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Fancy a good British pub drink? Are you wondering what are the most popular alcoholic drinks in the UK?
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In British and Irish cultures the pub has long been held in special regard. Its a place where friends meet and friends are made. Samuel Pepys described the pub as the “heart of England”. The pub is often the centre of the local community.
The traditional pub industry in the UK has been on a decline over the past few years. According to industry figures, 18 pubs close in a week in Britain. However, the Micro pub industry has been bucking the trend. To put it simply, a Micro pub is a single room which mainly serves cask ales and has no form of electronic entertainment. The idea is to promote conversation.
List of the popular alcoholic British pub drinks
Bitter is a style of pale ale. The colour of it can vary from gold to dark amber. One of the most popular bitters is the Indian Pale Ale, more commonly known as IPA.
The origins of IPA goes back to 1827. IPA’s were brewed to survive the long voyage by sea to India for the British expats, and this is where the name comes from.
Popular bitters in the UK
Sharp is brewed in Cornwall. Doom Bar is dark amber with a ruby brown tint bitter. Its has a fruity aroma and a caramelly malty taste. Doombar is a 4.0% ABV
Greene King has been brewing cask ale in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk for more than 200 years. Greene King IPA is amber in colour. It has a malty herbal aroma. The taste has hints of caramel, toffee, citrus and honey. Green King IPA is 3.6% ABV.
Fuller’s London Pride
Fuller, Smith & Turner is a brewery based in Chiswick and was founded in 1845. London Pride is tawny coloured. It has a raisin, biscuit and dried fruits aroma. It has a malty biscuity taste and is 4.1% ABV.
Stouts are a dark, top-fermented beer. The first documented mention of Stout goes back to 1677. The most famous Stout is Guinness, which originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness in Dublin in 1759.
Popular Stouts in the UK
Guinness is an Irish stout brewed in Dublin. It is a deep dark red colour verging on black. It has a sweet-smelling aroma with a coffee and malty nose. It has a coffee and dark wheat taste and is 4.2% ABV.
St. Austell Mena DHU
St. Austell is a cornish brewery that was founded in 1851. It has a jet black colour, subtle smoked oak aroma with liquorice and dark chocolate taste. Mena DHU is 4.5% ABV.
Young’s London Stout
Young was founded in 1831 and is located in Wandsworth, London. London Stout has Cappucino aroma, dark chocolate and burnt toast aroma. It has a coffee and roasted malt taste and is 4.3% ABV.
Gin has enjoyed something of a renaissance over the last few years. Last year alone 54 new distilleries opened in the UK and worldwide there are some good gins produced.
Although Gin originated in Holland it has become inextricably linked to the UK due to the gin’s popularity in the royal navy. It quickly spread around the globe.
Gin is basically a neutral spirit that has flavoured botanicals, predominantly juniper.
The classic Gin & Tonic that is so widely loved today has its origins in the 19th century. Due to the anti-malaria properties of quinine in the tonic, the British soldiers would drink tonic. However, the tonic was extremely bitter and unpleasant to drink. The soldiers added Gin and sugar to make it more palatable.
Whiskey / Whisky
Apart from the spelling, what is the difference between Scotch Whisky and Irish Whiskey?
Scotch whisky is distilled twice using peat-smoked, wholly malted barley, whereas Irish whiskey
Is triple distilled using kiln-dried raw & malted barley. There are exceptions to this rule, in real terms what all of that means is that the Scotch is often more smokey and peaty in taste. Whereas Irish whiskey is often smoother, which is why many prefer to use it as a mixer to many drinks.
The only point that Scotch Whisky and Irish whiskey agree on is that the minimum age for both should be 3 years.
There are 2 types of whiskey – Single malt and Blended malt
The single malt whisky is produced and bottled in a single distillery.
The blended whisky is a blend of 2 or more malt and grain whiskies. Blending whiskey does not require the same amount of the age and as a result, it can be produced faster.
Popular Whiskey/Whisky in the UK
Famous Grouse has been the highest-selling whisky brand in Scotland since 1980 and was first produced in 1986. It is a blended Scotch whisky. The aroma is toffee and malted barley. The taste has a slight sweetness with barley and hint of spice coming through.
Bushmills is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. It was granted a license to distil in 1608. Bushmills Original has a fruity, spicy aroma with hints of vanilla. The taste has a slight touch of honey sweetness.
Cider is particularly popular in the UK and Ireland during the summer months. The UK is the major producer of cider in the EU and the UK also consumes the most cider in the world.
The west country is famous for its cider amongst its most popular is Scrumpy, which is a cloudy unfiltered cider. Cider comes in sweet, medium and dry varieties. The most traditional cider is the apple cider and another popular one is the pear cider which is more commonly known as Perry.
Popular Ciders in the UK
Thatchers is crafted in Somerset and was founded in 1904. It has an aroma of sweetish apples with a medium-dry taste. It has 4.8% ABV.
Magners was founded in County Tipperary, Ireland in 1937. It has an aroma of rich with apples and a crisp dry taste.
Popular Pub Crawl Tours in the UK
I hope that this guide on British pub drinks will help you to decide on what to get on your next British pub crawl in the UK.