Organic Ales & Bitters

Organic Ales & Bitters

Ales and bitters come in a wide range of styles, from light amber bitters to full-bodied, strong vintage ales. Good ale doesn’t begin at the brewery; it begins at the farmstead where the ingredients are grown. Sustainable farms are where naturally cultivated hops and barley are produced. Sustainability and flavour really do go hand in hand as everything that goes into the ale is pure and not diluted with traces of synthetic chemicals and preservatives.

So what distinguishes ale from other beer varieties? Of course, no two ales are alike, though seasoned drinkers can often taste a hint of floral hops with a subtle hint of bitterness. Most describe ale as a medium to full-bodied beer with an aftertaste of caramelised malt. Most varieties have a pleasant, crisp finishing note enhanced with a fruity edge.

If you love ale, then you may also naturally gravitate towards bitters, which belong to the ale family. Like ale, bitters also utilise top-fermented yeast but usually have a drier texture and are also lightly carbonated. With bitters, some of the hops are also added late in the boil. This gives the drink various aromatic qualities depending on the quantity of hops added at various stages.

Finally, as you can probably guess, bitters have a somewhat higher bitter tasting profile. Depending on the brand, it may also have a noticeable sour or bittersweet note if fruit or citrus ingredients are part of the blend. Why not try using ales or bitters in place of wine for cooking, they can add wonderful flavours to stews and sauces.

Both ale and bitters originated in medieval England and was a staple in the everyday peasant’s diet. In fact, it was the most common provision next to bread. Today, though, English ales and bitters are enjoyed by the common man and the wealthy alike. Other variations from countries including France and Scotland have also produced their own variants with their own distinct tasting profile. Regardless of whether you prefer ale or bitter, both are best enjoyed when an organic brand is consumed. Opt for organic to truly enjoy the drinks in their most pure and refined state.

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  1. Fullers Organic Honey Dew Ale 50cl

    London, England

    HALF PRICE TO CLEAR - Best Before: 18/07/16. Brewed from English organic malt and hops and laced with the finest organic honey.

    Was: £2.40

    Now: £1.20

  2. Sam Smiths Organic Pale Ale 35cl

    Yorkshire, England

    This top-quality ale continues to be hugely popular.

    £1.85 a bottle

  3. Fullers Organic Honey Dew Ale 33cl

    London, England

    It's beery enough to please beer lovers, but has enough difference from the organic honey flavours to appeal to a wider audience.

    £1.85 a bottle

  4. Black Isle Brewery Red Kite Ale

    Scotland, Scotland

    A very welcome return of a beer we used to stock in days gone by.

    £2.15 a bottle

  5. Black Isle Goldfinch Gluten Free IPA

    Scotland

    Full-flavoured, lower-alcohol, gluten-free craft beer - what's not to like?!

    £2.15 a bottle

  6. Whitstable Bay Organic Ale

    Kent, England

    This elegant, light beer is backed by the impressive essentials of traditionally farmed English malted barley and organic hops from New Zealand, which fuse to produce a bittersweet flavour with floral overtones and a dry finish.

    £2.19 a bottle

  7. Rocket Fuel Beer

    Yorkshire, England

    Great value flavoursome ale to get you into space!

    £2.25 a bottle

  8. Arkells Bees Organic Ale

    Wiltshire, England

    Premium organic ale made with pure honey

    £2.30 a bottle

  9. Black Isle Brewery Goldeneye Pale Ale

    Scotland, Scotland

    A true Pale Ale brewed with a complex blend of lightly roasted malts and new world hops.

    £2.30 a bottle

  10. La Goule Biere Ambrée

    Bergerac & Southwest France, France

    A satisfying French artisanal beer, brewed by the Pinard family in Charente

    £2.35 a bottle

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