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DURHAM ATKINSON,

OWNER OF THE HOPS &

GLORY, ISLINGTON

Dark Star Sunburst It's in the name:

a super-refreshing and zesty

beer. Perfect for a hop junkie

sitting in the sun.

Hopf Helle Weisse A banging

wheat beer with super

vanilla, citrus aromas and good carbonation to give

you a proper refreshing snap.

Oakham Ales Blonde Using Waimea and Pacific Jade hops,

this golden blonde ale is rich and chewy on the mid-palate

and has a long, dry finish.

Lagunitas CitruSinensis Strong at 8%, this is rich and full of

flavour. It's brewed using the juice of Sanguinello blood

oranges and a combination of wheat and malt, producing

a super-citrus in-your-face pale ale.

TIM PEYTON, MANAGER

AT THE REAL ALE SHOP,

TWICKENHAM

To ØL Gose To Hollywood A lightly

tart Citra-led juice box of a

beer, made with Californian

oranges and a tasteful sprinkling

of salt. It is not as weird as it

sounds - simply plain delicious.

Kernel Table Beer This is the best-selling beer in the shop,

and it's easy to see why. Accessible, low in alcohol and

extremely refreshing. It's light but still oozes character.

Siren Calypso One of the finest Berliner Weisses on

the market. Pretty upfront and sour to begin with,

but then it gently pummels you with fleshy tropical

fruits from the dry hops.

Birri�cio Italiano Tipopils The ultimate pilsner in my

book. Clean as a whistle with a lovely nose of geranium

and acacia and the crispest of finishes. This would

be on tap on my desert island.

JAMES HICKSON, FOUNDER

OF WE BROUGHT BEER,

A TRIO OF SPECIALIST

BEER SHOPS AND BARS IN

SOUTH LONDON

Magic Rock Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose

A German-style sour beer,

brewed with gooseberries to

add a fruity kick. As tart as you

like, it is surprisingly thirst-quenching.

Roosters Baby Faced Assassin Packed full of aromas and

flavours of mango, grapefruit and soft apricot, this is a juicy

blast of tropical fruit. Watch out: the 6.1% abv completely

fails to show itself until you try to stand up.

Gipsy Hill Beatnik Pale Ale At 3.8%, you can enjoy a

few of these session pale ales without feeling too

much the worse for wear. Bursting with tropical

fruit aromas, Beatnik hits you with a barrage of flavour

that belies its low strength.

Orbit Brewing Nico Nico sits somewhere between a lager and

an ale. It is beautifully light on the palate, with a grassy

aroma and an intense bitterness more akin to a pale ale.

BARS + DRINK

A GREAT WIT

What gives a lot of these saisons their

delicate texture, lightness and refreshing,

crisp acidity is the use of wheat in the

mash bill. So it makes sense that both the

wheat-driven Weissbier and Witbier,

originating in Bavaria and Belgium

respectively, come into their own

when the sun comes out.

Hazy Belgian Witbiers are commonly

brewed with coriander and orange peel,

and make an ideal accompaniment to

summer salads and light fish dishes,

complementing the dish like a squeeze of

lemon and smattering of herbs.

As anyone who has spent an afternoon in

a sunny Munich beer garden will testify, a

frothy-headed, bulbous glass of Erdinger

Urweisse can slake a thirst with Teutonic

efficiency from a hundred yards.

Finally, you can't forget lager in the

summer months. True lager, languidly

matured for long periods in cold conditions,

has an elegance to it; a lightness of touch

with a spritzy bitterness from the hops. And

one lager-conditioned beer that has all of

these things is Mahrs Bräu Ungespundet, a

cracking unfiltered Kellerbier (cellar beer)

that's lagered for eight weeks in Bamberg.

Other lovely lagers to let into your life

include Hobo Craft Czech Lager,

�ornbridge Bayern Pilsener, Birrificio

Italiano Tipopils and the unpasteurised

Pilsner Urquell Tank Beer, now available

from a growing number of outlets.

Whichever of these styles of beer you

choose, you can guarantee that it will be

perfect after a long, hard day moving

icons around your desktop.

HAVE I GOT BREWS FOR YOU

Three experts pick their favourite beers for slaking that thirst on a sunny day

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