“There were 800 breweries in 2009 and there are now 1000 independent breweries operating in Britain,” says Ed Cotton, beer Buyer at Highbury Vintners in Islington. “People are turning their hobbies into a profession.”
"What I like about these beers are the hops, they give flavour, body & individuality. Think of them like grapes in wine and how they give different flavour profiles."
We asked Ed for his recommendations of six of the best British beers.
Photographapy by Ed Cotton.