Christmas is a time when we traditionally splash out and indulge in copious amounts of our favourite things, and beer is a staple for most people at this time of year. Here are some suggestions that will not just go with your traditional Christmas dinner, but help make it something a bit more special.
If you’re having a terrine, pâté, or any other rich, meaty dish, then try a Belgian dubbel, such as the brilliant Westmalle, or a Chimay Red. This style of beer is rich and malty, with a sweetness and medium carbonation that works very well with the rich creaminess of a good pâté. If you’re going for a smoked salmon, then why not stick with another Belgian, and have an Orval. This trappist beer is been rightly fêted as one of the best beers in the world, and its hoppy, fruity, citrussy flavours compliment the oils and flavours in a fish dish.
Traditional Christmas Turkey:
If you do a rich, wine or port-based gravy, then why not try a Beavertown 8-Ball, an IPA brewed with Rye which gives it a rich earthiness not usually associated with IPA’s. Alternatively, try Tiny Rebel’s Cwtch or local brewery Merlin’s Dark Magic. Cwtch
Christmas beer . . . is a brilliant amber ale, and Dark Magic is a rich dark mild, both of them use hops and fruitiness to cut through the gravy and lift the turkey up a notch. If you want to pair the beer with the meat, then a citrussy pale ale, such as or The Kernel’s Table Beer
would work very well.
Lervig’s 3 Bean Stout is a coffee, chocolate and tonka bean taste sensation. Despite its hefty 13%, the combination of flavours work to enhance your brandy-laden Christmas pudding. Hebden Bridge brewery, Vocation, do Naughty & Nice, a sublime chocolate stout, and Mikkeller, a much-loved Danish gypsy brewer has their Beer Geek Breakfast,
an oatmeal stout brewed with coffee. For those who are coeliac, then First Chop do a full range of gluten free beers that could be substituted in for any of the suggestions above. Alternatively, Shiny, To-Ol, Mikkeller and The Brew Foundation have a number of excellent gluten free beers in their range.
Have a wonderful Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous 2018 from all of us here at The Beer Emporium.