6 best beers for London Beer Week

Melisha Kaur, Bianca Barratt

Nothing beats an ice-cold beer after a long day at work. To celebrate London Beer Week (13th- 19th), we’ve rounded up a selection of refreshing offerings to quench your thirst with.

1. Staropramen

The number one Prague beer in the world, Staropramen has the hoppy, fruity aroma of a traditional Czech pilsner. First brewed in 1869, the recipe hasn’t changed much since then; remaining true to its roots. The brewery will also be unveiling an exclusive range of beers at the Spirit of Prague Beer Festival in London this weekend.

£1.99, Tesco, Buy it now

2. Alhambra Reserva 1925

This full-bodied Spanish lager, a winner from the 2009 World Beer Awards, offers subtle caramel notes, herbal hops and a crisp finish. Made with pure water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it has been brewed for 35 days and is dark amber in colour.

£1.79, The Pip Stop, Buy it now

3. BrewDog Hardcore IPA

With helpings of three of major North American hops, this no-frills IPA from the Scotland craft brewer packs a hearty punch. It has a malty backbone with aromas of citrus fruit, spiced rum and whisky to cover all taste buds. This bad-boy received a Gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup.

£3.99, Prestige Drinks, Buy it now

4. Thornbridge Lukas

The Imperial version of Britain’s iconic India Pale Ale is a hoppy affair. Its flavours of orange and melon lead up to an intense bitter finish. The 10-percent Jaipur X was crafted to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Derbyshire-based brewery, Thornbridge. A boozy beer for sipping slowly.

£2.20, Beer Merchants, Buy it now

5. Bosteels Kwak

A Belgian strong ale with a spicy body, hints of banana – which come from yeast – and a late bitterness. Famed for its iconic beer glass that sits upright in a wooden stand, Kwak was first created at the Bosteels brewery in Buggenhout in 1791. The well-balanced beverage is easily drinkable and tastes great paired with dark chocolate.

£2.99, Beer Hawk, Buy it now

6. Fuller's London Porter

This British offering is widely recognised as the world’s finest porter, with a huge number of awards under its belt. It’s brewed from a blend of Pale, Crystal and Brown malts and balanced by traditional Fuggles hops. Notes of coffee and chocolate create a deeply rich mouthful that lingers on your palate. Best paired with rich meats or oysters.

£1.80, Sainsbury’s, Buy it now

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