James Kemp

#HBBAdvent Beer 24: Marble Built To Fall APA (Manchester)

Marble says: Built to Fall sings with ripe white flesh nectarines, floral-tropical notes and a hint of tangelo. Lovely resinous pine sap and ripe seville oranges lead out to to a thirst quenching and super zesty grapefruit finish.

We say: Marble just doesn't stop wowing us this year. Whether it was the Portent of Usher Imperial Stout that head brewer JK thrust into my hand as soon as I went through the doors at IndyMan, the world's best black IPA, Black Sunshine, or the oh-so-elegant Sister Agnes morello cherry-aged old ale we enjoyed the other night, every beer is a knockout. This beer seemed like the perfect fit for the night before Christmas gluttony - a perfectly executed American pale ale. Nice one JK and team - without giving away my Golden Pints pick (cough, spoiler), you're my brewery of the year. - 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). Pick up Marble Built To Fall in store or via our online shop.

Manchester, So Much To Answer For

We held one of our favourite events yet at the shop on Thursday night - the latest instalment in our No More Heroes series with beer writer Matthew Curtis of Total Ales. This time we were joined by Marble head brewer James Kemp, who made the journey down from Manchester to take part in a tasting session of six of his favourite beers and a live interview for a forthcoming podcast.

The beers were terrific, the craic was strong and the topics of discussion wide and varied, with Matt and the audience grilling James on everything from murky beers ("no") to sexist beer marketing ("no") and Dobber ("I thought you weren't going to mention Dobber").

You'll be able to hear the full podcast soon at Total Ales. In the meantime, here's a photographic taster of the night. Details of the next event coming soon.