Craft Metropolis – Your Top Christmas Beers for 2017


I’ve set Oli at Craft Metropolis a Christmas craft ale challenge.

Beers are seasonal. There’s so many different styles of brew and each one pairs up perfectly with a time of year.

December just used to be the time for Stouts, Porters, Christmas Beers (obviously) and suchlike but now we’re spoiled with winter variants of just about every type of ale.

So my challenge for Oli was for him to list his 12 best beers for this time of year. (Craft Metropolis have a good history of selecting beers for their patrons. The We Pick Box is a thing of legend.)

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Craft Metropolis source their beer exclusively from breweries based in London. This means that the beers Oli had to choose from had to be London-made. I was very excited to see what he came up with.

The box arrived today….

Oli’s 12 Beers for Winter 2017

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In no particular order…

Moncada Verano Session Pale Ale

Verano Session Pale Ale is a refreshing Pale Ale with a burst of English berry and tropical flavours, a perfect session beer. Perfect for watching the Boxing Day football results come in with some turkey leftover sandwiches.

Gipsy Hill Southpaw Amber Ale

Gipsy Hill Southpaw amber ale sees grain and hop fight for dominance in this New World amber ale. The result is a bitter-sweet combination, bringing sharp citrus, whispers of toffee and lightly toasted malt flavours, finishing with a resolute bitterness. Goes great with roast pork or smoked salmon.

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Orbit White Label #11 – Elderflower Saison

A Saison Grisette combination of locally foraged Elderflower and New Zealand Waiiti hops from the Orbit Beers. A light bodied, dry and refreshing vegan friendly limited edition beer. If you fancy something lighter and fresher after a big Christmas dinner, this could spark you up a bit.

Pressure Drops’ Wu Gang Chops the Tree

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This foraged herb hefeweisse has hints of clove, citrus, and banana. Wu Gang goes well with curry and other spicy dishes, and also contains some of those Christmassy spices, and a low abv measure of just 3.8% . And what a name….

Pressure Drops’ Pfaff

Pfaff Belgian Pale Ale is a light and fruity Belgian Pale Ale. Hopped with Citra, Amarillo & Hallertau Blanc the flavours of an American pale work brilliantly with the Belgian yeast and those classic flavours. A good match for a peppery Christmas ham.

Weird Beard Hippy Hating Hippie Rose, Cinnamon & Cardamom Stout

There’s perfume and spice, a hint of dark Arabian nights. The nose is a heady mix of flavours; light yet alluring. Fresh rose and earthy warmth of cardamom swells to encompass the palate. The body is dry, a fragrant heat full of promise and desire without the bitter aftertaste.

The title alone (cinnamon / stout) yells Christmas in possibly the most  wintry ale yet.

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Moncada Notting Hill Pale

Moncada Notting Hill Pale delivers a blast of hop aromas with a sturdy malt bill to create an exceptionally balanced beer. A very light golden example of a pale ale, it has aromas of tropical fruit and citrus notes including grapefruit.

I understand that Christmas is traditionally about the darker ales, but I don’t want to spend my whole winter drinking just stouts ‘n’ porters. A good citrusy blast will keep me happy while I munch my mince pies, thanks very much!

Gipsy Hill Hepcat

Gipsy Hill call their Hepcat session IPA their fruitiest yet, owing to its star-studded hop line-up. Mosaic, Citra, Equinox and Motueka leaving it’s beer with an orange hue. Unpeel the tangerine out of the stocking (or the chocolate orange Santa brought you) and pop one of these open as a treat.

Kew Brewery Richmond Rye

Kew Brewery Richmond Rye is a spicy and refreshing pale rye beer which is gently bittered to let the peppery rye shine through. It’s then given a big dose of English Admiral, Archer and Boadicea hops for aroma.

I’ve fallen for rye beers bigtime in 2017. This will go well with beef, or prime rib. Or with another two or three bottles of Richmond Rye!

Hop Stuff APA Arsenal Pale Ale

It’s a genuine American pale ale with all five hop variants from the ‘Land of the Brave’; a juicy refreshing sheep in wolf’s clothing, to please anyone from connoisseurs to craft newcomers.

Good with lamb, the sharpness will cut through the meat. Even palatable to those who don’t support the Gunners.

Bianca Road Long Play Session IPA

Bianca Road Long Play Session IPA is at 3.6%, bright and refreshing. An IPA that is truly an all-day session ale. The heavy Mosaic dry hop yields a beautiful floral and fruity aroma.

Right up my street. All the taste without a dizzying abv count, this would go well with the Christmas dinner main course. Yum.

