#HBBAdvent Beer 6: Gosnells Hopped Mead (Peckham)

Gosnells says: Inspired by our our time working with friends at local breweries, Gosnells Hopped Mead pairs the citrus notes of our signature mead with a blend of floral aroma hops to create a bold new mead.

We say: Yes alright, calm down everyone. This isn't beer... but it is a fermented beverage made with hops, so we reckon it earns its place in the box. The Gosnells team have taken their original fermented honey mead and dry-hopped it with Amarillo and Mosaic, which lend lovely hoppy notes to the drink without bittering the sweetness. Gosnells' meadery is based just a few minutes from the shop and we've loved watching these guys go from strength to strength over the past few years and getting really inventive with their flavours. Just released is a festive six-pack which includes a citra-hopped mead with Cornish sea water and an elderflower mead - both of which are delightful. - Jen

Each night, we'll reveal the day's hand-picked beer from our Big Beery Advent Calendar. Feel free to comment below or have your say on Twitter or Instagram (#HBBAdvent). Find Gosnells Hopped Mead in store or via our online shop.

Big Beery Advent Calendar - Beer 21: Gosnells London Mead, 5.5% (Peckham)

Each night, 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.

Gosnells says: "We employ traditional brewing methods and blend carefully sourced citrus blossom honey with water to create a new style of mead that is very different from typical meads. At 5.5% ABV, Gosnells is both drier and lower in alcohol than most other meads, and makes for lighter, more refreshing drinking. We have gone back to the traditional base of mead, using just honey and water – no addition of hops, apples or grapes – to make a product that celebrates the simplicity of the drink, and the sweet, floral notes of the honey. We use traditional ingredients and methods to create mead with a modern twist; served in a 330ml bottle, 5.5% ABV and lightly sparkling. Fermented for 10 days, we then hand-bottled, pasteurize and label on-site in the Peckham meadery."

We say: One of the most delicious drinks in London, and it's made just around the corner. We've been delighted to see Tom Gosnell achieve such great success - among other accolades, he scooped the Young British Foodie award for Alcohol at this year's YBFs - and this is always one of our best-selling products. Its light, effervescent sweetness makes it a natural for food, or it's just perfect on its own on a hot summer day. We're also loving the new Winter Mead and will be taking home a flagon of Gosnells Mulled Mead for Christmas Day.

New stuff in store: 19 November

It feels a little bit like the calm before the storm right now before full-on Christmas madness kicks in. The good stuff keeps on coming though... Read on.

  • We're very excited to announce the debut of two London sauce ranges. Sidekick Sauces are smooth, creamy delights that are packed with flavour and go well on pretty much everything. Slow Richie's come to you from the wonderful chaps who bring you the best street food south of the river, currently wowing the punters down at Brick Brewery. Their delicious sauces all incorporate Brick's beers and we know they're going to be a surefire hit. Standby for a motherlode of new sauce action coming next week, too.
  • Peckham meadery Gosnells has introduced their new spiced Winter Mead in glorious 750ml bottles - the perfect gift and a definite centrepiece for any autumn/winter table. Stay tuned for in-store tasting dates.
  • And speaking of beautiful 750ml bottles, Cidre L'Atypique is our new craft Normandy cider and it looks and tastes absolutely incredible. Who needs champagne when you have this?
  • On the beer side of things, our love for Buxton Brewery knows no bounds and we're greatly looking forward to trying out their new Double Axe Edge DIPA and Red Point IPA when they land later today. These guys never disappoint.
  • On the oop north brewery tip, we also welcome a third can from Vocation Brewery of Hebden Bridge. Pride & Joy American Pale Ale joins the exquisite Heart & Soul Session IPA and Life & Death IPA in the fridge. 
  • Back down south, Sussex way, we have new Burning Sky! Cuvee in big bottles, Vatted Potter in 330ml. 
  • Finally, Green Flash Hop Head Red makes its return - a big red DIPA from San Diego. This is definitely the season of the red ales right now and this caramelly, resinous hop monster is at the top of the field.