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30th May 2013

Summer Ale tops Beer Academy Poll for the perfect BBQ beer.

To mark National BBQ Week*, the Beer Academy has announced the best barbeque beer.  Summer Ale narrowly piped India Pale Ale in poll of Beer Academy alumni to choose the perfect beer for barbeques. Beer lovers were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite barbeque beer in the poll that was conducted last month. 

The ranking was:

Summer ale



India Pale Ale (IPA)






Extra Special Bitter (ESB)






Beer Academy Director, Simon Jackson said “Many respondents said that it was difficult to choose just one beer for a barbeque as the perfect match depends on the food on the grill.  Summer ale won through narrowly as having a sufficiently robust flavour to cut through even the strongest marinade – whilst still delivering the refreshment that is essential for a hot summer evening. “

“But with all beer and food matching, whilst the food and the occasion all play their part, there are no absolute right and wrongs.  The decisive factor is always individual palate and preference.  Next time you have a barbeque, join in the debate on Twitter at @TheBeerAcademy





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Notes for Editors.


17th National BBQ Week runs from 27th May to the 2nd June.

The Beer Academy is an educational body that was founded by a small group of beer enthusiasts in 2003 to help people understand, appreciate and enjoy beer sensibly. To date over 10,000 people have attended Beer Academy courses and tasting events such as the BBC Good Food Show, the Great British Beer Festival and the British Museum as well as in pubs and bars up and down the country. The Academy offers a range of courses and qualifications ranging from a 90 minute tutored introduction to beer through to the two day Advanced Course for serious beer connoisseurs.

Full details of all Beer Academy Courses and events can be found    or follow us on Twitter @TheBeerAcademyand Facebook