Getting to know your beers

The world of drink can be complicated enough, let alone getting to know all the styles of beer you can consume. Here at the Craft Drink Co. we hope to make things a little easier by explaining the key benefits and differences between some of the beers we deliver!

American Pale Ale

The American Pale Ale is originally British in origin and is the American interpretation of a classic English beer style. This type of beer is characterised by being cleaner and hoppier than British versions with increased floral, citrus and pine notes, a medium body and a mildly bitter finish.

Arbor American Pale Ale

I Speak For The Trees (5%)

Black IPA

The Black IPA will generally combine the dark malt base of a stout or porter with flavours of caramel, chocolate and coffee, following by an aftertaste of citrus, berries and pine notes.

Purity Brewery Black IPA

Saddleback (5.8%)

Brown Ale

Brown Ales are the balance of hop-forward ales and malt-forward darker beers. The flavour has a sweet profile with mid to high levels of hoppy bitterness. You will undoubtedly be able to taste both chocolate and caramel notes following by a nourishing bitter finish.

Big Drop Brown Ale

Brown Ale (<0.5%)

India Pale Ale (IPA)

Indian Pale Ale was invented in Britain during the 19th century and was discovered by chance when British sailors, while sailing to India, loaded up barrels of beer with hops which acted as a preservative for the long journey home across the seas. It would turn out that the hops hung around for such a length of time that the beer lost their fruity flavour and left a bitter tasting beer. From this British IPA was born and are considered much more bitter and malt than a traditional Pale Ale.

Cotswold IPA



Lagers are bottom-fermented, which means the yeast strains work more effectively at colder temperatures for longer periods of time during fermentation. This process allows for a clean and crisp tasting drink. However, there are a plethora of lagers which come in many different forms, from those that are highly hopped to more traditional smoked varieties. The range is incredibly diverse.

Ramsbury Brewery Lager

Red Ram Lager (4.5%)

Pale Ale

Pale Ale is an incredibly popular style of beer brewed with predominantly pale malts that produces a gorgeous golden to amber colour. Pale Ales are another example of where Americans have taken a traditional British beer style and adapted it into what we drink today.

Prescott Ales Pale Ale

Hill Climb (3.8%)

Session IPA

A session IPA is an interpretation of the American IPA, just with a lower ABV. This gives the title ‘session’ credence as it is understood that session IPA’s are a highly drinkable alternative to more potent craft beers. The flavour and taste are still very much dominated by citrus, pine and tropical fruits.

Arkells Session IPA

Hoperation IPA (4.2%)


Pilsner is a type of lager that originates from the Czech Republic. The beer is light in colour and typically offers more residual malty sweetness than a lager. The spicy floral and strong hop flavours of Pilsner have made this style of beer incredibly popular all over the world.

Bobby Beer Pilsner



You’ve probably heard of stout thanks to the popular brand Guinness, but it was in fact Porter that came first, and was popularised by Arthur Guinness himself. The primary difference between a stout and a porter is that the malts used to brew the beer is very different. Porter is traditionally dark brown or even black in colour with a distinct taste of chocolate, coffee and dark berries. Porter was an incredibly popular drink in 19th century London for street and river porters – hence the title!

Titanic Brewery Porter

Plum Porter (4.9%)


Stouts and porters started life as the same beer, so it’s not a surprise that the line between the two styles is ambiguous. The distinct difference is the presence of roasted malt, which is a range of malt that creates dominantly coffee flavours. A stout will have roasted malts and associated flavours, whereas a porter does not. Fruity esters as less apparent within a stout although a degree of bitterness if evident from the hops.

Bath Ales Stout

Dark Side (4%)

Amber & Red Ale

Red and Amber Ales are warming and rich styles that can be drunk all year round yet are most popular across the world throughout the winter months. The taste of both Amber and Red Ale will provide citrus, spice and herbal notes, thanks to the introduction of British and US hops, all layered atop a pleasantly sweet malt base.

Bath Ales Stout

Dark Side (4%)

Gloucester Brewery Red Ale

Cascade (5.0%)

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