I've had a couple of queries asking whether I'll be running a sequel to last year's Beer Advent Calendar. Maybe another set of 24 fine ale reviews, or could I be moving onto wine or whisky this year? Well,
Hertog Jan Doppio Double is the only one of my twenty-four Advent beers to come in a stone cork-stoppered bottle that weighs more than the drink contained within! At 7.3% ABV, it's also the second-strongest drink in my selection,
The penultimate beer on my 2005 advent calendar was Ruby Red from the St. Peter's Brewery in Suffolk. I'd been looking forward to this 4.3% ABV red ale, which, like all of the beers from St. Peter's, comes in
Fraoch is a 5% ABV Scottish beer that brings back many happy memories of late nights spent in the bar at the Clachaig Inn. "Fraoch" is the Gaelic for heather, so take a guess what this beer is made from?
"Jingle Knockers" isn't exactly a phrase that inspires confidence, but this 5.5% ABV from Skinner's Brewery in Cornwall is really good, definitely on a par with the stuff I've tried from Hambleton Ales and the Harviestoun Brewery. Smooth and
Now, don't get me wrong, there are many great things that have originated from America - not least of all my good lady wife - but I've always thought that "American Beer" is something of an anachronism! Let's face it,
Smuggler's Ale is another bottled beer which found its way into my calendar via an Asda beer competition. It's 5% ABV, with hints of treacle, and is really rather enjoyable. And to paraphrase Forrest Gump, that's all I have to
There's something a wee bit disappointing about picking up a bottle labelled "MOROCCO ALE" and finding that it is, in fact, from nowhere more distant than Harrogate - the Daleside Brewery to be precise. According to the label: "The recipe