Beer Review: Otter Claus – Otter Brewery

We are in another lockdown and I’m still furloughed so I think I’m well within my right to extend my festivities to one more Christmas beer. Another lovely treat from from my friend Matty, this is one of Otter Brewey’s winter specials ‘Otter Claus’. I have previously had their classic Otter Ale which was a solid traditional English brew. I braved the weather to get … Continue reading Beer Review: Otter Claus – Otter Brewery

Beer Review: Red Nose Reinbeer – Cotleigh Brewery

My fantastically generous friend Matty sent me a couple of local beers just before Christmas to help me get through these Tier 4 woes. Today’s review is from Somerset based Cotleigh Brewery, a small, local brewery that’s been kicking about since 1979. They also do a lot to support the Owl and Hawk Trust. This is their Christmas special brew that they recommended serving at … Continue reading Beer Review: Red Nose Reinbeer – Cotleigh Brewery

Beer Review: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (2020) – Anchor Brewing Company

This was my beer of choice on Christmas Day itself while I helped my dad cook up crimbo dinner. I bought it as part of my Premier Hop subscription order and it’s come all the way from San Francisco in the USA. Anchor Brewing Company have an annual tradition of releasing a different Winter Warmer style beer to celebrate the festive season. This year is … Continue reading Beer Review: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (2020) – Anchor Brewing Company

Beer Review: Hoppy Xmas – BrewDog

IT’S CHRISTMAS!!! Technically when this is being written is not Christmas as even amateur beer reviewers deserve to have crimbo off but the sentiment is still there and I hope everyone is having the best Christmas available to them considering the ‘unique’ situation many areas find themselves in. Naturally today’s beer has got to be Christmas themed and I’ve gone for craft beer heavyweights BrewDog. … Continue reading Beer Review: Hoppy Xmas – BrewDog

Beer Review: Advent Ale – Hogs Back Brewery

As we get ridiculously closer to Christmas I’ve chosen a more festive brew for today’s review. ‘Advent Ale’ is from Hogs Back Brewery who are based out of Surrey. You might recognise them from their logo or their popular, widely available beer T.E.A. At 4.4% ABV this Ruby Ale is hoping to inspire some festive flavours and I’m looking forward to my first Hogs Back … Continue reading Beer Review: Advent Ale – Hogs Back Brewery

Beer Review: Winter Special – Hatherwood Craft Beer Company (Lidl)

I’ve recently discovered a new style of beer: the winter ale. Naturally, it’s a Christmas period exclusive and many breweries appear to have a yearly tradition of brewing this one off seasonal special. I enjoy reviewing some own brand beers and particularly Lidl’s. As always these beer are contract brewed, with this one being assigned to big regional brewers, Marstons. This ‘Winter Special’ Ale comes … Continue reading Beer Review: Winter Special – Hatherwood Craft Beer Company (Lidl)