The first Friday of August is a special one in the world of beer – it is International Beer Day! This day is all about celebrating the wonder that is beer and enjoying brilliant brewing from all over the world. As it is international, it is of course obligatory to sample some exotic offerings. But leave some room to try something from a little closer to home. After all, the land of oast houses and hops is also home to some amazing ales.
Here are six great local beers to add to your must-try list:
Cellar Head: Session Pale Ale
Cellar Head is an award-winning, independent Kent brewer. Their session pale ale is a refreshing combination of gooseberry, green grapes, and honey sweetness. This delicious and uplifting ale is perfect for summer. But you don’t need to take our word for it, this tipple was also the top choice for the folk at the Taste of Kent Awards who named this their beer of the year 2021.
Gun Brewery: Pale Ale
The inventive Gun Brewery is nestled in the rolling hills of the Sussex Weald on an organic farm. All the water used for brewing their award-winning beers comes from a spring deep below the picturesque farm.
Gun’s pale ale is brewed using very pale malts and American hops. This is definitely one for the hop lovers. And as a bonus, it is suitable for vegans and for those who are gluten free.
Kent Brewery: Session Pale Ale
This Session ale crafted in the heart of Kent is packed with the taste of summer. The ale is light and hoppy with notes of citrus and elderflower.
Larkins Brewery: Larkins Traditional
Larkins still dry and press their locally grown hops in their own oast house. But that is just one of the many reasons we are a fan of their characterful ales.
Their best seller is the Larkins Traditional, a perfect balance of hops and malt resulting in a smooth Kentish style tawny session bitter.
Dark Star: Hophead
Born in Brighton but now calling West Sussex home, these craft brewers excel at hoppy ales. And a must-try for anyone who likes their beers full of hops and full of flavour is their Hophead. This beer has a distinct floral aroma and is packed with cascade hops which add a mighty hit of elderflower.
Tonbridge Brewery: Blonde Ambition
Tonbridge Brewery is an independent brewery based in the heart of hop growing country. Their distinctive beers are crafted using predominately Kentish hops. Their Blonde Ambition beer is a refreshing blonde ale full of flavour. The marriage of Kentish Challenger and First Gold hops results in a crisp, spicy and citrus-tasting beer with a clean finish.