• Badger Golden Champion: "A perennial favourite from the West Country," says Pete. "Flavoured with a hint of elderflower, this beer is a wonderful evocation of summer evenings and a perfect accompaniment to the caramelised crispy bits of the barbecue."
• Otley O-Garden: "On the nose there is orange and clove, topped off by rich tropical-fruit notes," says Melissa. "Then you get a sweet clove up front and an earthier note from the coriander."
• Timothy Taylor's Landlord: "One to drink all night, it's a marvel how satisfying it is," says Martyn. "Subtle marmalade-and-fruitcake bitterness."
Living here in the US, we're not likely to find many of these ales at the corner store. Look for them at well-curated beer stores that do a lot of importing or beer-focused bars and restaurants. Or better yet, ask if they can be ordered!
And if that fails, I'm thinking tickets to London and a British beer tour are in order.
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