#HBBAdvent Beer 21: Omnipollo Pleroma Raspberry Creme Brulee Sour

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Omnipollo says: Raspberry creme brulee sour ale brewed with lactose sugar with raspberries and vanilla added.

We say: The last Friday before Christmas is your traditional party night, and Team Omnipollo are the perfect pair to bring to the bash. Henok Fentie and Karl Grandin continue to innovate and blur the boundaries of what beer is and can be. This fun little number brings prickling raspberry tartness and a rich and sweet mouthfeel from the lactose, the perfect party guest. Beer everything! - Nathan, HB&B Deptford manager

#HBBAdvent Beer 20: Unity x Duration x Boxcar The Ground Up Farmhouse IPA (Southampton)

Unity says: Hops meet funk in this lightly soured IPA liberally hopped with Styrian Wolf and Dragon.

We say: Unity has constantly impressed us this year, and when we saw the team had collaborated with two of our favourite bunches of brewery folk - Boxcar and Duration, good friends as well as frequent visitors to HB&B Towers - we knew we had to get this beer in our advent box. The Ground Up is a fantastic saison - biscuity, lightly citrus with a balanced dose of funk too. Nice one guys, we ❤ you.

#HBBAdvent Beer 16: Lervig Konrad's Stout (Norway)

Lervig says: We’ve been producing this stout since 2010. We wanted to make a straightforward Imperial Stout with a Scandinavian touch to it, so we used a lot of dark malts and just the right water chemistry to give the beer a very soft mouth feel with coffee and Liquorice notes.

We say: Lervig Aktiebryggeri, from Stavanger in Norway, is brewing some of the greatest dark beers in Europe right now, whether they’re adjunct-rich pastry stouts, barrel-aged chocolate martini stouts or this bittersweet imperial stout. The malt base carries coffee, liquorice, dried fruit and berries perfect for in a cold dark sunday with a pre-Christmas cheese board (or if you're still craving pastry, a warm mince pie!). - Nathan, HB&B Deptford Manager

#HBBAdvent Beer 14: Pressure Drop Breaking Out Of My Tomb Brut IPA (London)

Pressure Drop says: We used Mosaic, Citra and Ekuanot hops in both these IPAs. They can be tasted together and compared or enjoyed on their own. The Brut IPA is about paring back the beer to intensify the flavours of the hops. The beer is bone dry, crisp and light, but with an intense hoppy flavour.

We say: We were stoked to be asked to launch this beer, along with its sibling, Show Of Hands NEIPA, at the shop last month - Pressure Drop’s first ever beer in cans. We wanted a Brut IPA to include in our advent - given this dry, spritzy style has been the hottest trend of 2018 - and Jen fell in love with this beer on opening it, so the decision was made. Cheers guys.

#HBBAdvent Beer 13: Buxton x Lervig Trolltunga Gooseberry Sour IPA

Buxton says: Trolltunga is a jutting rock in Norway, hanging 700 metres over lake Ringedalsvatnet. Only the wary tread the path to the very edge. This beer was brewed to celebrate friendship and a love of wild places. A collaboration with Lervig Aktebryggeri. (Stavanger, Norway)

We say: Like the place that inspired it, Trolltunga is spectacular (and with the bonus of not having to trek in snow shoes to enjoy it)! A collaboration of two breweries with the technical skill and subtlety to make this beautiful Gooseberry Sour IPA work in every way. Pouring golden haze with a lacy whitehead the full and juicy mouthfeel gives way to a slap round the face of tart gooseberry and lemon sherbet cleaned up with a dry finish. One of HB&Bs favourites from the beginning and now in a 440ml can, so even more of it to love and crush. - Nathan, HB&B Deptford Manager

#HBBAdvent Beer 10: Wild Beer Sleeping Limes (Somerset)

Wild Beer says: Limes + Sea Salt + Lager. Clean and crisp with refreshing tangy limes and a Moorish briny finish, this is our perfect summer beer. It originally took inspiration from Sleeping Lemons and the beautiful preserved lemons we use, but the idea developed into a cleaner beer, taking the Corona and lime wedge and stepping it up a notch. Brewing a beer around the taste of lime naturally led us to using this beautiful citrus fruit, utilising both the fresh pulp and the zest. A clean and crisp base was achieved by using a lager yeast with the lime building an addictive tang to the pallet and a gose inspired flurry of salt adding to the finish.

We say: Sleeping Limes was one of the beers of our summer, too - on its own, icy-cold, straight from the fridge, or as a top-up for Jen’s legendary Michelada mash-ups… Now that it’s well into autumn/winter, we’re so glad to see Wild Beer continuing this cracking brew. As well as a welcome dose of Vitamin C (maybe), it’s a hotline for your tastebuds, direct to those gloriously sweltering days of summer ‘18….

