The best local beer to accompany your BBQ

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a barbeque and a cool glass of local beer. If you’re looking for a tasty tipple to wash down your burgers with this season, look no further than our home turf for some of the best beers around.

East Anglia has firmly established itself as one of the biggest contenders for producing the countries most popular brews. Throughout the counties among the cities, coastal towns and country villages you’ll find a mix of locally brewed beers, ales and bitters all readily available from specialist shops, suppliers and public houses.

Greene King and Adnams are the obvious big players. Green King probably makes more beer than the rest of the breweries in East Anglia put together, and supplies to a majority of pubs throughout the UK with favourites such as IPA and Abbot Ale.

Located in the delightful Southwold, Adnams is one of the most popular breweries in the region with its own stores in Southwold, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge, Hadleigh and at Jimmy’s Farm. Behind its Victorian walls, visitors are able to take tours of the brewery where they can learn more about the brewing process and try a range of samples of our regions best local beer.

Top of the crops for local breweries in East of England


If you’re looking for something a little different to impress your BBQ guests try sampling one of the region’s smaller brewers. In the heart of rural Suffolk, on a family farm, Calvors Brewery specialises in premium lagers. Traditional methods are used, brewing in small batches with local malted barley to ensure an exceptional tasting beer. There’s no need to stockpile for your event either, Calvors offer mobile units to serve draught, pub style beer. An attractive oak clad keg is available in either 52 or 88 pints, which can be delivered for the day and then picked when empty – what could be better?

photo courtesy of Calvers Facebook Page

It’s no secret that Norfolk is home to some wonderful micro-breweries. If you’re visiting the county this summer, then a tour is definitely something to consider. A brewery tour will give you an insight into how the beer is made from crop to cup. Most tours include tasters too, so it’s a great way to sample beers you may not find in your local pub or off licence.

Tring Brewery in Hertfordshire won Silver in the Barley Wine & Strong Old Ales Class in 2019 at the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) awards. The brewery hosts popular tours on Thursdays and Saturdays for groups of all sizes. The Thursday tours are particularly well attended at just £25 per person;


This relaxed but informative evening in the company of like minded beer fans includes a tour covering the history of the brewery, our beers and how we make them. There’s fish and chips (vegetarian/vegan option available), halfway through the evening and beer flowing from the pumps all night long.

More information on the Tring Brewery Tours can be found via the link

A pint of beer from Tring Brewery in Hertfordshire

It’s not just Suffolk and Norfolk that are stealing the limelight when it comes to East Anglian beers, Cambridgeshire is also turning out a delightful brew. The Moonshine brewery established itself over 10 years ago in Fulbourn. In that time it has received numerous national and regional awards and is known for its clean fresh taste. Its beers are available in outlets in Cambridge and can be sampled at some of the region’s beer festivals.

Calverley’s Brewery is the probably one of the newest to the city of Cambridge, arriving in September 2013 but it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Receiving high praises from CAMRA on quality and taste, the brewery has been supplying its Best Bitter to the popular Architect on Castle Street.

In fact, Claverleys have recently introduced two new products to their shelves. The classic SIBA award winning Pale Ale (4.2%) and a punchy IPA (6.9%). Head over to the website and you can currently order 6 packs and 12 packs with free next day delivery within Cambridge.

Why not check out our guide to the best places to buy BBQ produce from in Norfolk so you can enjoy a BBQ on the beach this summer – Secret Norfolk: Where to get the best food for a beach BBQ!

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