Nothing hits the spot on a warm day like a cool beer and something delicious to nibble. Louise Treseder of Driftwood Spars in St Agnes shares her pick of the sips to pair with a picnic
Brinsons Bitter, Penzance Brewing Company
Cheddar cheese and a classic British amber bitter make a superb match as the bitterness of the hops cuts through the rich creaminess of the dairy. A great choice would be the fullbodied flavoursome Brisons Bitter (4.5%) from Penzance Brewing Company.
Ay Up, Dancing Duck Brewery
A classic pork pie is best paired with a rounded pale ale. Try Ay Up (3.9%) by Dancing Duck Brewery in Derby which won Gold in CAMRA’s bitter category in the Champion Beers of Britain.
Seaberry, Driftwood Spars Brewery
Our gluten-free Seaberry (4.2%) has a tart citrus zing from sea buckthorn which makes it a great companion to Asian-inspired food like Vietnamese fresh spring rolls and Thai fish cakes.
Bramble, Attic Brew Co.
A sour beer makes a lovely match to an alfresco feast of cured meats and Spanish tortilla. Crammed with blackberries and raspberries, Attic Brew Co.’s Bramble fruited sour (5.9%) is summer in a glass and will cut through the richness of meats and egg.
Lockdown, Fallen Acorn Brewing Co
An IPA works beautifully with sweet, pickled, oily and salty vegetables such as artichoke hearts, olives and roasted red peppers. Lockdown (4.5%) by Fallen Acorn Brewing Co includes plenty of New World hops and is the perfect partner for veggie tapas.
Like 5 of the best picnic beers? Check out Louise’s pick of low-alcohol beers here.