Like it or not, there's a limit to how many fancy craft beers it's possible to find by simply going to supermarkets and local bottle shops. Waitrose is okay, Booths is better but the beer selection in Tesco is mind-numbingly awful.
The fact is, there are no beers available in the nearby supermarkets that I either haven't tried yet or am remotely interested in having. The local specialist beer shops are better but even they can't stock everything.
This post is a bit late but in December, with Christmas approaching, I decided a mail-order beer delivery was the way forward.
Twelve bottles of finest craft ale arrived on my doorstep, courtesy of Ales by Mail (in conjunction with Father Christmas). The service was great and delivery fast. It's so exciting for a beer snob like me, to have these beauties lined up at home ready to be drunk. I highly recommend it.
I'll definitely be buying beer this way in the future, when finances allow! I had a very nice time indeed drinking them and will post the individual tasting notes over the next few days.