#HBBAdvent Beer 9: Canopy Amaretti Imperial Stout (London)

Canopy says: Some journeys are longer than others and our Amaretti Imperial Stout is there for the big ones, those hard fought slogs through the mud and dirt. This is a beer to be savoured and to reminisce over in front of a roaring log fire. Warm your toes and your heart; that’s well deserved. Rich and luscious, with hints of vanilla and almond biscuit.

We say: Canopy got its own canning line this year and its crisp Champion Kolsch and crushable Brockwell IPA are mainstays on our shelves, while its limited releases have truly come into their own. The Amaretti Imperial Stout represents the perfect bev to enjoy as the weather turns wintry. With its delectable creaminess and not too sweet amaretto, it fulfills the hankering we all get for dark beers around the advent season - Caleb, HB&B sales assistant, Peckham

#HBBAdvent Beer 8: Cloudwater Brewed All Season DIPA (UK)

Cloudwater says: Double IPA is a style close to our hearts and one we've worked hard to continually refine. This beer is the result of two years' experience in developing recipes that are deliciously drinkable at a higher ABV, delivering clean and precise flavours. Thick body and sweetness provide the platform to showcase huge tropical and citrus hop flavours.
Aroma & Flavour: Big mango and stone fruit flavours, with a light, sweet malt presentation
Body: Full-bodied, smooth and juicy
Aftertaste: Lingering fruit juice sweetness, no bitterness

We say: When it comes to Team Cloudwater, we have so much love to give. These guys have supported us as much as we’ve supported them over the past few years, we’re both madly passionate about independence and well, we sell a hell of a lot of their beer. This Brewed All Season DIPA is one of their best brews of the year and we’re delighted to include it in our little 2018 beer capsule.

#HBBAdvent Beer 7: North Brewing Co Kurious Oranj IPA

North says: This juicy IPA is absolutely bursting with flavours of fresh citrus. A generous helping of oats ensures this beer is soft and full-bodied, whilst the addition of Mandarina Bavaria hops give it a raw zesty finish.

We say: The North team are some of our absolute favourite people in the business but not only that, they’re making some of the best beers in the business too (and winning ALL the awards). We had to include one of their specials in this little capsule of 2018. Kurious Oranj has all the sweetness, juiciness and pithiness of fresh mandarin, and couldn’t we all use a bit of Vitamin C at this time of year?

#HBBAdvent Beer 6: Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA (US)

Cigar City says: All that remains of [the traditional Basque game] Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with beef empanadas, devilled crabs, and other spicy dishes. 

We say: When we get to Thursday, we start getting a hankering for hops. Jai Alai is a venerable icon in the world of IPA - big notes of citrus and resin, the way they used to make ‘em before the haze craze took hold… The weekend starts here. Almost.

#HBBAdvent Beer 5: Yeastie Boys Hot Space Extra Pale Ale (UK)

Yeastie Boys says: A medley of tropical and autumnal stonefruit, in both flavour and aroma, bursts from the very pale and delicate malt base of Hot Space. It all comes together to create an Extra Pale Ale that’s even more sessionable than Session IPA. 

We say: It’s nice to see Yeastie Boys’ UK specials back on our shelves. This beer only just scraped into the advent box due to a cock up with couriers - in fact, Yeastie founder Stu even had to bundle his home stash into a cab to get it over in time for our first night of advent packing, but it was well worth the effort. Checking in at just 3.2%, this is a triumph by YB’s new head brewer JK (with whom we brewed our famous Murk du Soleil DIPA last year during his tenure at Marble). It’s light but oh so tasty, and at such a low ABV you can have no qualms about cramming it down your throat on a school night.

Festive online rewards!

It seems like a good time to remind you all about the wonders of our HB&B Good Times Online Rewards scheme. Because not only do we have one of the UK’s finest selections of all things good, we also have the most generous online rewards programme out there and we don’t shout nearly enough about it.

Right now, until 11.59pm on Wednesday 12th December, all new customers who create an online account with us will get 100 rewards points just for that simple act. That’s a £5 discount code to use whenever you like.

But if you’re not a new customer, fear not - your rewards last all year long. For a start, you’ll get 100 bonus rewards points just for referring a new customer to us (all they need to do is spend £30+ and set up an online account). You can then choose to spend or save your points that you accrue while you shop with us - if you resist the temptation to spend them, you could receive a discount code of up to £150!

Want to find out more? Head to our online shop and click the little Earn Rewards tab to see what rewards you can earn and how to spend them.

#HBBAdvent Beer 4: Burnt Mill Pintle Pale Ale (Suffolk)

Burnt Mill says: Pale ale brewed with wheat, oats and flaked barley in the grist to smooth out the body. Whirlpooled and dry hopped with Australian Cascade and Citra. Its restrained bitterness and dry finish help maintain Pintle's all day crushability.

We say: We all loved Pintle straight out of the gate but the more the team at impressive young Suffolk brewery Burnt Mill brew it, the better it keeps on getting. Supremely full flavoured, easy-drinking with bags of character, this is surely one of the great modern British pale ales.

