BBC Good Food Magazine

RAISE A GLASS

Our pick of must-try spirits and craft beer

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beer Really Good Beer Society Two Degrees Craft Lager

The Really Good Beer Society is on a mission to help drinking beer feel even better. For every bottle or can sold from its range of six brews, the Londonbase­d company donates 2.5% to good causes. The range includes crisp 4.7% ABV Two Degrees Craft Lager (fighting climate change by supporting Soil Associatio­n UK); Root Cause West Coast Pale Ale (supporting Rainforest Trust UK); Pipe Dream Bohemian Pilsner (funding water projects through Charity:water); Tidal Save Session IPA (combatting ocean plastics via Ocean Generation); Hive PA Hazy NEIPA (supporting the Bumblebee Conservati­on Trust) and Wunderkind DIPA, transformi­ng the lives of children through the charity Right to Play. Available as singles or cases. From £2.20, reallygood­beers.com

gin Silent Pool Green Man Woodland Gin

Silent Pool Distillers has launched a new gin with a clever concept – it’s the first ever spirit in a cardboard bottle, which is made from 94% recycled paper. Not only is this bottle five times lighter than the glass alternativ­e, saving emissions through transporta­tion, it has a carbon footprint six times lower than other gin bottles and is fully recyclable. The gin itself is distilled with birch leaves, pine and fir trees for a herbaceous, woody flavour – an homage to the woodlands that inspired it. Enjoy in a G&T or negroni. 42% ABV, £30, silentpool­distillers.com

mezcal Ojo de Dias Mezcal Joven

Unlike other mezcals, which can be intensely smoky, this has a slight, subtle smokiness as well as being smooth and sweet, with notes of vanilla and caramelise­d pineapple, then a hint of pepper to finish. Made from 100% Espadin agave, sustainabl­y grown in the San Luis del Rio region of Oaxaca (a location highly regarded for mezcal production), the agave hearts are cooked in an undergroun­d oven for 10 days before being distilled in small batches. Smooth enough to sip on its own, it’s also great in cocktails – try with equal parts Campari and vermouth for a twist on a negroni, or in place of tequila in a paloma or margarita. 42% ABV, £42.12, mexgrocer.co.uk

non-alcoholic aperetif Wilfred’s British Non-alcoholic Aperitif

For a late summer spritz without the booze, this nonalcohol­ic aperitif is just the ticket. A little like Campari, here the emphasis is on the bitterness to round off the drink. It successful­ly blends rosemary with bitter orange, sweet rhubarb and a hefty hit of clove, without tasting too Christmass­y. Instead, it’s packed with zesty and woody herbaceous notes, as well having that bitter edge. Best served over ice with tonic in a refreshing booze-free spritz, but it can also be used in non-alcoholic cocktails.

0% ABV, £18, wilfredsdr­inks.com

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