
The style of pale ale which became known as India pale ale was widespread in England by 1815, and would grow in popularity, notably as an export beer shipped to India. In the early 1800s several Burton breweries lost their export market in Europe, Scandinavia and Russia when the Napoleonic blockade was imposed, and Burton brewers sought a new export market for their beer in India.

So enjoy a cool Burton pint this June 15th and find
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