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!
Hydrology - Hops at Home
My favourite place to order beer from at the moment is South Tyneside beer retailer, Hydrology. They started out in 2020 with just local deliveries in South Tyneside but have now expanded to included courier deliveries within the UK (with a minimum spend of £40). With an excellent range of beers and ciders you're guaranteed to find some hidden gems. New beers are added to the site every week on a Monday and I can't recommend them highly enough.
If you live in South Tyneside, Gateshead, Washington or Sunderland, click here to see if your postcode is included in the local delivery range.
Local delivery is free when you spend over £30 and courier delivery is £5 or free with a £75 spend.
Click HERE to start shopping!
I had seen a few adverts for Honest Brew and thought they were a subscription based beer supplier, which they are, but they also sell beer without having to sign up to regular deliveries. You can also join their club (that I think of as a beer bank) by depositing a regular amount each month, or every other month if you prefer, and then use it to buy a big box of beer without paying for it all in one go.
I placed my first order during the Coronavirus pandemic so there was a delay between ordering and delivery as every one rushed to panic buy beer. This was stated on the site so it didn't come as a surprise and I was happy to wait. I also picked up a referral code from an Instagram account so I got £10 off my first order over £29. You can get £10 off your first order by clicking here and using my name (Michelle Ryles) at checkout.
Delivery is £4.99 or free for orders over £50.
Beerwulf is an 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.
For the best selection of local ales, head over to Northumbrian Gifts. They are based in Ashington, Northumberland and delivery costs £7.50 or you can arrange to collect direct from Ashington.
You can buy some fabulous mixed packs if you're not sure what to buy and they're quite good value at £30 for 12 beers.
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.