Published on December 4, 2018 | by Alastair Gilmour0
12 Ales of Christmas
Muckle Berry (4.5% abv)
A rich winter fireside red ale, brewed with Crystal malt and First Gold hops. Muckle Berry balances the dark fruit flavours of raisins and plums with hints of caramel and layers of bitter spiced oranges.
Christmas Ale (7.0% abv)
A variety of roasted malts give a sweet biscuity flavour with hints of cinder toffee. Generous amounts of English Goldings hops bring flavours of Seville orange marmalade and a floral aroma.
Fireglow (4.1% abv)
A 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 in this winter seasonal from Firebrick’s Year in Beer Mystical range.
Imperious (12% abv)
A limited-edition whisky cask-aged imperial stout, this features a strong bourbon aroma with oily coffee, liquorice and dark chocolate flavours in the massive vanilla body. Matured for over nine months in whisky hogsheads, creating a long rich and warming finish with a hint of brown sugar. Gift boxes also available.
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.
Consett Ale Works
Santa’s Little Smelter (4.5% abv)
An exclusive ale available the first week in December, Santa’s Little Smelter is a lighter take on traditional dark Christmas ales – an amber coloured bitter with a floral aroma and smooth aftertaste. Limited edition casks.
Tyne Bank Brewery
Vesuvius (6.0% abv)
This rich luxurious stout is inspired by the Neapolitan ice cream. A drink that definitely comes in layers; first the taste buds are treated to chocolate from the roast malts and cocoa additions, then the vanilla from the Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla extract and finally the sweet taste of strawberries. Perfect for dark winter nights.
Tyne Bank Brewery
Portrait of a Lady (7.4% abv)
Inspired by the rich creamy Italian desert, Portrait of a Lady is Tyne Bank Brewery’s take on a Panna Cotta white stout. A golden ale with a silky mouthfeel, carefully balanced malts and creamy rich undertones of vanilla and lemon. A fantastic desert in a glass.
Snow Storm (abv 7.0%)
Created especially for the festive season, Snow Storm is a naturally hazy white stout with a good body and mouth feel from flaked oats and barley. Roast and chocolate flavours from smoked malt and vodka soaked cocoa nibs. Available exclusively on tap at Storm Cellar, 10 York Road, Whitley Bay.
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.
50ml Durham Strawberry and Pink Pepper liquer, 25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice, 10ml grenadine syrup, soda water, lemon slices, cocktail cherries. Fill a large glass with plenty of ice, pour in your liqueur, lemon juice and syrup and top up with soda. Garnish with lemon and cherries.
Hadrian Border Brewery
Grýla (4.5% abv)
In Iceland, the hideous giantess comes down from the mountains on Christmas Eve to devour naughty children in a bubbling broth! A copper coloured ale with flavours of caramel and cinder toffee alongside notes of autumnal fruits and festive spices. A pleasant bitterness and smooth finish. A festive end to Hadrian Border’s Folklore series.