Hello and welcome to November, the calm month before the storm of Christmas. More on Christmas below including an exciting beer advent calendar. Also this Friday sees the launch of our monthly mix, want to know what this is? Read on!
Beer Advent Calendar
How about treating the beer lover in your life (or just yourself) in the lead up to Christmas with one of our beer advent calendars? Forget tinfoil wrapped chocolates our advent calendar will contain 24 different beers all from different breweries and in a range of styles of strengths. There will be pale ales, lagers, IPA’s, dark beers, unusual beers and of course in the days just before Christmas look out for a Christmas themed beer or two. The number of calendars is strictly limited so to reserve one now please email us or pick one up directly from the shop.
Oxted Christmas Market
Following the success of both the Love Oxted day and the French market held earlier this year don’t miss the Oxted Christmas market on Saturday 26th of November. Featuring local food producers, the return of the French market traders and of course Santa Claus, it will be a fun day out for the whole family. More information can be found at www.loveoxted.co.uk and of course don’t forget to pay us a visit for a refreshing sample of beer.
In addition to the Oxted Christmas market we will be at the following two Christmas markets with our pop up shop where we will have lots of beer gift ideas plus be selling pints to enjoy while shopping.
Hookhouse Farm Christmas Fair – Thursday 24th November (www.hookhousefarm.com)
Chiddingstone Castle Christmas Fair – Saturday 26th November (www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk)
Hop Stop Monthly Mix
If you are looking to try something new or want to be pushed out of your beer comfort zone why not pick up one of our new Hop Stop monthly mix selections? Each month we will put together a pack of 6 different beers featuring a mix of styles for one great price. Our aim is to introduce you to new styles and new breweries and so to help guide you through the beers each mix comes with our specially written tasting notes which includes food matching ideas. The mixes will be released on the first Friday of each month starting with the 4th of November.
On the shelves now we have beers from a couple of London breweries. From the Brixton brewery we have a stout, a couple of pales and an easy drinking session IPA. They all feature standout bottle designs but don’t worry it isn’t a case of style over substance, all those beers are highly recommended. Redchurch is a brewery that we stocked when we opened and we thought it was about time to get them in again. Look out for the Hoxton Stout, a smooth beer with chocolate and espresso notes with a hint of citrus.
From further afield are beers from Two Hands out of the States. Some of you might be familiar with them already as they do some brewing for Evil Twin but this is the first of their own beers we have. Ol’ Factory Pils is crisp and refreshing while Lil Heaven is a ‘Crushable’ Session IPA chock full of hops including one of my favourites, Mosaic.
We have the return of the ever popular Oakham Citra, a tasty pale from Blackjack and more from Crouch Vale and Ilkley. Plus look out for a special bonfire beer from local brewery Pilgrim. On key keg we have a session IPA from Cloudwater plus currently pouring is Dark Star’s Green Hop IPA. Bitter, pungent and with a definite dankness this beer really showcases the freshness of the hops.
What we are drinking?
Mike – Flying Dog Snake dog
One of my all-time favourite beers and one which I return to time and time again. An extremely balanced IPA where the hops don’t dominate the malt. Just big notes of citrus smoothed out by the rich malts making this super drinkable, especially considering it is a warming 7.1%
Ruth – Dupont Moinette Blond
Dupont Moinette Blonde is my tipple for this month. A fantastic recommendation from one of our lovely customers. A coppery blonde with a subtle balance between sweet, bitter and fruity. If you have the will power to not drink this beer it has a real fermentation in the bottle and will improve with time creating more complex flavours and aroma. Or if you fancy drinking it now I recommend getting out the cheese board, a perfect combination.
Paul – Arbor
Anything Arbor and Paul is into it. He says it is because they are great brewers who consistently hit the mark with their beers. While I agree with him I think the fact they use pint size bottles might have something to do with it as well. Currently we have Smac my brew up pale ale and Clogwork Orange IPA in stock. Best to get one soon before Paul takes them all.
Have a great month everybody, look out for next month’s blog where we detail everything for Christmas including securing your draught beer for the big day itself.