If you’re looking for an excuse to have a cold pint on a Monday afternoon, you’re in luck: today is National Beer Day.
Though, let’s be honest, the sunshine is enough of a reason to treat yourself to a cold bev.
But what is a beer without a snack to pair it with?
To celebrate the occasion, we have put together a round-up of some of the best beers and snack hampers on the market right now, from craft beers to blondes and even a mini keg.
Cartwright & Butler
What do you get: If you’re more of a snacks than a beer person, this is the hamper for you. Not because the beers, which include a Yorkshire Blackout and a Yorkshire Golden aren’t excellent, but because the snacks are mouth-watering. Munch on Cartwright & Butler’s Wafers for Cheese and Cheddar Cheese Crumbles, Olive & Garlic Wheat Flatbreads and Godminster Vintage Organic Cheddar and Onion Chutney.
Where can you buy it: Cartwright & Butler
The Ozzy Box
What do you get: We hope you didn’t think cheese is just for wine pairings? Bite into the Ozzy box, which features 200g of Bath Blue, 200g of Pitchfork and 250g of Rollright cheese. As for the beer, you get three cans of Hunter Helles Lager, Hepcat Session IPA and Bandit GP Pale Ale. Plus, there’s also some Peter’s Yard crisp bread included.
Where can you buy it: The Cheese Geek
The Pig Night In
What do you get: One of the cheaper options on our list, this little gem of a kit is perfect for a late night pint in the garden or the park. It includes two 500ml blonde beers and two bags of pork crackling, with multiple flavours to choose from. If you want, you can also make it ‘pigger’ – for two extra bags of crackling.
Where can you buy it: The Snaffling Pig Co
Taste of Base Camp
What do you get: Not into cans or bottles? Just get this mini keg of Monsoon Juicy Pale. The hamper comes with two pint glasses and two 2⁄3 glasses, as well as two bags of crisps and two bags of Franks Jerky, plus some other bits and bobs (like a sticker pack). No pubs? No problem.
Where can you buy it: Fourpure Brewing Company
Craft Beer & Cheese Hamper
What do you get: It’s the ultimate British picnic kit, with Snowdonia Beechwood cheese, three craft beers – including a Helles, Pils and Lager – Savoursmiths Crisps and black pepper crackers. Sadly, the grapes are not included.
Where can you buy it: Hampers.com
The Man Hamper
What do you get: Although we’re not fans of putting gender labels on hampers, let’s ignore that for a second and focus on the positives. This kit contains goodies galore, including four types of cheese – charcoal cheddar, pizza cheddar, black pepper cheddar and Skegness blue cheese – savoury and sweet biscuits, crackers, picked onions and more.
Oh, let’s not forget the beer: a bottle of Numb Nuts Ruby Ale.
Where can you buy it: Yumbles
Beer & Bar Snacks Hamper
What do you get: It’s a basic but brilliant hamper with everything you’d get from a posh pub: a bottle of bitter (Wold Top) and a bottle of gold (also Wold Top), along with snacks such as Yorkshire sauce-flavoured crisps, hickory smoked almonds and cashews, pork crackling and stilton biscuits. Yum.
Where can you buy it: The British Hamper Company
London Craft Beer & Snacks Gift Box
What do you get: Possibly the best beer selection on our list, especially if you want to try something new. Stuff your face full of salami, nuts, crisps, chips, dips, pale ale popcorn and crackling. Then wash it all down with one of six beers: Brewgooder Clean Water Lager, Five Points Pale, Hiver Honey, Crate Pale Ale, Peckham Pils or Crate Citra Sour.
Where can you buy it: Borough Box
What do you get: Last but not least, we’ve got this gem from Forman & Field – which is the only one on our list that contains a pork pie (and for that alone, it gets bonus points). It’s a Father’s Day special, and also features a mixed case of beers from Orbit, along with more snacks like jerky.
Where can you buy it: Forman & Field
Price: From £47.95
Trying to convert a friend who isn’t a beer person into drinking the malted barley liquid? Send them one of these flavoured beers.
And then check back next week for our round-up on what to buy for an ultimate picnic in the sun.