TOP­FOUR BEERS

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - Food&drink -

Key­stone ‘Large One’ Best Bit­ter 4.2% vol, Dorset (£20 per dozen 500ml bot­tles; Key­stone Brew­ery, 01747 870307) Full of toasty malt, fruit, spice and de­light­fully bit­ter hops, this was Key­stone’s first brew – an im­me­di­ate sell-out – and the only one in bot­tles. There’s noth­ing bet­ter with home-cooked bangers and mash. Black Isle Or­ganic Wheat Beer 4.5% vol, Ross-shire (£31.95 per dozen 500ml bot­tles; Black Isle Brew­ery, 01463 811871) The brew­ery uses lo­cally grown, lo­cally malted or­ganic bar­ley and wheat for its beers, which are sold in re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. This semi-cloudy wheat beer is full of zesty cit­rus flavours. Ideal with steamed mus­sels. Brak­s­pear Bit­ter 3.4% vol, Oxon (£1.89 per 500ml bot­tle; Sains­bury’s, Wy­ch­wood Brew­ery, 01993 890800) Af­ter Brak­s­pear closed in 2002, Wy­ch­wood res­ur­rected the brew­ery’s beers in Wit­ney, us­ing the orig­i­nal equip­ment and recipes. This bit­ter-sweet brew is a clas­sic, cap­i­tal­is­ing on Ox­ford­shire’s last hop gar­den, in Kingston Bag­puize. Lit­tle Scot­ney Best Bit­ter 4.3% vol, Kent (£23 per dozen 500ml bot­tles; Wester­ham Brew­ery, 01732 864427) Founded in 2004, Wester­ham Brew­ery makes this beau­ti­fully bit­ter, hoppy beer ex­clu­sively for the Na­tional Trust us­ing lo­cal malt and hops from the Trust farm at Scot­ney Cas­tle. Great with cheese and crusty bread.

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