Big Beery Advent Calendar - Beer 1: Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta IPA, 6.5% (New Zealand)

Each night at 8pm, we'll post a blog about the day's hand-picked beer in our Big Beery Advent Calendar - why we love the brewery, why we've chosen the beer, why we think you'll love it too. Feel free to comment below or have your say on Twitter.

Yeastie Boys says: "A modern cult classic inspired by the Pale Ales that travelled from England to the East Indies and, perhaps more importantly, all that precious tea that returned on those same ships. This beer utilises judicious amounts of Earl Grey Blue Flower tea to generate an intoxicating floral and citrus aroma with the quenching dry finish of an ice tea. A truly unique new world India Pale Ale with a decidedly old world twist."

We say: Yeastie Boys and HB&B go all the way back to 2011, when Jen first tweeted that the Yeasties’ new Rex Attitude peated ale was like “tonguing your granddad”. (Disclaimer: We love this brewery so much we bought shares in the company.) Gunnamatta is an HB&B icon, consistently sitting at #11 in our best-selling beers list, something that irritates their head brewer no end. Now being brewed right here in the UK, this delicately perfumed IPA with a big Kiwi hop punch will sort your Tuesday (or any day) out right.