#HBBAdvent Beer 3: Lost & Grounded Keller Pils (Bristol)

Lost & Grounded says: Sometimes the simple things in life are the best. We take Pilsner malt from Germany and combine with three traditional hop varieties – Magnum, Perle and Hallertauer Mittelfruh – to produce a clean, unfiltered, Hop Bitter Lager Beer.

We say: LAGER IS LIFE! No seriously, it is, and these guys have worked out the meaning of life with Keller Pils, one of the best lagers being brewed in the UK right now. Inspired by the German greats, it holds its own against them too - clean, crisp, with exactly the right amount of bitterness. Also, it’s made by terrific people, so you know you’re drinking a labour of love. Mondays were made for this.

#HBBAdvent Beer 2: Hammerton Crunch Peanut Butter Milk Stout (London)

Hammerton says: After three months and 37 experiments, this stout has what we consider to be the perfect ratio of peanut butter, lactose and biscuit. A massive hit of roasted peanuts and biscuit on the nose, followed by a silky-smooth mouthfeel, and a sweet CRUNCH as it goes down.

We say: Hardcore yum factor! This cheeky little milk stout from Islington’s Hammerton Brewery is impossible to keep on the shelf - we’re constantly selling out because it’s just so damn delicious. It even managed to convert our cynical beer writer Matthew Curtis… It’s the perfect Sunday night sipper. Or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday…

#HBBAdvent Beer 1: Verdant Even Sharks Need Water IPA (Cornwall)

Verdant says: We put together an A team of Simcoe, Citra and Galaxy with our super fruity house yeast strain to make a classic New England IPA – just a hint of bitterness, and a balance of sharper citrus fruits to stop the tropical aroma being too sweet.

We say: Our advent calendars always reflect our year in beer, so it seemed obvious that Verdant should kick off our 2018 box. It’s been an amazing year for these guys - a new London tap room, a Falmouth seafood tapas joint coming soon plus they’ve smashed their crowdfunding targets to boot. 2018 has also seen us get our hands on more Verdant beer than ever before, ridiculously fresh from the source, which you lot have eagerly snapped up.

This batch of Even Sharks is a pure juice bomb, big on tropical flavours and succulent hints of melon. A cracking start to Christmas!

Chilli Karaoke rode again last week, and it was rad. (And it's happening again, you should come,)

After a couple of years’ hiatus, we finally got our A in G to bring back Chilli Karaoke. It was absolutely bloody fantastic - big cheers to everyone who came along, to all those brave souls who took part and to our MC, our OG staff member Lewis Blomfield. Congratulations to our new Chilli Karaoke champion Lacey of #TigerBitesBao. She cooks, she sings, she scores.

If you missed out, fear not - it’s back again at Signature Brew Taproom in Haggerston on Friday 30th November. For now, here’s a taste.


#HBBAdvent Beer 24: Northern Monk Black Forest Strannik Imperial Stout (Leeds)

Northern Monk says: So nice, we literally double mashed twice. We're bringing another favourite from last year in the form of the delightfully decadent Black Forest Strannik. An Imperial Russian Stout with added cherries.

We say: We wanted something really special to finish off the advent calendar, and what better than this ridiculously sumptuous imperial stout. Rich, boozy and exploding with dark fruitiness, we couldn't think of a better beer to sit back with on Christmas Eve - so that's what we're going to do. Merry Christmas, everyone - thanks for coming along on our advent ride and for all your support in 2017. - All of us here at HB&B

#HBBAdvent Beer 23: Beavertown x Cigar City Paleo Pinhead Porter (North London)

Beavertown says: This rich and coconutty porter is a collab with our friends from CIgar City Brewing. Paleo Pinhead gives you a rich and creamy mouth feel with intense coconut aromas. Upfront sweetness gives way to gentle vanilla flavours balanced out by a roasty cacao finish.

We say: LIQUID BOUNTY BAR.

We sell more Beavertown than any other brewery, so there was no question that they wouldn't be a star of this year's Big Beery Advent Calendar. At just the right time, this delectable confection came along. We drank, we loved, we ordered large. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. - Jen

#HBBAdvent Beer 22: Lervig Tasty Juice APA (Norway)

Lervig says: We did it, After we all travelled to Boston we came back inspired to finally jump on the juicy band wagon. Funny thing when we first saw one we gasped, and asked if the keg was okay... Then we realised this is the juice! The biggest issues for these beers are they have to be sold fast! Drank immediately. The freshness is what its all about. Unless you are working at a brewery you can see what a hoppy IPA tastes like straight out of the fermentation tank. Don't buy this beer unless you plan to drink it very soon! We canned it to help preserve its hoppy quality better...

We say: The brewers in Norway definitely know how to make a good beer, whether it is an imperial stout, sour or this great example of a DDH Citra IPA. If tasty is the word you use to describe this beer then you’re absolutely spot on. Oh, and the name kind of gives it away too… For me, this has been one of the most consistent juicy hop-bombs this year and my fridge has become well acquainted with it. - Joris