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#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

#HBBAdvent Beer 19: Kew Snowdrop Winter Ale (West London)

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Kew says: The 2017 version of our winter ale, Snowdrop, is a brand new recipe. Brewed with sweet, dark crystal and chocolate malts, it has a smooth, satisfying mouthfeel thanks to the addition of some malted oats, and a hint of festive ‘spice’ from some crystal rye malt. No 'seasonal' gimmicks in this one, it's just a lovely winter beer to keep you warm in the coldest months of the year.

We say: Kew founder Dave celebrates the best of British ingredients in his beers, which have helped open many drinkers' eyes to the underrated joy of English hops. In this case, however, it's the malt that comes to the fore in a beautiful beer that reminds us of our favourite cask milds. Super smooth and creamy, this is a true Tuesday night treat. - Glenn

#HBBAdvent Beer 18: Elusive Brewing Overdrive APA Lap 5 (Wokingham)

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Elusive says: American Pale Ale hopped with Simcoe then dry-hopped with Amarillo.

We say: Elusive founder Andy Parker's fame preceded him - by the time we first met, in the very early days of the shop, we already knew of his prowess as probably the finest home brewer out there, and definitely the nicest guy in beer.

Since then, we've loved watching Andy realise his dream of owning a brewery and go from strength to strength. He's continued to produce incredible beers - we've been fortunate to brew three collabs with him ourselves (you#ll find some of our most recent collab, Down in Mexigose, on the shelf and we're delighted that our smoked chilli porter Aztec Challenge will be making a return sometime soon). In the meantime, enjoy this cheeky little American Pale Ale on a Monday night. - Jen

 

#HBBAdvent Beer 11: Brew By Numbers Witbier Cranberry (SE London)

Brew By Numbers says: A tart, bright and fruity witbier brewed with cranberry, supported by some orange zest. Fuchsia pink in colour, with a floral, zesty aroma and sharp, juicy cranberry flavour.

We say: Brew By Numbers has been anticipating my taste obsessions these past few months. First came the Table Saison Ginger, followed by the Chocolate & Orange Stout and now this Cranberry Wit. It’s sherberty and spritzy, rich with red fruitiness and has a nice tart tang from the added orange zest.

With Christmas Day only two weeks away, it’s a beer to get you in the yuletide spirit. Just pour it into something pretty and say goodbye to that UTI. Plus, OMG babe, it’s pink. #basicbeertch - Cat

#HBBAdvent Beer 7: Brick Brewery Watermelon & Lime Sour (Peckham)

Brick says: This Florida Weisse style beer takes inspiration from the hot climate of its namesake - think palm-tree dotted linen shirts and Panama Hats. Soured in the kettle, 14kg of lime zest and juice added in the whirlpool and then conditioned on 50kg of fresh watermelon pulp. It's tropical tart and super refreshing.

We say: It's been awesome to see Brick - our friends and neighbours - grow and grow over the past few years. Now brewing from a superb new facility in Deptford (making even more room for the taproom and experimental brewhouse under the arches at Peckham Rye Station), their beers are both tasting and looking better than ever.

This tasty little treat is a reminder of summer days - the right levels of citrus and salt making it a joy to drink. It's all sold out now, but here's hoping they'll brew it again. We're looking forward to their festive sour - along with a New England Pale - that launches this weekend for their 4th birthday. Congrats guys! - Jen