Friday, 26 July 2013

EPA: A Refreshing Summer Thirst-Quencher

- By Matthew Kitwood

What could be more of a great accompaniment to such fantastic weather other than something wet and alcoholic? I personally don’t think there is much else, and I’ve certainly been getting my fill!

Now, it is often wrongly assumed by younger drinkers that beer can’t be refreshing in hot weather, which is a common reason for many to choose lager and cider over beer. Beer can undoubtedly be enjoyed when it’s sweltering, and I’ve had the opportunity to try a real summery little gem, which goes by the name of EPA (English Pale Ale). 

It is brewed in Burton by the Marston’s brewery using Burton’s unique spring water.

Its roots stretch back to the Victorian era when IPA (India Pale Ale) was being produced in Burton for export to India.

Marston’s has brought this old classic back as EPA and it really hits the spot when the sun is out and you're gasping for a drink. At 3.6% ABV it can be enjoyed comfortably all afternoon, perfect for any beer garden gathering. It’s fruity and slightly bitter which makes it beautifully refreshing.

I found this in cask at my local, but you can buy cases of a dozen 500 ml bottles of Marston's EPA directly from their site for £14.98, which I think is a bargain for such a belter.

By the bottle or cask, I’m certain you won’t be disappointed!

1 comment:

  1. Good write up, will have to get a few bottles of that because I'm absolutely boiling right now!