Food and Drink

The UK's Most Popular Beers

Nidhi Rai

December 12, 2018 02:55 PM

There is little doubt that beer is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks around the world, but did you know that the UK is its eighth largest consumer?

Popularity of beers varies from one part of the country to another, for example, Heineken is extremely well liked in London and parts of the South of England whilst, further north, such as Yorkshire, John Smiths is the preferred tipple. Head up to Scotland and Tennent’s is widely preferred, which proves that, according to YouGov research, people from each region make their own unique choices when selecting their favourite beers.

The South of England

Visit most pubs in the southern part of the UK and real ale takes pride of place over lager. London Pride, produced by local brewery Fullers, is one of the most popular choices and proudly carries the motto, “Not just made in London, but made of London”. The much lighter organic Honey Dew Golden Ale is also extremely popular, as is their strong and hearty Black Cab Ale. Let’s also not forget the delicious and warming Old Winter Ale, with its sweet, nutty flavour.

Heading East – Norfolk and Suffolk

With around ten breweries plus many smaller micro-breweries such as Humpty Dumpty and Woodfordes, beer drinkers are spoilt for choice. However, Greene King with its Speckled Hen and the pale Old Crafty Hen are probably the most well-known and popular. These are followed closely by Nethergate’s dark, stout-like Old Growler and the Norfolk Wherry Best Bitter.

The West – Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

This part of the UK has a strong brewing tradition with many different types of beer to choose from. The Cornish based Sharps Brewery produces the extremely popular Doom Bar Bitter and a fruity special ale called Sea Fury. In neighbouring Devon, Hunter’s and Dartmoor are the most chosen whilst Palmers Brewery in Dorset produces the incredibly popular Copper Ale and Dorset Gold.

The North of England

Apart from the previously mentioned John Smith’s beers, other popular brands include Magic Rock Rapture, the Ilkley Brewery Notorious and Webster’s Yorkshire Bitter. Moving over the border to Lancashire, the most sought-after beers include Nutty Black Mild, Spitting Feathers and Ginger Wedman, all from the well-known Daniel Thwaites Brewery.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Drinkers in Scotland love their Tennant’s beer, particularly the lager, however, other popular beers include Caledonia Best, a 100% Scottish beer both in its recipe and ingredients. Welsh beer drinkers have a penchant for the Craft Welsh Pale from the Glamorgan Brewing Company and the Blorenge Golden Ale brewed by the Tudor Brewery. Moving across the sea to Northern Ireland, beer drinkers relish the likes of all stouts, including Clotworthy Dobbin.

The one beer that remains a strong favourite throughout the UK is Guinness. Although it is brewed in Southern Ireland, it would be remiss not to mention it as it's unlikely there is a single pub in the UK that does not sell this extra special beer.