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British Beers and Cider
Products › British Beers and Cider
Buy Local Beer and Cider Gift Packs Online with UK Delivery
Craft Beers, commonly known as Real Ales have been produced in Britain for Centuries but in recent years have experienced a significant revival with the number of independently owned breweries increasing almost weekly, as customers go in search of varying and exciting new tastes.
Real Ale is a beer brewed from traditional ingredients ( malted barley, hops water and yeast), matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide.
Real Ale in a bottle is the next best thing and the bottled equivalent to the draught real ales you can enjoy at the pub. The technical term for real ale in a bottle is bottle -conditioned and this is what appears on most bottled real ales.
There is a huge range of different beer styles, each with different qualities, tastes and strengths, but each falls into one ot two main categories : ale or lager, the key difference between ales and lagers is the type of fermentation. Lagers are made using bottom-fermenting yeast and Ales which include bitters, milds, stouts, porters, barley wines, golden ales and old ales , use top-fermenting yeast.
Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK do support and promote beers from our local breweries, We offer several gift packs with a selection of different style of beers from local and regional breweries.
Real Cider is a long established traditional drink which is produced naturally from apples and is neither carbonated or pasteurised. Real Cider and Perry (made from pears) can only be made when the fruit is ripe. The harvest time is roughly from September to November and buy October production is in full flow.
Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK support and promote local cider and perry producers. We offer a selection of Cider Gift Packs from cider producers all round the country and not just the traditional cider counties of Devon, Somerset and Herefordshire.