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You can still be the favourite in your household this Christmas. Just order Real Ales’ selection of the finest beers from the UK and around the world for just £39.95. Includes gift case. Tantalise your taste buds and read the tasting notes…


12 Beers of Christmas 2017


1. Weird Beard, Black Christmas 4.5% (BC)

    Style: Cranberry Stout

    Description: A balanced and savoury stout with a red fruited cranberry twist. The cranberry imparts a lively freshness that balances the dark chocolate malts that Weird Beard master so well.

    Food Match: Would make a fine gravy reduction for use on any roast meats.


    2. The Kernel India Pale Ale 6.9% (BC)

      Style: India Pale Ale

      Description: The Kernel’s take on a classic IPA, big & bold with plenty of flavoursome malts and a huge dose of aromatic hops.

      Food Match: Dry roasted peanuts (a combination we have all tried & tested!)


      3. Moncada Notting Hill Blonde 4.2%

        Style: Blonde Ale

        Description: A light and refreshing ale from our friends at Moncada, grassy notes, flowery hops, hints of citrus and a light spiciness on the finish.

        Food Match: Creamed leeks or Cheese Salad


        4. De Halve Maan Brugse Zot Blonde 6.0% (BC)

          Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

          Description: The only beer brewed in Bruges town centre. Very well balanced beer with a smooth bready backbone, floral hops, spicy yeast and some of that classic Belgian farmhouse funk.

          Food Match: Variety Cheeseboard


          5. Jever, Pilsner 4.9%

            Style: Pilsner (Lager)

            Description: A truly classic Pilsner. Clean, crisp and refreshing with bracing bitterness from noble German hops, Jever never fails to quench a thirst.

            Food Match: Perfect accompaniment to a spicy Cajun Burger.


            6. Weihenstephan, Hefeweissbier 5.4% (BC)

              Style: Cloudy Wheat Beer

              Description: A full bodied, spicy and classic German wheat beer, bursting with fleshy fruit character, clove and spices. Brewed with the yeast deliberately left in suspension to add complexity and depth of flavor.

              Food Match: Smoky, spicy sausages.


              7. Wiper & True Milk Shake 4.8% (BC)

                Style: Milk Stout

                Description: A rich, creamy and chocolatey stout, brewed with lactose (the sugar from cows milk) for a smooth and full mouth feel. One of the best examples of this style beer in the world!

                Food Match: Ice Cream Sundae!


                8. Moncada Formosa Pale Ale 4.2%

                  Style: Pale Ale

                  Description: Brewed to celebrate the opening of our new store in Little Venice, London. Light and refreshing with lovely herbal hop notes and pleasant bitterness.

                  Food Match: Sage Stuffing


                  9. Anspach & Hobday The Porter 6.7% (BC)

                    Style: London Porter

                    Description: A classic porter. Deep, rich and roasty. Lots of complex malts, smoky bitterness, smooth & fruity finish.

                    Food Match: Chocolate Log


                    10. Kew Brewery, Snowdrop 4.5% (BC)

                      Style: Spiced Winter Ale

                      Description: A classic Winter Warmer, full of rich, dark malts. A smooth mouthfeel from malted oats, finishing off with hints of spice from Crystal Rye malt. Best enjoyed sat by a hearty fire.

                      Food Match: Mince Pies!


                      11. Twickenham Starry Night 5.4% (BC)

                        Style: Strong Bitter

                        Description: Wholesome and malty, flavours of stone fruits, raisins, hints of chocolate and caramel. Decent bitterness and a smooth, warming finish.

                        Food Match: Christmas Pudding


                        12. Brasserie Dupont, Saison Dupont 6.5% (BC)

                          Style: Saison

                          Description: The quintessential saison, by which all others are judged. Tart and slightly appley with a lively spritz, it is complex yet extremely thirst quenching. It’s a beer to which every beer lover is sure to return.

                          Food Match: Moules Mariniere in a creamy white wine sauce.


                          Some beers in the case are bottle-conditioned (marked BC). This allows the final conditioning of the beer to take place in the bottle. It gives the beer a fresher and fuller taste. We recommend you always use a glass when enjoying bottle-conditioned beers. For a clearer glass of beer, leave the sediment in the bottle. But we’ll leave that up to you!

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