The best beers to try this International Beer Day

By Tempus | 01 Jul 2021 | Indulge

Ditch the pub and celebrate all things hoppy by cracking open a cold one of these in the garden

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As one of the world's most popular alcoholic beverages, it is perhaps no surprise that each year, billions of people across the globe come together to honour a holiday created specifically to venerate this ancient drink; this year the festival, known as International Beer Day, falls on 6 August. 

How you choose to celebrate it depends entirely on your personal preferences, be it taking sips of a crisp lager in between burger flips on a backdoor BBQ, or indulging an a decadent Imperial Stout in front of late night TV.

However, if you're stuck for choice, here are some of the best rare and unusual beers that Tempus recommends this International Beer Day.

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DUVEL BARREL AGED BOURBON BATCH NO. 3

Created by a fourth-generation family-run brewery based in Belgium, this beer has been aged in a Bourbon oak barrel for around six months creating a stronger and darker beverage compared to the normal Duvel. 

thebelgianbeercompany.com

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BIRD & BLEND TEARIFFIC BOX

Crafted in collaboration with epic Bristol beer brewers Basement Beer, tea masters Bird & Blend are offering a unique treat; two super tasty tea-infused beers available to purchase in a box set.

One is the Cabana Cooler Fruit Tea Pale Ale, a mouth-watering tropical IPA flavoured with pineapple and papaya, perfect for cooling down on a sunny day. The other is the delicious Strawberry Lemonade Sour Beer, a light and refreshing strawberry lemonade tea-infused sour beer made with enigma hops and a big hit of strawberry.

birdandblendtea.com

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SALCOMBE BREWERY'S SPEYSIDE WHISKY BARREL AGED PORTER

Created by ageing their award-winning Island Street Porter in a Speyside whisky barrel for six months, Salcombe Brewery's limited edition beer will not disappoint. 

With an almost jam like sweetness balanced against the peaky notes from the whisky, this delicious beverage boasts a full-bodied chocolatey finish guaranteed to tickle your tastebuds. 

salcombebrewery.com

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PEOPLE'S CAPTAIN

People’s Captain is a new range of craft beers founded by professional rugby player, Greg Bateman. In 2019, Greg addressed his personal battle with depression on social media, and candidly opened up about his mental health struggles. He set his sights on producing a range of craft beers, that not only taste great, but also build something strong, positive and long-lasting that really makes lives better. 

All People’s Captain beers sold will help support The People's Captain Foundation. The charity will take a % of the sales to raise £1million to help boost Britain’s mental health as well as provide brave and brilliant initiatives for those that need it most.

peoplescaptain.co.uk

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THE HEAVEN HILL BOURBON BARREL AGED PORTER

Another winner from Salcombe Brewery, their award-winning Island Street Porter has been aged in a Heaven Hill Bourbon barrel for six months to create a beer with complex and divine flavours. 

The beverage holds a distinctive vanilla character from the oak, adding a rich creamy note, reminiscent of clotted cream. With sweet flavours complemented by smokey tones and a dry finish, this smooth and silky beer is guaranteed to make your mouth water. 

salcombebrewery.com

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CHOUFFE BOK 6666

A seasonal beer specially brewed for the Dutch market, the CHOUFFE BOK 6666 holds a fresh and fruity flavour creating a pleasant roundness on the palate that ends with a hint of bitterness. 

Treat yourself to this copper-coloured beverage this International Beer Day. 

chouffe.com

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LIEFMANS GOUDENBAND 

Created by blending matured beer of 12 months with younger beer, this dark beverage merges the complexity of old with the sharp edge of the new batch.

A dark red colour with notes of caramel, fresh fruits and malt on the nose, Liefmans' distincitve dark beer provided hints of apple and cherry followed by wood with nuts and raisins to finish.

beersofeurope.co.uk

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VEDETT EXTRA PLAYA

The most recent launch from Vedett, this tropical lager is the perfect summer thirst-quencher with refreshing notes of lemon zest.

Brewed with corn for a light finish, this fresh beverage is a taste of Belgian summer. 

cambridgewine.com