From Figgy Pud to Santa Paws, it’s not Christmas without a Winter Warmer
Wales is producing some quality beers right now – and that includes the festive brews, too. And luckily for lovers of Welsh ales , you can now pick up a Welsh Christmas beer box – called the 12 Beers of Christmas.
Offering 12 of the finest festive tipples, the selection has been handpicked by Neil Goodman at Wales Ales (the country’s only hand-delivered beer service), who is also a member secretary for his local CAMRA branch.
He said: “We wanted to carefully select 12 beers that would be representative of all corners of Wales. We’re far more than just selling bottles, our passion is to promote these artisan brewers and give customers an alternative to the usual beers on supermarket shelves, and what better way than at Christmas, a wonderful time for a beer.”
Wales Ales 12 Beers of Christmas packs cost £26.49 and can be delivered along the M4 corridor.
So whether it’s a gift to a loved one or a treat for yourself, there’s some great Welsh beers to enjoy this Christmas.
This is what you’ll find in the festive box of beer…
2.Bang-On Brewery – Christmas beers-Gold/Frankincense/Myrrh
Bridgend’s first brewery for 80 years, Bang-On Brewery have 3 Christmas and in keeping with their theme of giving the beers names they’ve opted for a festive slant. Gold is a lager, Frankincense is an IPA and Myrrh is a porter.
3. Grey Trees, Winter Warmer – 5.2%
Another Welsh brewery who have been picking up awards left, right and centre, Grey Trees have another winner with their Winter Warmer. Their Winter Warmer is a rich, ruby-coloured beer. It has a complex fruity nose with hints of candy and is luscious and full-bodied, with a powerful mouth-coating flavour leading to a bittersweet, vinous finish.
4. Tudor, Winter Cheer – 5%
Family run Tudor brewery, has recently achieved the highest accolade of Three Gold Stars as the Great Taste Awards.
Winter Cheer is infused with cinnamon, honey, ginger, lemon rind and a secret blend of spice. This gives Winter Cheer a subtle and unique flavour which suits most. Certainly something to cheer about.
5. Untapped, Ember – 5.2%
The Raglan based Untapped Brewery recently won gold in the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival in the Old Ale category for the second year running with this Winter Warming ale.
Three kinds of roasted malt produce the rich, dark colour and strong textures of this beer.
First Gold hops give a tang of zesty fruit, while Cascade hops give a sweet nutty aroma. Hugely flavourful and mouth-filling, this ticks all the boxes for lovers of strong, old-style ale.
6. Tomos A Lilford, Christmas Porter – 6%
Tomos A Lilford like to be a little bit different, be it brewing pale ales with rose petals to using Pembrokeshire seaweed in a stout, you’re sure of something just a little special.
The three-man Microbrewery based in Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan likes brewing full flavour ales, combining new ideas with old traditions.
Inspired by a decade-old Christmas Pudding they found in the back of a cupboard, their well-balanced and complex porter balances the spices perfectly to produce a satisfying drop.
7.Mad Dog – Christmas Pudding Bock 6.5%
Penperlleni, Monmouthshire based Mad Dog have had another great year and opened their tap house pub The Dog House in Caerleon. They have a number of Christmas offerings and will be having an official Christmas Beer launch at their brewery. Leading the way is a strong 6.5% fruity bock styled beer made with Belgian yeast currants, sultanas and Morello cherries.
You can order the 12 Beers of Christmas pack by simply visiting the website www.walesales.com
They’ll also be at various Christmas Markets where they’ll also be raising money for the Bowel Cancer UK charity. So if you have a spare few pennies please drop it into the collection box. They have also set up a ‘just giving’ page so if you’d like to make a donation simply click on this link www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wales-ales