Beer of the month, June 2015

A feature that started out in January 2015, and the top beers of the month will go into an epic battle at the end of the year to be crowned beer of the year.

June was a competitive month (70 different beers and ciders sampled), as we were on holiday for the first week, which usually ensures a good few pub trips. And this holiday was near a Booths, which is the best supermarket, particularly when it comes to beer. We’ve also been camping twice, enjoying a tasty ale or two around the campfire, as well as a few pub meals out whilst away. As well as a trip to a local cider festival. I also visited a few London pubs last week.

However, in amongst all of this, there was a clear winner, and that was a 330ml bottle of Rhetoric Edition I by Hardknott brewery, found at Tebay services (told you they had good beer). Malty. Plummy. Raisiny. A hint of anise and some spiciness. A truly awesome beer. Strong and powerful, and one for savouring rather than a gentle session ale.

This could well finish in the top three at the end of the year…

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