4 Best Selling Bottled Ales in the UK

It is not unusual for people to kick back and relax with a glass of something tasty in hand, especially after a long week. Some prefer to go out and socialize in the local pubs, while others may choose to stay at home and take it at their own pace. In the latter case, here are the few suggestions that will surely not disappoint the lovers of beer – all bottled and ready to be consumed.

4 Best Selling Bottled Ales in the UK
4 Best Selling Bottled Ales in the UK

Doom Bar

Doom Bar is a 4.5% proof dry and refreshing amber ale, produced by Sharp’s Brewery, based in Cornwall in the South West of the UK. It is named after the notorious Doom Sand Bar found at the mouth of the River Camel, upon which many ships have been wrecked and many legends spawned. Chief of these is the story of its creation, which maintains that the sand bar was formed by a mermaid’s dying curse after the mythical creature was shot and killed by a local sailor.

Today Doom Bar is the no.1 selling bottled ale in the UK. It has won many awards and is the favourite beer of fictional detective Cormoran Strike, who is the creation of Harry Potter author JK Rowling under the not so secret pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Old Speckled Hen

Old Speckled Hen is a 4.5% ABV bitter, originally produced in Abingdon, Oxfordshire but now brewed in Bury St Edmunds. Despite its iconic name, the origins of the beer have little to do with hens or farming. In fact, Old Speckled Hen was first produced as a 50th anniversary commemoration for car manufacturer MG, whose factory was based near the brewery. Workers at the plant used an old MG car as an all-purpose run-around, and as it gradually got covered in paint and dirt, they began to refer to it as the ‘old speckled one’. In their local dialect, this became more like ‘un’ and then eventually was co-opted by Morland brewery into Old Speckled Hen when MG asked them to create a beer. Today, this amber bitter with a caramel twist is motoring up the sales charts. It is the 2nd most popular bottled ale in the UK and is available in 20 countries worldwide.


Described by brewer Wytchwood as ‘full bodied and well balanced with a chocolate toffee malt flavour, moderate bitterness and a distinctive fruity character with a ruby red glow’, this fantasy branded ale had the third largest market share in the UK in 2016.

The brewer took its fantasy moniker from the ancient Wychwood forest near Whitney in Oxfordshire. Hobgoblin has been known to aggressively market its products as the alternative to pale lagers, often thought of as the most popular kind of beer of in the UK. A slogan was created, mocking the lightness of the lagers and boasting about the rich flavour of the new brew; it has even been printed on t shirts. In 2010, as a sort of cultural exchange, UK PM David Cameron presented US president Barack Obama with a case of Hobgoblin – cementing its reputation as one of the UK’s premium beers.

Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale is a moderately bitter 4.7% ABV brown ale, and one of the oldest beers on this list. Originally made at Newcastle Breweries in 1927, it is now owned and brewed by Heineken in Zouterwoude, Netherlands. This also makes it the only imported beer on this list as well – foreign in the way, but still incredibly popular in the United Kingdom. The citizens of Britain know their tastes, not afraid of flavours or richness of taste.