Drinks of the Month | The Aldi Platinum Jubilee beer range

Drinks of the Month

The Aldi Platinum Jubilee beer range

Hats off to Aldi for creating three such decent and stylishly packaged beers to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee - and at a typically Aldi price

They’re made by a company you may not have heard of called the Great British Brewing Co which is apparently owned by Aldi and sources all their beers from unnamed but, judging by the quality, reputable brewers.

The can I’m most taken by is the 4.2% Session Pale Ale which has most fabulously kitsch image of the corgis on it although I think they should maybe have used that for the lighter IPA. It’s a classic pale ale with a good bitter finish of the style I was writing about in the Guardian this week.

The 4% Session IPA which has a picture of Nelson’s column on the can is made in modern craft beer style with a citrussy, hoppy character but it’s not overdone

And the soft, slightly sweet 4% British Lager which includes British First Gold and Challenger hops has the Union Jack and Houses of Parliament on the can

They’re all good, I love the tongue in cheek branding and at £1.69 a 440ml can they’re really well priced too. Looks like they're arriving online soon but at the moment they're only available in store. (There's also, a British ale but I haven't tried it)

M & S also has a really attractive 5% golden Platinum Jubilee ale in a full size bottle for £3 or £36 for 12 x 660ml bottles online which I’d happily pick up for summer drinking.

I was sent the beers as press samples

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Comments: 1

Steve on June 4 2022 at 13:05

I cannot be the only one bemused by beers with an ABV of well over 4% being described as "session beers". Unless the drinker is dangerously habituated to alcohol, strong beers are unlikely to allow a session, well unless it's a fairly short session. Around 3.5% ABV beer allowed industrial and agricultural workers to slake their thirst and rehydrate and allowed a lazier demograph to arrive shortly after opening time to drink through till chucking out time without either passing out or paying the premium required for stronger brews. Those were session beers!

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