Bit of a thread revival, but have you tried Luxters Barn ale from the Chiltern Brewery near Henley? Used to be a Christmas ritual, get back from leave then head over there for a case or two to take home for the holidays.Im blessed with a good few breweries around Oxfordshire . Oxford ales bitter is the best beer ive had full stop .Also anything by loose cannon breery in Abingdon is good , as well as stuff by west Bershire brewery .
If i can find it in bottles or if im down Cornwall way , anything by Skinners is great , my favorite being Cornish Knocker !
Currently enjoying St Austell Proper Job whenever I can. Also delighted to see Worthington White Shield back on the supermarket shelves - when my Father took me out for my first pub crawl with my Uncle the Uncle muttered something about how I'd be on the meths by 20 if I was drinking that at 17 when he saw my rather expert twist of the bottle to get the last of the beer out & leave the yeast.
Finally I've been really pleased to discover the Thornbridge stuff in the local waitrose. Jaipur is a stand out, Chiron great and White Swan a sensible lunchtime strenght with bags of flavour.
Now waiting for the Great British Beer Festival...