Published on December 6, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour


Christmas Gifts

Brinkburn Street Brewery
Brinkburn St Brewery’s Winter Is Coming gift sets are the perfect Christmas gift for the beer lover in your life. Available with two 750ml sharing bottles and two glasses (for sharing with your loved one) or three 750ml bottles and one glass (for the non-sharing type), there are three winter beers to choose from: The House Of The Rising Sun

(abv 7.2%), a decadent and luxuriant chocolate raspberry porter; Festive Hop Gremlin (abv 5.6%), an ultra-hoppy and fruity winter IPA; a dedication to the pioneers of beer making, Homage to Mesopotamia (abv 5.2%), a porter which includes late additions of Shiraz grape juice and honey in the Mesopotamian style. Available from good bottle shops in the Newcastle area including Fenwick Food Hall, Glugg and CentrAle tel 0191 260 0688, www.brinkburnbrewery.co.uk

Hadrian Border’s Mince Pie Christmas Beer Gift Packs include three bottles of dark amber festive ale, which packs in a light touch of cinnamon, a tickle of orange and a raisin finish in a malty bottle of Christmas cheer.

Relax and sit back, toast your toes by the fire and let the night gently slide past with these mince pies in a glass. Five-litre mini kegs are also available with the option of Tyneside Blonde, Mince Pie or Farne Island. For stockists see social media or contact the brewery. www.hadrian-border-brewery.co.uk

Champion Bottles and Taps has a range of present ideas, including bespoke three-can/bottle gift boxes to suit your own taste as well as a range of special large sharing/gift bottles including sours, stouts and barrel-aged goodies. You can also pick up one of the counter pressure-filled 1-litre Growlers, which stay fresh for four weeks – meaning you can get someone fresh draft beer to drink on Christmas day.

Gift cards are available from £5+ and merchandise including T-shirts and shopper bags are available to buy online. 2018 tasting evenings and ‘Introduction to…’ dates will also be announced throughout December with tickets available to buy online.

Pick up a Pie Tea Voucher at The Pie Shop in North Shields and treat your favourite person to a Geordie afternoon tea. Sample a selection of the North’s favourite products, from a doorstop slice of gammon to a quirky pease pudding, a trio of mini pies and sides of flavoured mashed potato, steepy mushy peas and a boat of beef gravy. For pudding, there’s sweet sticky toffee pudding, apple pie and a clotted cream scone – all served with custard or cream. www.geordiepieandmash.co.uk

Head to CentrAle in Newcastle Central Station for all your festive beer and spirit needs. Fill a unique gift box with your choice of beers from the biggest range of North East beers to be found anywhere, plus selected national and continental beers. CentrAle is also home to the finest spirits produced in the North East and currently stocks 16 local gins, vodka and the Alnwick Rum range. There are also wines which can’t be found anywhere else locally, including English wine from Ryedale, North Yorkshire and a French wine from the Domain de Palejay estate, run by an expat Geordie. Add something from the locally produced snack range and a couple of Fentimans mixers and soft drinks from Hexham. www.facebook.com/centralebeer

Try something a bit different at Battlesteads with Dark Sky Observatory vouchers. At the heart of the picturesque village of Wark in Northumberland, the Battlesteads Pub, Hotel and Restaurant offers a warm and friendly welcome, a place to unwind and and attentive service in luxurious surroundings as well as a range of Experience Days and events including a night in its Dark Sky Observatory. Vouchers, available to the value of adult, concession and family tickets prices, are avaialble at www.battlesteads.com/observatory

Firebrick Brewery will be at Newcastle’s Christmas Market under Grey’s Monument, December 11-17 with Tyne 9, Year in Beer and Pick-n-mix gift packs on offer. There will aslo be eight-pint mini-kegs, single bottles, Tyne 9 glasses, Christmas themes cotton gift bags and more. www.firebrickbrewery.com

Block & Bottle, the multi-award winning butchers and craft beer shop in Gateshead, has everything you need for Christmas, from presents to your free-range Christmas dinner. You can order free-range bronze turkeys, geese, rare-breed aged beef, pigs in blankets and more to make your Christmas dinner extra special now. Meanwhile, p resent ideas available at Block & Bottle include:
• Butchery class vouchers
• #CANVENT – Beer advent calendar
• Shop gift vouchers – available from £5+
• Beer gift packs – choose from 150 different beers in bottles and cans
• A growler of fresh draught beer available in 1-litre or 1.89-litre branded reusable glass growlers
• Block & Bottle merchandise

Find out more about Block & Bottle and visit the online shop at www.blocknbottle.com

Another collection of ‘Peculierly’ delightful gifts are available from Theakston Brewery, Masham, North Yorkshire. From Backward clocks to Peculier Socks, Theakston has the perfect gift for everyone.

Old Peculier is available on a plate as well as in a pint glass thanks to the brewery’s range of Peculier preserves, Christmas puddings, cheeses and chocolates served on oak cheeseboards handcrafted by the Theakston Cooper.

Peculier Gift Boxes are new for 2017, and if you can’t decide on which Theakston gift to select, a tailored hamper may be the perfect answer. Each hamper contains a selection of unique Yorkshire goodies, Theakston merchandise and fine Theakston ales, which makes them the ideal solution.

Shopping with Theakstons couldn’t be easier and everything can be delivered straight to your door. Go to www.theakstons.co.uk/shop and order online or call the gift shop, tel 01765 684 333.

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