One woman's ale journey

A beery boozy journey with delightful snacks along the way and a book in my hand.

Where to buy good beer

I've always bought my beer in "real" shops.  I spend hours perusing the shelves, reading the labels and making a shortlist of potential purchases.  As an internet shopper for many years, I don't know why I've never looked for ale online until now.  It's just one of life's mysteries.

I've found a few websites and will be trying them over the coming months, so for now I've just popped some links down and a brief description of what looks good about the site.  I will update as soon as I part with my hard-earned cash!

My new favourite online beer supplier based in The Netherlands.  Don't let the international location put you off, they promise to deliver in 48 hours and indeed they do.  

Once you have a look on the site you won't be able to resist placing an order as they have an outstanding choice of world beers at amazing prices.  I don't think I will buy beer from the supermarket again as Beerwulf have a better, cheaper selection with free delivery to your door via Yodel.

The customer service is outstanding should you ever have a query with your order.  I didn't have to raise a query on my first order as Beerwulf rang me before I received my order to let me know that one of the bottles was out of stock.  No problem, but it would have been had I received my order to find it a bottle short!

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Beerwulf to all beer lovers.

Based in Harrogate, delivery is £6.99 or free if spending over £50.  That gets a big thumbs up for me, I'd much rather buy a few more beers to save on a delivery charge.

I immediately signed up to their newsletter and received a 10% discount code - so now I need to spend £55.55 to get free delivery but I get more beers for my money.  You also get beer token loyalty points on every purchase, and for reviewing beers on the site, that you can use against future purchases.  Watch out though, as the beer tokens do expire.

They also have a beer club where you can receive 15 bottles monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.  It's £40 plus delivery of £6.99 for each 15 bottle case (£2.67 each/£3.13 including delivery) with no commitment and you can cancel anytime.  You can even specify light or dark beer and for an extra £5 get stronger ales.

Beerhawk have some fabulous gift packs and glasses for the beer lover in your life.

Ales by Mail
Based in Essex and took over My Brewery Tap website.  Delivery is £5.99 per box or free on orders over £50.  

They have a few mixed cases already made up and ready to buy but the main part of the website that caught my eye was the "Pick 'n' Mix Beers".  Have I died and gone to Heaven?  You can keep your jazzies and foam bananas, I'm going to have beer!

Ales by Mail don't currently have any of my local beers in stock but they do have an excellent selection.

Sign up to the mailing list and get £10 off your first order.

Northumbrian Gifts
For the best selection of local ales, head over to Northumbrian Gifts.  They are based in Ashington, Northumberland and delivery costs £6.50 or you can arrange to collect direct from Ashington.

You can pick 'n' mix your ales within brewery or by individual bottles from various breweries with a minimum order of 6 bottles or you can buy a lucky dip of 12 bottles for £35.

Breweries featured: Allendale, Durham, Hadrian & Border, From the Notebook, Wylam, Tynebank and Northumbrian Ales.

There are ale gift packs where you can choose 3 ales and even a selection of Northumbrian spirits, including the World famous Lindisfarne mead.  I spotted a Lindisfarne Toffee Liqueur that I think will accidentally find its way into my basket.

For the best local selection of Allendale and Wylam beers, you need look no further than Bin21.  Located in Morpeth and Hexham, local delivery is free within 2 miles when you spend over £30 otherwise it is £4.95.  Bin21 will also delivery anywhere in the UK for £9.95, or fill up your wine rack and spend over £250 to get free delivery.

Bin21 also have some unusual ales and ciders, including High House Farm ales, the extremely popular Anarchy's Blonde Star, Perry's cider and the very difficult to source Gwynt Y Ddraig Black Dragon Welsh cider.  I've added one to my "Must Try" list - High House Farm's Nettle Beer, an amber ale brewed with farm grown nettles.  It's so unusual I really do have to try it!

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