#HBBAdvent Beer 25: Mikkeller Hoppy Lovin' Christmas IPA / Lervig Smokes Like Christmas Stout / Ilkley Notorious FIG Strong Ale

Mikkeller says: A Christmas IPA brewed with ginger and pine needles.

Lervig says: [Translated] Smokes like Christmas is a nice stout with Islay whiskey lurking in the background. It's really a beer that would be nice for all seasons. 

Ilkley says: A Belgian style strong ale infused with an extraordinary amount of fresh figs. Rich, indulgent and powerful, this beer is designed to complement the wildest cheeseboard. A truly Notorious beer.

We say: Another instance where the success of this year's advent calendar took us by surprise and we had to substitute beers when the initial pick ran out! Mikkeller's Hoppy Lovin' Christmas was one of the stars of last year's calendar so we were pleased to bring it back as the single repeated beer of the box. When it ran out, we thought Lervig's smoky Ardbeg-aged beast would be a nice swap, and when that ran out, we were delighted to get our hands on Ilkley's decadently rich (and brilliantly named) Notorious FIG. Three winning beers for a fantastic Christmas Day. Festive greetings to you all! - Jen

We had so much fun putting this year's calendar together. Thanks for getting behind it - look forward to doing it all again in 2017! :)