Where do you buy your beer from?
The pub perhaps? Or the supermarket? In today’s world, probably the internet as well.
So far, my Year in Beer challenge has led me through the bright lights of the supermarkets, the dusty shelves of bottle shops, online, to service stations and, just recently, to spend a sunny afternoon at a beer festival. And it isn’t over yet!
Where to get beer from wasn’t a question that popped into my mind when I decided to start drinking my way through the Independent’s list of the top 50 beers. I had scanned the list. I recognised several of the breweries. I knew they were all UK or Irish beers. No problem!
And to be perfectly honest, up until now, that has been true. I started out in the supermarket, where beers from Youngs, Timothy Taylor, Fullers, Brakspear, Wells and Innis and Gunn were all easily obtained. Being in the South West, it also meant that Otter and Badger beers were stocked on supermarket shelves as well as in the pubs.
Then there are the specialist retailers. On the edge of Exeter lies Dart’s Farm, home to a great number of bottled beers from around the country. They concentrate mainly on the South West, however I have been able to pick up beers from Sam Smith, Guinness and William Brothers as well as those from closer to home.
Having exhausted the supply of local beers, as well as those available in the supermarkets and at Dart’s Farm, where should I turn next?