We may only be slipping quietly into November at the end of this week, just after the clocks have gone back – but with a lurching inevitability, the Christmas adverts will be on the telly very soon. As well as retailers, brewers are forced to think about the festive season some way in advance – the slew of Christmas and Winter ales that appear need to be fermented and conditioned well before the seals on the advent calendars are even bruised. So, with that in mind, it’s time to announce our latest BeerCast brewday – and it’s one with a festive theme, that you can help decide on!
In mid-November we’ll be heading down to the fantastic Tyne Bank Brewery in Newcastle to brew their Christmas beer – and, as per their tradition, two possible choices are listed on their website. Whatever the result of the public vote, we’ll be brewing with Julia, Mark and the team, and it will then be released well in time for Christmas. Last time around, their poll-winning beer became the seriously tasty Chocolate Orange Stout – so what are the two potential festive ales this time around? Well, take your pick from…
a) Cranberry Pale Ale (4.5%) A Pale Ale brewed with a sweet malt base to balance the tartness of the cranberries
b) Festive Black IPA (5.1%) A black IPA brewed with new world hops and a slew of Christmas spices
To make your vote official, head to the Tyne Bank website and pick one of the two options – the link is right here…
We’ll keep you updated about which beer ends up being chosen, and check back in the second week of November for how we got on in the ‘toon. For details of previous BeerCast brewdays, check out the links below. Cheers! And