Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Celebration Ale 6.8% California, USA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is one of the finest breweries in the world. When I was first getting into beer discovering Sierra Nevada was somewhat life changing. The brewery has been going since 1980 and every year they produce a Celebration Ale, a 6% IPA.
I’ve waxed lyrical about BrewDog on this blog many times before for coming up with innovative beers and their fresh attitude to brewing and beer. Beer aside, BrewDog also has a great sense of humour and regularly come up with humours beers that also taste good. When I spotted SantaPaws, a Christmas Scotch ale I knew I had to try it. Continue reading →
Sambrook’s Brewery Wandle 3.8% Battersea, London, UK
Sambrook’s having been brewing beer since 2008, well before craft beer was even a “thing” in London. They are one of the older breweries in London (crazy) but make quality ale and Wandle was their first ever beer and it’s a belter.
Penpont Brewery Monk’s Brew 1127 6.4% Cornwall, UK
When I was in my teens the “standard” present at Christmas was either a selection box of chocolates or socks, however these days it has become custom for my family and friends to buy me beers. Usually, it is the “real ale” they can find me from supermarkets like Speckled Hen etc. However, my sister got me four beers from beer52.com, who deliver craft beers to your door. Pretty rad. Continue reading →
Dark Star Brewery Sunburst 4.8% West Sussex, UK
Dark Star Brewery is based in West Sussex and was founded in 1994 by entrepreneur Peter Halliday, publican Peter Skinner, and brewer Rob Jones. The name of the brewery comes from a Grateful Dead song of the same name and originally started out in the cellar of a pub in Brighton called The Evening Star. I’ve been lucky enough to try various Dark Star beers on tap in some lovely pubs in London including such fine ales as Hophead, Dark Star Original and their American Pale Ale, which is my favourite.
Meantime Brewing Company London Pale Ale 4.3% London, UK
To me when I think of successful craft beers and micro breweries none stands out more so than the Meantime Brewing Company. Founded back in 2000 by Alastair Hook it has become one of the most recognisable and well respected breweries in the world, let alone the UK. It has won several awards for its beer and has set the standards over the past 13 years for producing some of the best ale in the world. Continue reading →
Anchor Brewery Christmas Ale
Anchor Brewing Company 5.5% San Francisco, California, USA
Anchor Brewery create some fantastic beer and have been around since 1896. Their ‘standard’ lager which I sampled in London’s best burger joint Honest Burgers reminds me a bit of Sierra Nevada. Every year Anchor Brewery produce a special one off Christmas ale that is different every year. To get in the Christmas spirit I picked one up to sample. Continue reading →