The mea­sure

Your guide on what to drink – in­clud­ing berry bevvies and a re­vamped pil­sner – and where to drink it

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Your guide on what to drink and where to drink it


Au­tumn is on its way and with it the an­nual jewel-coloured glut of hedgerow berries, from black­ber­ries and rose­hips to hawthorns, el­der­ber­ries and sloes. And it’s not just the usual jams and chut­neys you can make from them, ei­ther – all th­ese berries make de­li­cious liqueurs, syrups and ton­ics, per­fect for adding a sea­sonal twist to cock­tails and other drinks. Ex­pect to see black­ber­ries un­til at least the end of Septem­ber, while hawthorn berries and el­der­ber­ries will be on the scene un­til mid-au­tumn. Rose­hips ap­pear in Septem­ber, while sloes are gen­er­ally on the scene from Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber. Just re­mem­ber to be a re­spon­si­ble for­ager (the Wood­land Trust has some use­ful guide­lines), and never pick near busy roads or low on the ground, due to traf­fic fumes and – ahem – dogs. Stash them in the freezer ready for our Low­down fea­ture in the Oc­to­ber is­sue, which will be full of advice, tips and recipes for us­ing up th­ese stars of the au­tumn larder. Sharp’s Brew­ery de­cided to re­brand its pop­u­lar Cor­nish Pil­sner ear­lier this year, with a lower (hot-weather friendly) ABV and a beachy new aes­thetic by Cor­nish artist Neil Can­ning. The O team has been quaffing the end re­sult, Off­shore, all sum­mer. Zesty, fresh and crisp, the Czech yeast and con­ti­nen­tal hops in this beer give it a cit­russy char­ac­ter beyond your stan­dard pint, and the rel­a­tively lower ABV of 4.8% means it’s great for late-sum­mer drink­ing. £1.75/330ml, Mor­risons.

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