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#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.