Christmas Beer versus Beer!! Episode 1 - Brewdog

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Christmas is just around the corner and so that means it’s time to start drinking some Christmas beers!!

Most of you will know that lots of brewers produce special beers just for the Christmas period. I picked up a bunch today that I plan to drink, and write about, over the next week or two

To begin, I have two beers from Brewdog, a pretty new brewery based in Scotland


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For those of you that don’t know Brewdog, it was founded in 2007 and has rapidly grown and developed a cult following – in part because of the many Brewdog Bars they have opened across the UK, and in part because they have raised money via crowdfunding, enabling thousands of small investors to share in their rapid growth. And it’s fair to say that those investors have done pretty well for themselves (although clearly they would have been better buying bitcoin…)

From its start in 2007, Brewdog has now grown into a multi-million dollar company that produces a couple of million bottles and about half a million cans of beer per month. It will probably please many people on this platform to know that Brewdog open sourced all its beer recipes to the public in 2016 – so if you are spending every spare cent on STEEM you can still brew some Brewdog beer of your own in your garage

Every year the company produces a couple of beers especially for Christmas:

Hoppy Christmas – a 7.2% pale ale

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Santa Paws – a 4.5% scotch ale brewed with Scottish heather honey
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The Hoppy Christmas

In the flesh this one looks, well, just like the pic from the website. It’s a nice festive bottle, it makes you want to drink it, and it is still very much in tune with the rest of the Brewdog branding. If you know the company, you would recognize its beers anywhere

The beer itself is brewed with simcoe hops, whatever they are. It looks and tastes great - a dark amber, very fruity, lots of citrus flavours and a bit of caramel going on as well. It’s a really nice pale ale!!

At 7.2% I would probably have a few of them on Christmas Day to get the ball rolling, but then after a ton of food I would need to move onto something lighter to avoid falling asleep – something like red wine ;-)

The Santa Paws

Again a great bottle – very green and Christmasey, you would be pretty happy if you were forced to visit some cousins you barely know on Xmas Day and opened the fridge to find it full of these!!

The beer itself was totally not what I was expecting. I thought it would be light (at 4.5%) and a quick-drinking sort of beer, but you can see that it is really dark and heavy-looking – almost like a stout

But I like it! It is very malty and easy to drink, and it doesn’t taste too strong. Like Guinness, I think you could probably drink 12 bottles of this stuff and totally forget to eat any food at all because it is almost a meal in itself. The only problem with that is that it would be a bit of a waste on Christmas Day!!

The verdict

Two really nice beers! I heard of Brewdog years ago and nearly got involved in the crowdfunding (shame I didn’t, it has done well!) but living outside of the UK I have never really had a chance to drink much of their beer. Based on these two I think I will have to change that!

The winner between these two Christmas beers really depends on what you are trying to achieve on Christmas Day:

If you want to get drunk as quickly as possible, stuff your face with food and then pass out in front of the tv (which is a very valid Christmas in my book), then the Hoppy Christmas is the drink for you

If you want to get slowly drunk, then move on from beer, savour some nice food and great conversation with your extended family, then drink some fine wine and watch a nice film before independently taking yourself to bed at a reasonable hour, then the Santa Paws is your choice – but bear in mind that this one is a bit of an acquired taste (fortunately I have acquired it already…)

Either way, it’s a winning Christmas!!

If you like the look of these beers you can buy six of each in a Christmas Pack for GBP20. It’s a pretty good present for a beer-loving man, or lady 

I’ve got a bunch more bottles of Christmas beers to get through so watch this space for a few more reviews in the next week or two!!

Cheers

Holbein81

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I'll be keeping an eye out for those! The only seasonal beer I've had this winter is Red Hook Winterhook, and while I haven't written a review for it yet, it's good.

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I enjoy tasting all the different ones - I have a few more ready to taste - so will probably have to make a few more posts before we get to Christmas

Cheers

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I heard you like beer.

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58
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That I do...

Cheers

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The rise of Brewdog has been impressive for such a young beer and I guess it tastes pretty tasty too :)

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I can certainly answer yes and yes to both parts of your comment!

Cheers

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What a brilliant idea to make a Christmas beer. A bottle or two is definitely a good way to celebrate it. I can feel the spirit of Christmas. Cheers!

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For sure - I like beer all year round, but it's fun to try some special Christmas beers - I have a bunch more to drink over the next few weeks!

Cheers

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Hi @holbein81

Looks like you has some tasty ones.

I had a honey ale today - have a look to the Barbãr from Belgium

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Thanks @detlev - heading over to check it out now

Cheers

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Very nice sounding beers the company has done amazing

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Yep they were good! I read about the company back when it was started but didn't think to invest. Has turned out to be a decent investment, and I think it comes with some other perks (discounts etc)

Cheers

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Well discount would be a good perk with good beer for sure

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Thanks

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This post has received a 0.31 % upvote from @drotto thanks to: @banjo.

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Good post.

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Thanks

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Wonderful post bro . Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas to you too

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this is great creation sir DQmNqGQBEqW8TdvRBrKNHMKb9yfSncHvi1wSWTwLFou5T2Q.gif

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I see you have only just joined STEEMIT, so here's a comment to your 'comment'

I am not a fan of it. My post was only about beer so it doesn't warrant too much thought in the comments, but comments should at least reference the subject - otherwise they are just spam, and I can see that you have posted this same reply on various different posts - it just clogs up the site and adds no value

Some people will downvote this type of comment and your reputation will suffer. Some people will destroy your account because of it

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sorry sir

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No worries - as I said I am not a fan, but it doesn't bother me too much

The problem is that it doesn't add anything to the discussion and so will generally be viewed as spam. Sooner or later you will post something like this in the wrong place and someone will destroy your account because of it - just giving you a heads-up, you can decide what to do with the info

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Those look like some good beers CHEERS