HB&B Blog — Christmas

The Beer Lover's Table: Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies and St Bernardus Christmas Ale

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The Beer Lover's Table: Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies and  St Bernardus Christmas Ale

There is no better December beer than St Bernardus Christmas Ale. Redolent of winter spices and dried fruit, this 10% quadrupel is well-suited to festive indulgence. It’s become such a cult favourite that, as I recently learned from fellow beer writer Eoghan Walsh, it’s even got its own themed Christmas jumper. (Santa, if you’re listening: Send me a medium?) Last year, I decided to take a page from Black Axe Mangal chef Lee Tiernan and pair St Bernardus Christmas Ale with deep-fried mince pies. But this year, I looked overseas for inspiration. In a normal December, I’d be hopping on...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Deep-Fried Mince Pies And St Bernardus Christmas Ale

Beer Lover's Table Belgium Christmas Claire Bullen St Bernardus Trappist

The Beer Lover’s Table: Deep-Fried Mince Pies And St Bernardus Christmas Ale

There’s been a lot of discussion on the food internet lately about what constitutes a mince pie. The controversy kicked off two weeks ago, when US food website The Spruce Eats posted (and swiftly removed) a bizarre misinterpretation of the dish. The team mistook “mincemeat” to mean “beef mince” and so prepped a full-sized tart filled with mince, topped with apples and served with custard. UK commenters laughed and recoiled in horror in equal measure, though that wasn’t the end of it. As Eater London posited: When is a Mince Pie No Longer a Mince Pie? Does a mincemeat-stuffed doughnut...

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