The rules are these. Each day from 1-24 December I drink a different beer. It must be either: 1) Discounted in some way; or 2) A gift for something I have done to help someone.
I will try to assemble the cheapest, most varied, highest quality beer advent calendar known to man!
Days 9-12: Could this really be getting tough?
The effort of drinking beer every day is actually starting to become a little tiresome. But must…keep…going…
Tuesday 9th December
The Beer: Kelham Island Pale Rider, 5.2% ABV, 500ml.
How the brewer describes it: A legendary premium pale ale forged from the finest Maris Otter malt and a special blend of American hops. The nose is of fresh citrus and berry fruits with a smooth juicy malt character and deceptively moreish finish that belies its strength
The price: £1.00 (reduced from £2.40).
The source: Spar, Coltsfoot Drive, Horsham.
Wednesday 10th December
The Beer: Brooklyn Lager, 5.2% ABV, 330ml.
How the brewer describes it: In the late 1800’s when Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. Brooklyn Lager is a direct descendant of the Vienna style, displaying an amber-gold color and a firm malt center supported by refreshing bitterness and a floral hop aroma that give way to smooth caramel malts in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by dry hopping, the addition of fresh hops as the beer undergoes its long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer: smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food.
The price: £1.50 (in a 2 for £3 deal, reduced from £1.90).
The source: Sainsbury’s Local, Cobham.
Thursday 11th December
The Beer: Surrey Hills Shere Drop, 4.2% ABV, 567 ml.
How the brewer describes it: The flagship beer is pale in colour with a subtle hint of grapefruit and lemon in the aroma. The wonderful hop bitterness is complemented by a balanced malt flavour. The beer has a long finish, which is moderately dry.
The price: Free (usually £3.90).
The source: A reward for a year of hard work at my office Christmas Party. This beer at the Old Plough, Stoke D’Abernon.
Friday 12th December
The Beer: Bath Ales Barnsey, 4.5% ABV, 500 ml.
How the brewer describes it: Rich in fruit with hints of chocolate, we’ve made Barnsey a full-bodied dark ale that is both complex and deeply satisfying. Barnsey is a truly rewarding and enjoyable beer, carefully brewed using a mix of Maris Otter, Chocolate and Crystal malts together with Bramling Cross hops. Barnsey contains wheat and barley malt.
The price: £1.67 (in a 3 for £5 deal, usually £2.00)
The source: Sainsbury’s, Wilton Road, London SW1.
Total spent: £12.96
Normal price: £27.41
Can I keep finding good beers that will keep my interest up and see my through another twelve days? Stay tuned in to find out!