This week we’ve teamed up with Beerbods to bring you the ‘Ones to Watch 2018’ box. However, 12 beers in one night is too much for even us to get through so we drafted in some help from Justin Mason & Matt Chinnery to help us get through the box.
Beers | Velvet Owl Brewing Co ‘Old Sport’, 71 Brewing ‘Rhuby Weiss’, Burnt Mill ‘Pintle Pale Ale’, Good Things Brewing Co ‘Hazy Pale’, Tap Social Movement ‘Grebe’s Procession’, Northern Whisper ‘Yammerhouse’, Boat Lane Brewery ‘Phantom Falls’, The Kiln Brewery ‘Breakout’, Lithic Brewery ‘Pilsner’, Unbarred ‘IPA’, West By Three ‘Grisette’ & Ampersand ‘Middle Road’
Many thanks to the folks at Beerbods for sending us this box for free, this didn’t influence our thoughts on the beers. Thanks also to Liquorice in Shenfield for letting us use their tasting room to record this week.
Many thanks to Matt from Renegade Brewery, Andy from Elusive Brew and the folks at White Hag for sending us these beers for free, this didn’t influence our thoughts. Thanks also to Liquorice in Shenfield for letting us use their tasting room to record this week.
Many thanks to the folks from Fyne Ales for sending us the Origins bottles for free, this didn’t influence our thoughts on the beer. Thanks also to Liquorice in Shenfield for letting us use their tasting room to record this week.
Many thanks to the folks from Honest Brew, Ireland Craft Beers, Cheshire Brewhouse and Fyne Ales for sending us these beers to try for free, this didn’t influence our thoughts on the beers. Thanks also to Liquorice in Shenfield for letting us use their tasting room to record this week.
Magic Rock. Those little guys always make me smile. And they’ve been knocking out of the park with their limited release labelling too.
Best UK Brewery*
Magic Rock. For consistency across all formats, great beer and the best tap room in the UK. Honourable mentions to Buxton, Marble, Thornbridge, Weird Beard & Lost & Grounded.
Best Overseas Brewery & Best Taproom
Stone (Berlin). Firstly, because I lost my shit when this started appearing in Tesco and Morrison’s this year, within 2/3 weeks of being canned sometimes. Then having spent a day there in October, enjoying the freshest possible Stone IPA, sealed the deal on both counts. (Honourable mention & UK Taproom of the year: Magic Rock)
Best New Brewery of 2017
Ampersand. We were lucky enough to get sent some beers from Ampersand that we featured on show, I’ve since bought more of their beers and their first foray into Impy Stout territory was simply stunning. Look out for more from these guys in 2018.
Pub/Bar of the Year
The Alehouse, Chelsmford. The home of the SX Bottle Share and many a night in 2017.
Beer Festival of the Year
Leeds International Beer Festival From what I can remember, it was a pretty good day out and one that remains a favourite of mine this year. Honourable mention to the Alltech Festival in Dublin and Clayfest (which, although not strictly a beer festival involved beer, festivities and meat).
Independent Retailer of the Year
Two Brews , a great little shop in Colchester selling craft beers and coffee. Has come to my rescue a few times this year when the fridge needed restocking. Paul is stocking a great range and getting a loyal customer following.
Online Retailer of the Year
Beer Central in Sheffield, not strictly an ‘online’ platform but Sean & the team take orders via social media, fill your box and send it to you. For me this a perfect way of ordering the latest beers and the customer service is on point every time.
Supermarket of the year*
Morrison’s This year has seen an explosion of great beer available in supermarkets. Morrison’s take this, because, New World IPA.
It’s that time of year again folks. Time to dig into the back of the cupboard cellar to see what wonders you have to enjoy over the festive period.
The #12BeersofXmas turns 5 this year, and what started off as something that I’d do to celebrate finishing work until the start of the New Year has a bit of momentum behind it now with folk getting involved in their own way. And that’s what the #12BeersofXmas is all about – doing things your way. There’s no prescribed way of doing it, no set beers for set days, just choose a beer, drink the beer and share your thoughts about the beer on your preferred form of social media. Some folk write a blog, some just take great pictures, some post their thoughts on Twitter or Facebook, and some just check in beer on Untappd. Whatever you’re doing, use #12BeersofXmas so I can see what you’re drinking.
So here’s my beers for 2017, the days I’ll be drinking them and some supporting words…
Wed 20 Dec ~ Shepherd Neame ‘Christmas Ale’ ~ a bottle of the 2016 edition kindly sent by the folks at Sheps, I’m intruiged to see if a year in the cellar has changed it in anyway
Thur 21 Dec ~ Elusive Brewing ‘Herman Toothrot’ ~ stunning when I had it earlier in the year, keen to see how the flavours have developed
Fri 22 Dec ~ Atom Beers ‘Neutron Star’ ~ another beer that’s been sat in the cellar for a year
Sat 23 Dec ~ Cromarty ‘Anniversary Ale V’ ~ looks like this has the most impossible wax seal to get through
Xmas Eve ~ Weird Beard ‘Sadako (Red Wine BA)’ ~ enjoyed the original + red wine barrels = win
Xmas Day ~ Truman’s ‘London Keeper’ ~ I had a bottle of this in the first ever #12BeersofXmas that I did, so a little bit of nostalgia and 5 years in the bottle is making me pretty excited for this one
Boxing Day ~ Cloudwater/Tool ‘Christmas Cake Imperial Stout’ ~ a year old, as good a day as any to drink it
Wed 27 Dec ~ Thornbridge ‘Sour Brown’ ~ the second beer to be making a second appearance in the #12BeersofXmas, I first had this in 2014 so I’m keen to see how the flavours have developed
Fri 29 Dec ~ Six Degrees North/Adnams ‘ATC 1.3 – A6’ ~ second time of asking for me for this beer, I remember really enjoying it the first time so keen to see how this one has developed
Sat 30 Dec ~ Stewart Brewing ‘Elysium I’ ~ I’ll be sad to drink this beer this year as it brings to an end a 3-year journey with these beers. Three different barrel-aged versions, ‘Elysium II’ appeared in the 2015 list & ‘Elysium III’ last year.
New Year’s Eve ~ Five Points Brewing ‘Old Gregg’s Barley Wine’ ~ this is a bottle from the original batch bottled at the end of January 2014. Almost 4 years in the cellar and from what I understand brewed on NYE, seems a fitting way to finish
There we have it, that’s my list and I’ll be posting my thoughts daily on Instagram. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re all enjoying this year, and who knows, we might even bring back the #PrizelessPrize for a festive edition…
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