While its exact origins are unknown, beer has been brewed in England for hundreds of years. Originally thought to have been primarily produced by farms, alehouses, and inns, by the Middle Ages, brewing was often done by monasteries and abbeys.
A 16th century Dean of St Paul's, Alexander Nowell, is thought to have accidentally invented bottled beer. Nowell used to carry his beer in bottles when fishing, and was surprised to find an old, unopened bottle which had been forgotten still contained drinkable beer.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, stout and porter were two of the most popular English beers, of which Guinness is a direct descendant. Today's common English beer styles are Bitter, Session, Best Bitter, Golden Ale, India Pale Ale, Brown Ale and Lager.
Some Variants Include:
India Pale Ale
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