Beer is our national drink and there’s never been a better time to enjoy it. Of all the beer styles available to us today there is arguably one that is more inextricably linked to British beer culture than any other – bitter.
TThe darkness of winter has been replaced with the revitalising freshness of spring. Lambs, wild garlic, daffodils, fluttering butterflies and chirping birds are just some of the things that mark the change of season. And spring also brings with it a gentle change in the beer we drink and the food we eat.
Lager is the most commonly consumed beer style in the world. All the biggest beer brands are lagers from Budweiser and Carling to Heineken and Pilsner Urquell. When you think lager you think pale, straw coloured beer with a clean, crisp flavour served in a nonic pint glass – those glasses with a bulge at the top and were introduced to reduce breakage and nicks (“nonic”) in glasses when stacked. Lager is all of those things but a lot more besides.