It's not all about the craft beers - we also have traditional ales! Often in bottles, still and best served at room temperature, real ales have made Britain famous.
They can be more malty, like best bitters, amber and brown ales - hoppy, like traditional IPAs, pale ales, golden and blonde ales - or dark and roasty with traditional stouts and porters.
With its rich aroma of hops and malt, and a long, deep, bittersweet finish, Gem is an exceptional best bitter.
Gem (4.1% vol / 4.8% vol in bottles) is a quintessentially English beer, brewed with skill and passion using floor-malted Maris Otter barley and Goldings hops from Kent. Gem contains wheat and barley malt.
Probably the best word ever. Cwtch (rhymes with butch) can mean either cuddle or cubbyhole. Grab a glass, relax and cwtch up with this untraditional Welsh red ale - a perfect blend of six caramelly malts and three citrussy American hops.
It isn’t your average bitter - the hops do more to this deep amber coloured beer than just provide bite. Any old hop can do that! We’ve selected some of the most aromatic and tangy hops from the other side of the pond to give this red a fresh hit that complements the caramel flavours of the malts that gives this beer its colour. Drinkability and balance makes this beer.
We love a good Cwtch, and we’re not the only ones…
CHAMPION BEER OF BRITAIN 2015
With a roasted barley aroma, a deep, dark colour and a smooth, dry taste, Dark Side has all the hallmarks of an exquisite stout.
Dark Side (4.0% vol) is an impressive and seriously smooth stout, brewed with flair and diligence using a blend of dark roasted malts and an old-fashioned (and rather famous) English hop called Fuggles. Dark Side contains wheat and barley malt.
A new addition to the Bath Ales collection comes an IPA
Taste notes of Grassy, lemon, lime, pine.
Country : UK
ABV : 5%
With its fresh citrus, hoppy aroma and a dry, bitter finish, Wild Hare is an impeccable, wonderful, wholesome golden ale.
Wild Hare (5.0% vol) is a tastefully dry, crisp and full-flavoured ale, brewed with skill and passion using the finest Pale Ale malt and English hops. Wild Hare contains wheat and barley malt.
Our flagship beer; a classic best bitter to suit the Bristol palate.
Based on a Sixties recipe using all-British malt and hops.
It is temptingly copper in colour with a malty aroma and is notably well balanced with malt and biscuity tones, polished off by a satisfyingly bitter finish.
Country : UK,Bristol
ABV : 4%
Dawkins - Bristol Blonde
Citrus aroma full of fresh lemons and spicy zest.
The mouth is filled with vanilla malt and left with a long and satisfying bitter finish.
An easy-drinking “session beer” with a character, refreshing at any time of year.
National Champion Bronze Bitter 2015 at the SIBA BeerX
Gold class medal winner at SIBA Maltings 2015
Gold class medal winner and overall Champion Bronze at SIBA Maltings 2014
Country : UK, Bristol
ABV : 3.8%
Dawkins - Easton IPA
Brand new beer from Dawkins!
A complex blend of six hop varieties including powerful American Cascade, Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo for a luscious, tropically fruity taste with a truly refreshing citrus-scented finish.
Pale gold in colour, with a thin, white, head. Sharp citrus fruits & slightly creamy malts.
Country : UK, Bristol
ABV : 4.4%
Anglo-American IPA with mango aroma and flavour with grapefruit and multi-layered tropical fruits, amber gold colour in colour, naturally hazy. A powerhouse of a beer with masses of flavour.
Using rich American Cascade, Chinook hops and dry-hopped with Centennial. Unfined for yet more flavour.
Crisp, refreshing, citrus
A very well-balanced, exceptionally refreshing golden beer brewed with the rare English Bramling Cross hops for a slightly spicy, fruity aroma and flavour.
First brewed as a house beer for our original pub, The Miner’s Arms in St Werburghs, where it is still the best selling beer under the name ‘Miner’s Gold’.
Recently revised recipe with an updated hop profile for a fuller, rounder flavour, still using all-British malt and hops.
Good with food
Roast chicken, grilled fish, salads
What’s in it
Pale Maris Otter, Wheat, Caramalt, Crystal Malts
Bramling Cross (UK), Progress (UK), Challenger (UK) whole hops
Water, yeast, finings
Contains gluten (barley, wheat)
Dark, smooth, fruity.
A new beer from Dawkins of Bristol, with rich malt, roasty and nutty flavours, deep red fruits and a smooth, easy-drinking style.
Try also: (*specials available irregularly)
Good with food - Roast beef, lamb, casseroles
Allergy advice - Contains gluten (barley, wheat)
Dawkins - Lockdown Love
An all-new recipe by the Dawkins Head Brewer Will - brewed as a thank you to all customers for their support in these difficult times.
Unfined, hazy, hoppy and moreish!
The first small run proved a hit so they’re continuing to brew it and produced new artwork for the pump clips, hand-drawn with love by their founder, Glen Dawkins x
Country : UK, Bristol
ABV : 4.6%
Azacca, named for the Haitian god of agriculture, is a hop big in citrus and tropical fruit notes.
Bold, fruity and hoppy beer. A descendent of Northern Brewer and Summit, it’s a cross between Toyomidori and an unknown variety. Bred by the American Dwarf Hop Association. Released in 2013.
Country : UK
ABV : 4.5%
No really, they're being deadly serious.
It's always been a running joke that Polly's should produce a Best Bitter, often getting a chuckle from their team whenever it's mentioned.
With it now being a full calendar year since some of us have been to the pub though, they all agreed that one of the things they've missed most throughout this whole lockdown period has been the familiar warmth of a pint of cask bitter.
Whilst they're not going as extreme as racking off a load of firkins, they are confident enough in their own abilities as a brewery now that they are comfortable producing a style of beer that, whilst not dripping in insane dry-hopping rates, gives that familiarity of the pub that is within literal touching distance.
Letting the malt lead here, they've gone for small additions of Cascade and East Kent Goldings for a pleasant bitterness, and fermented out with SO4 for a little bit of haze to remind that this is definitely Polly's.
Flintshire, North Wales