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Absinthe Legal In The UK?

Is Absinthe Legal In The UK? Origianlly Posted on Oct 23, 2015   While searching the web recently we keep seeing the same question come up “is absinthe legal in the UK” or “can you buy absinthe in the UK”, long story short? YES it is legal and yes you can buy it.   In fact the UK has never restricted absinthe in anyway including the creation, distribution, selling or possession of it.   So why do so many people think that it’s illegal in the UK. Well the fact of the matter is that absinthe has been illegal in several counties around the world since the early 20th century mainly due to  some concerns of it safety.   However much recent studies and tests have shown that Absinthe...

An Introduction to Cider

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you apples, you’re in business. The fermentation of 1 of your 5 a day leads to a beverage that has been at the forefront of the UK brewing scene for millennia. The UK consumes more cider per capita than any other country in the world and for good reason. Cider is an incredibly versatile product and when paired with perry and other such fruits, becomes one of the most sought after alcoholic drinks in the world. We showcase the best from our local cider breweries, to the UK’s most loved cider brands, to the world’s most unusual, a combination that we have become renowned for. History The origins behind cider are difficult to pinpoint, although the Roman invasion...

History of Women in Brewing

International Women’s Day It is clear to see the divide that brewing creates between males and females due to the stigma that surrounds the topic. Whilst this division between the sexes is portrayed throughout the process from labels to advertising, many would be surprised to learn that female brewers are so engrained in history, they even have their own term. History of Women in brewing ‘Brewsters’ is a term that has been attributed to female brewers since Medieval times, but the notion of the female brewer goes back as far, if not further, than males. The technique was first used in ancient Egypt, as a means to barter for goods, as well as offerings to Tjenenet, the ancient Egyptian goddess of beer but also chil...

Tryanuary

With the start of January comes the flurry of New Year’s resolutions with people using them as a way of tackling bad habits and achieving those goals they want to reach. From weight loss to taking control of finances. It doesn’t escape the alcohol industry with the introduction of Tryanuary and Dryanuary.  So what are they and how do you get involved? Tryanuary is a nationwide campaign to champion local beer, under the premise of trying something new throughout the month. Founded in 2015 as a way to support independent breweries, pubs, bars and other retailers through the month of January.  Here’s our pick of 5 locally produced drinks that we think you need to try this January. You’ll see we’ve...

Five Beers To Try This Christmas

Traditionally, brewers made their beers to the rhythms of crops to help with the difficulties of preservation. Come October, brewers in Northern Europe would use up their old barley and hop reserves to make a beer to be consumed at the end of the year. These Christmas beers, also known as winter warmers, benefit from the cooler autumn temperatures and can be aged for several weeks or months. Aging typically takes place in oak barrels with the tannins from the oak adding further to the flavour profile. They reach full maturity around Christmas time, becoming an ale type beer, strong and dense and pairing perfectly with season’s festive dishes. Christmas beers are usually quite distinctive, often a dark amber or brown in colour wi...

Top 10 Alcoholic Drinks For Halloween

Get into the Halloween spirit this year with our list of the top 10 alcoholic drinks currently available on the UK market 1.  Crystal Head Vodka This high class Canadian vodka was created to be purest of the pure meaning no additives, added sugar or citrus oils. Crystal Head Vodka has also won the double Gold award at the 2011 San Francisco Spirits Competition. The vodka itself is quadrupled distilled and filtered several times; three of those are done through semi-precious crystals which are called Herkimer Diamonds. Crystal Head Vodka gives you a silky smooth mouth feel with flavours of subtle citrus and aniseed, this is definitely one to try in your life time.   2.  Adnams Ghost Ship Ghost Ship h...

Top 6 Valentines Beers

Most people think of wine when they think of valentine drinks but there are many beers that are themed around love. So to show you what we mean we put a list together of just a few of them.   Thornbridge I Love You Will U Marry Me This is the perfect brew for any British person that loves strawberries and beer. This is a strawberry Blonde Ale that is mixed with real strawberries. Country: United Kingdom Category: Beer Brand: Thornbridge Brewery ABV: 4.50% Bottle Size: 500ml North Yorkshire Love Muscle North Yorkshire Love Muscle is a refreshing, crisp golden beer which has a hint of hops with bitterness on the finish. This is a good session beer. Country: United Kingdom Category: Beer Brand: North Yor...

A Guide On How To Survive A British Heatwave

A Guide On How To Survive A British Heatwave Originally Posted on Jul 07, 2017   Summer in the British Isles often paints a picture of bad tan lines, factor 50 sun cream and the classic socks and sandals. We are normally a far cry from the sunshine that lavishes other parts of the world all year round. But this year, things have changed. Donald Trump may not believe in climate change but we Brits have faced an onslaught of UV waves that may just convince him otherwise. Hold on to your flip flops, as Beers of Europe presents to you our Top Five tips for surviving a British heatwave.   1. Complaining   In first place on the list comes a historic British pastime, complaining. We all do it but few know that complaining is...

Free Beer Guide From ‘There’s A Beer For That’

Free Beer Guide From ‘There’s A Beer For That’ Posted on Aug 16, 2016 by   ‘There’s A Beer For That’ is a campaign that promotes the quality, versatility and diversity of beer. There’s never been a better time to enjoy beer, in Britain alone there are 1,700 breweries producing 12,300 beers across 140 different styles.   With such an amazing array of beers to choose from where do you start? We’re delighted to be partnering with There’s A Beer For That by including one of their beer style guides in each box of pick and mix beer sent to customers. These guides help understand and simplify the huge and diverse range of beers available and give consumers confidence in maki...

What is Craft Beer?

What is Craft Beer? Originally Posted on Nov 06, 2015   For some, the term craft beer simply means anything that is not real ale, but that is far too easy and rather lazy as many craft brewers are actually making real ale as defined by CAMRA.   The truth is that the term craft beer emerged somewhere in the mid sixties when home brewers in the United States started networking with likeminded individuals to share and learn and as some of these home brewers became professionals craft beer came to mean beer that wasn’t brewed by the major corporations but by smaller independent breweries.  Many of the breweries were initially brewing real ale, but with the development of new hop strains and, arguably most importantly,...