From England to Scotland, beer in the United Kingdom has a long history and quite distinct traditions. Historically, the main styles were top-fermented Bitters, Porters and Stouts, but after World War II, Lagers rose to popularity. As a result, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) was founded in 1971 to encourage the preservation and revival of traditional ale.
The first tax on beer was UK was the Saladin Tithe, introduced in 1188, by Henry II to raise money for the Crusades. But in the 20th century, a tax cut for small breweries lead to an explosion of new breweries – as of September 2014, there were over 1472 breweries in the UK, with three breweries starting every week! In 2014, brewers have also started to grow British hop varieties. The cool maritime climate means that British-grown hops have less myrcene than the same varieties grown elsewhere, allowing more delicate, complex aromas to come through. British ales tend to reflect these characteristics and have more of a balance between bitterness and aroma. Taste them in our awesome collection of ales (and ciders) from the United Kingdom.