Anyone can drink. But drinking in style is a different matter. National Beer Day seems a rather good reason to celebrate with a cold one. But where should you get your frothy fix?
Jenny Rea is chief Product Developer for Beer at M&S (who sell 59 different flavours of the stuff and 14 bottles every minute). Responsible for every lager, stout, pale ale and porter that you see on their shelves, it's Jenny's job to scour the world for kooky bars and breweries and the next big drinks trends, and we have spent many (happy) hours grilling her on all things booze.
Her latest projects for M&S include launching a 31 (!!) Hop IPA from Butcombe Brewery in Bristol, creating a lower alcohol IPA (4%) and introducing a line of American style beers including American Coconut IPA, made with Mosaic and Sorachi hops infused with coconut.
As well as having the most incredible job Jenny is also exactly the kind of person you would want to spend a night down the pub with, and so we're delighted that she's shared some of her favourite London drinking dens with us...
1. EUSTON TAP, EUSTON
A completely independent craft beer house that has cheered many a commuter. You won't see any big name brands here, instead you'll be tasting interesting and exclusive brews from the U.S. and beyond (with prices to match). Also home to London's only dedicated cider bar.
2. THE WHITE HORSE, PARSON'S GREEN
Also known as the Sloaney Pony, this is a great place to be in the summer when chino-wearing beer-lovers spill out onto the green. The pub runs its own beer festivals, including an American Beer Festival around Independence Day in July and an Old Ale Festival in November. And on the menu all dishes have been paired with a beer, as suggested by the cellar men.
3. Mother Kelly's, BETHNAL GREEN
A New York inspired tap room with 23 taps (19 devoted to beer) and six fridges bulging with amber nectar to drink in or take away. They also sell over 400 beers (and cool merch) online.
There's no proper kitchen as such, but on the menu is sharing plates of meat, cheese and pies (clean-eaters might want to try the Japanese Canteen next door).
4. THE FOX, HAGGERSTON
Dog-friendly (so long as your pooch gets on with unofficial queen of The Fox, Luna), with a roof terrace and craft beer vending machine for when you really REALLY can't wait to pop the top.
5. THE RAKE, BOROUGH MARKET
A greasy spoon transformed into one of the first craft beer bars in London back in 2006, this wee drinking den lives by the motto 'no crap on tap' and only serves beer brewed in the country of origin and nothing brewed under license.