Published on December 14, 2016 | by Alastair Gilmour0
12 Ales Of Christmas
Royal Sovereign Barley Wine (11% abv), vintage Feb15
All-English vintage barley wine. Rich plum and fruit flavours, treacley caramel warmth and masses of hop flavour from Challenger, East Kent Goldings and Bramling Cross. The beer is one to sip and savour, or lay down to mature further
Tel: 07837 637 615 www.cullercoatsbrewery.co.uk
Three French Hens (3.9% abv)
Brewed using Cascade and Centennial hops and the addition of cinnamon and orange peel, Three French Hens is an amber-coloured beer with citrus-fruit flavours and a light, spicy finish. Available in cask only; keep your eyes peeled for this limited-edition special at your local, quality ale house.
Tel: 01423 865959 www.roosters.co.uk
Xmas Chaos (4.3% abv) Rum Raisin Porter
Anarchy’s Christmas special beer, mixing the tastes of raisins and vanilla, with added spices and a cheeky helping of rum. Sure to keep you warm on a winter’s night.
Christmas Ale (7.0% abv)
Traditionally at Christmas time breweries would produce a special batch of ale. These eagerly anticipated brews would use more malt and hops as a reward for their loyal drinkers. Our Christmas Ale uses only English hops to make a festive ale worthy of the name.
Tel: 01434 618686 www.allendalebrewery.com
The Great Escape (4.0% abv)
Always on at Christmas. Brewed with lager pilsner malt, this very light ale (snowflake clear) has a great depth of flavour. It is brewed using four different delicate blends of hops to gove a citrusy seasonal orange taste and floral aroma. This year it is dedicated to Joseph Robert Kayll, DSO, CBE, PoW escape committee.
Tel: 0191 584 8844
Santa’s Soot (5.0% abv)
Maxim Brewery’s dark Christmas beer is brewed using Maris Otter, Crystal malt and roast barley with traditional English hops to give a slightly roasted but rich flavour. Ideal on a cold winter’s night, this ale is so smooth Santa and Rudolph would definitely approve.
Tel: 0191 584 8844
HADRIAN BORDER BREWERY
Yule Fuel BAV (4.5% abv)
Yule Fuel is a hearty amber ale with a rich and malty base line helped along with gentle Christmas spices and a resonant winter hop backdrop.
Tel: 0191 264 9000
THREE BROTHERS BREWING COMPANY
Gingerbread Milk Stout (5.2% abv)
A luxuriously smooth stout with an underlying sweetness and gentle hints of ginger and nutmeg. A real winter warmer to get you into the spirit of the season.
Tel: 07588 318 075
White Christmas (4.0% abv)
A perfect thirst quencher with Cascade hops over a pale malt base. Big Cascade hop aroma. More Cascade in the body gives a mellow grapefuit bitterness.
Tel: 0191 377 1991
Fireglow (4.1% abv)
A pint of Fireglow in a cosy pub on a winter’s day. Sweet spiced dark ale – black cardamom, allspice berries and cinnamon bark join a complex malt mix in the mash. British, German and Czech Republic hops complement the spice. The winter seasonal from Firebrick’s Year in Beer Mystical range.
Tel: 0191 447 6543 firebrickbrewery.com
TYNE BANK BREWERY
Chocolate Orange Stout (5.2%)
Brewed with eight different malt varieties for a rich and complex body using real dark chocolate, cocoa powder and lactose sugar for a roasted, luxurious chocolate flavour – plus the peel of 100 oranges inspired by Terry’s. Smooth and moreish, the orange lingers in the finish.
Tel: 0191 2652828 www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk