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The 20 best dark craft beers for dark nights

Remember your local pub garden? Oh, that was some sweet summer drinking, wasn’t it. Sun on your back, shorts on, shades over your eyes, an icy-cool pint in your hand, laughter, friends, happiness…

Yeah, we’re still a looong way off seeing that kind of hot weather fun again.  

But we’re not ones to rain on your parade (there’s yet another storm on its way to do that). As backwards as it sounds, this dank, dark, chilly weather lends itself to beer drinking too. All it takes is ditching your go-to lager or IPA, and experimenting with something a little different.

To make the most of your winter boozing, introduce yourself to any one (or all) of these 20 utterly delicious British craft beer porters: a true British legend that’s blacker than Lady Macbeth’s heart, but crammed with the comforting tastes of caramel, coffee, smoke and butter (essentially all the stuff you reach for when it’s minus ten outside and your windows are being battered by a force twelve).

These are the 20 belly-warming bottles you want in your hands during this cold snap, and if you have a leather-backed chair to sit in and a roaring fire by your feet, all the better.  

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