Big Beery Advent Calendar - Beer 22: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, 5.6% (US)


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.

Rogue says: "A nutty twist to a traditional European Brown Ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish."

We say: Christmas in a glass! Beer does not get more festive than this. Proper special pudding beer.

New stuff in store: 11 December

Deck the halls... with shedloads of beer. Here's what's in your Christmas stocking this week.

  • Glorious new 750ml sharing bottles, including Anspach & Hobday's White Coffee Milk Stout, Wiper & True's Winter Ale Abbey Rye and Vocation's Naughty & Nice Chocolate Stout (also now in can too).
  • We went a bit overboard on Bristol breweries this week, knowing how much you love them. From Arbor, we've got their Grifter APA, Breakfast Stout and Basta Rosse, a red ale brewed with Italian brewery Mezzo Passo. We also see the triumphant return of their Yakima Valley IPA, one of the most-requested beers we've ever had. From Wiper & True, we've got Amber Simcoe Steam, Small Beer #13 and Sorachi Ace IPA in addition to the 750ml Winter Ale Abbey Rye. Be quick, these won't hang around.
  • On a South-East London stylee, we've got Partizan's delicious 300th Brew, Don Biere de Garde, as well as Late Knights' roasty Penge Porter and the return of the ultimate shirk, rest and play beverage, Deserter IPA.
  • Also from within the M25, say hello to Big Smoke Brew Co's sublime Underworld Milk Stout and the return of Weird Beard's Duke Of Dank Red IPA. (The clue is in the name.) A little further out, Siren's Pompelmocelo is a delightfully tart grapefruit IPA that will definitely put a pucker in your pint.
  • Brewdog has launched its annual Prototype series, where you get to have your say on which beers should make it onto their core line-up. We've got two this week: Milk Stout (see a theme here?) and Black IPA
  • One final Christmas beer joins the ranks: Rogue Santa's Private Reserve, a hoppy, sprucey, malty amber ale.
  • And finally - because: Star Wars - we've re-upped on Northern Monk's It's A Trap.







Dads = sorted

In case you missed our Fathers' Day guide a couple of newsletters' ago, here it is again in all its glory. (And feel free to buy Mum a few brews too.)

HB&B gift boxes Our popular 3- and 6-bottle gift boxes are pretty much tailor-made for dads (and anyone else). You can either choose your own selection of beers or take the easy route and opt for one we prepared earlier. Our Gipsy Hill and Brick Brewery 3-packs are always best-sellers, or keep it local with a South-East London 6-pack. Or why not give Dad the double whammy - swap out one of the beers for one of our 100+ hot sauces and turn a Hop Box into a Hot Box? 

Make Your Own Beer Cookies The ultimate DIY kit for dads who love baking - and it's even better for dads who hate it. This awesome kit comes with everything you need to make tasty biscuits that are actually MADE OF BEER. Simply pour the enclosed bottle of Five Points' glorious Railway Porter over the cookie mix and stick it in the oven. Yes, it is that simple. We're hoping these kits will arrive before this weekend, but will happily take reservations if they don't make it in time. You know you need this in your life.

I like big beers and I cannot lie That's right - big beautiful bottles of beer. Celebrate his glory with His Majesty, a Belgian-style strong golden ale from Yeastie Boys. Get fruity with Founders' Blushing Monk, packed with an insanely huge amount of raspberries. If he's on the sour side, suck up a Rueuze from The Bruery, an exquisite sour blonde ale from the US of A. Lastly, the world's greatest gift for a beer-lovin', chilli-lovin' chap - our Rogue Sriracha bundle: a 750ml bottle of Rogue's Hot Sriracha Stout and the original Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Sauce for just £16.50 (a saving of £2 on what you'd pay if you bought them separately).

Finally - don't forget about beautiful beer glassware and our own HB&B vouchers. See you down t'shop soon...

New stuff in store: 28 May

As the UK's (the world's?) only craft beer and hot sauce shop, we've been looking forward to the British release of Rogue's Sriracha Hot Stout for ages. Brewed with Huy Fong, the best sriracha sauce on the planet (aka Rooster Sauce), it's pretty epic - and it's in store now. Buy it on its on or bundle it with Huy Fong's iconic sauce for super sriracha value at a very special price.

Other beery goodness this week includes a massive shipment of New Zealand beers with newbies from 8 Wired and Renaissance Brewing, as well as restocks of all your favourites from Yeastie Boys, Tuatara and Three Boys in bottle and on flagon-fill too.

We also finally welcome Left Hand Brewing to our shelves - their Milk Stout Nitro has to be tasted to be believed.

Brewdog's 'terminally hoppy' Born To Die IPA is in - but won't last long. Plus we've also got shedloads of Beavertown cans in, including but not limited to the brand new Power of the Voodoo Triple IPA and re-ups on Bloody Ell and Neck Oil.

In hot sauce news, to celebrate our six-month anniversary, we've launched our very own hopped hot sauce. HBB1 Hopped & Burning Hot Sauce has been created with UK hot sauce queen Miranda Pellew of Chilli Pepper Pete in Brighton, and is based on the Middle Eastern sauce zhoug. Rich and tangy, it brings together coriander, parsley, cumin and lemon juice with jalapeno and Thai chillies, plus an infusion of Summit hops from Peckham’s own Brick Brewery. It's amazing with Middle Eastern cuisine, mind-blowing with all things BBQ and goes pretty well with a beer too. On sale from Friday!

And join us on Saturday afternoon when we officially launch Whitey's Bad Boy Jerk Sauce in store. Whitey himself will be in session too, with tastings for all, though without his jerk drum this time (keep your ears peeled for a proper jerk session going down in the forecourt before the summer is out).