Monday, December 10, 2012

Its time to chuck stuff in beer again

Bah Humbug ! And a happy Christmas to you too. 

I have no real problem with Xmas, no I have but that's another story. This is about my dislike of brewers buggering about with beer. Beer should be made of water, hops, malt and yeast in my humble opinion. There  is no reason why a lot of  breweries have decided that Xmas is a good time to throw all the ingredients of a Xmas pudding into my beer. I do not want a sweet, sticky beer full of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and the like. I want a beer to taste of beer, and more preferably, hops.

A look at any real ale bar at this time of year generally reveals at least one of these so called 'Xmas beers'. I can maybe tolerate the odd one, but when they are taking over pump space for better beers then my tolerance becomes a little thin, especially when they have no warning on the pump clip as to what they contain. They often sneak up on me without warning, and I am faced with a beer that is  sickly and frankly not pleasant. And even worse, because I am a beer ticker I have to drink the stuff. After a wander around collecting new beers at this time of year, it is a real pleasure to find a beer with a Xmas name that is light and hoppy, and unadulterated. And rare. 

If brewers want to celebrate the festive season why not brew 'normal' beers with a Christmas theme, instead of  emptying their store cupboard into the mash tun, thinking that people actually enjoy it.

Or, is just me. The drinkers version of Scrooge !! 

I could have featured several pump clips on here to show what I mean but I have no intention of upsetting any particular brewers at this time of good will. Especially since I hope to enjoy their proper beers for years to come !!


D Jones said...

I agree. I tried Shepherd Neame's Christmas offering (review here: and it just didn't feel right...

Anonymous said...

It's not just you Timbo.

Every idiot who dumps a pack of "Christmas spices" in his beer should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.

Tim the younger

Neil Harvey said...

Tim - get to the Bacchus in Newcastle and try the Yorkshire Dales Bacchus Citramas!! An absolute belter of a Citra beer!