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
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:
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!!
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…)
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!!