Bitter beers and ales are a hazy group of brews in more ways than one! It’s a very broad style and covers pale ales in several golden-brown shades, across low to mid-sized ABVs. In recent years, bitter beers have undergone a revival on the back of the craft beer revolution. Today, there’s plenty of types of bitter beer to choose from beyond the mass-produced beers of yesteryear. Check out our bitter beers and real ales below and, if you have any questions, get in touch.
Bitter is an old-fashioned British term for a whole host of beer styles that have now diverged and got their own categories. It was used to describe any bitter beer that didn't fall into the category of lager, porter or stout, so once included IPAs, red ales, golden ales and more.
These days, however, it’s used to describe classic British styles with solid, malty backbones and a light citrus or earthy hop profile, so styles like best bitter ales, ESBs (extra special bitter ales), and milds. It’s these great tastes that mean British bitter has become increasingly popular in recent years.
Despite its old-fashioned reputation, many American brewers are also producing this style alongside the many fantastic examples of it being brewed in the UK. Indeed, bitters are a definitively English type of beer, made by breweries like Wylam and Deya – though, as you’ll find in our range of real ale craft bitters, the style has become popular with other breweries, too, such as Ireland’s The White Hag.
Find your style of bitter beer or ale in our range above, using the search filters to narrow your selection. For more information on your order, contact our team and, to delve further into the interesting world of beer, view our features.