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Wimbledon Bravo American Pale Ale

I’ve enjoyed this before from Craft Metropolis. The beer has a pronounced blackcurrant, citrus aroma. It’s fruity & crisp on the palate, with a refreshingly bitter bite to finish. The berry aroma would go lovely with venison, or with any rich fruity dessert. Or both!

All of these beers, and hundreds more, are available at Craft Metropolis.  All 12 of the above would cost you £38 as a one off, or £36 as part of a subscription. Nice!

48 Comments

  1. iain maciver
    4 December 2017
    Reply

    mince pies and a large sherry, and carrots for the reindeer

  2. Angela Treadway
    5 December 2017
    Reply

    milk and cookies x

  3. Solange
    5 December 2017
    Reply

    Milk and cookies.

  4. john prendergast
    5 December 2017
    Reply

    milk and cookies and a carrot for the reindeer

  5. Sarah McVicar
    5 December 2017
    Reply

    Mince pie and a glass of milk

  6. Sarah Forster
    5 December 2017
    Reply

    We’ll be leaving out mince pies, milk and maybe a handful of chocolate Heroes or Roses!

  7. Helen Hodgson
    5 December 2017
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    I leave a mince pie, a glass of whisky & a carrot for the reindeers

  8. jo liddement
    5 December 2017
    Reply

    A mince pie and carrots.

  9. Laura Pritchard
    5 December 2017
    Reply

    Mince Pies & milk!

  10. Sheena Batey
    5 December 2017
    Reply

    A mince pie and some sherry and a carrot ans Brussel sprout for Rudolph

  11. C Philip
    5 December 2017
    Reply

    Mince pies and a drop of Whiskey. Kids sometimes insist on leaving peppermint cremes out but I can’t say in all honesty that they last until he arrives.

  12. Graham Ross
    5 December 2017
    Reply

    Milk and cookies.

  13. Michelle smith
    5 December 2017
    Reply

    Mince pie and a glass of milk

  14. Ruth Harwood
    6 December 2017
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    A glass of wine and a few biscuits xx

  15. Kev Cannon
    7 December 2017
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    A mince pie, two carrots and a glass of milk. I usually eat the mince pie and drink the milk and the carrots go back in the fridge in the middle of the night

  16. A.E. ADKINS
    7 December 2017
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    Used to be brandy until it was decided that he would have too much alcohol if everybody left it for him & he may lose the presents, so it has been milk ever since, Santa was not overjoyed I believe!

  17. Clara B
    7 December 2017
    Reply

    A mince pie and a brandy

  18. Eleanor W
    7 December 2017
    Reply

    Really great to see some of the smaller London breweries get shout outs. Making damn good beers in amongst all the noise of the rest!

  19. Kirsty Connor
    7 December 2017
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    We always used to leave a whiskey or sherry with a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for rudolph, although apparently ‘santa’ has moved with the times and is partial to some cookies and milk now. I’m sure we could tempt him with some nice Christmas beer though! 😉

  20. Amanda Gregory
    8 December 2017
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    Mince pie and sherry

  21. Kristin Burdsall
    8 December 2017
    Reply

    A mince pie and a nice bottle of beer. Father Christmas must be sick of Whisky by the time he gets to us 😉

  22. Sharon Lou Johnson
    8 December 2017
    Reply

    can off larger, mince pie, glass of milk and carrots x

  23. donna l jones
    8 December 2017
    Reply

    carrots and mince pies

  24. Margaret Gallagher
    8 December 2017
    Reply

    BRANDY and cookies
    Think Santa likes them as there’s only crumbs left when we get up ????

  25. Christine Caple
    8 December 2017
    Reply

    Nothing any more as the children have grown up.

  26. Robert Price
    9 December 2017
    Reply

    Mince pies

  27. Ursula Hunt
    9 December 2017
    Reply

    Whisky and a mince pie

  28. ADEINNE TONNER
    9 December 2017
    Reply

    We leave a carrot,a half glass of milk and a cookie

  29. Sarah Austin
    9 December 2017
    Reply

    Mince pie and a brandy!

  30. sheri Darby
    9 December 2017
    Reply

    Chocolate biscuits and a glass of milk

  31. 9 December 2017
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    Mince pies of course!

  32. Ann Skamarauskas
    9 December 2017
    Reply

    a large glass of New Zealand pinot noir

  33. Nancy Bradford
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    Santa likes Baileys and mince pies in our house 🙂 Oh, and a carrot for the reindeer x

  34. Susan B
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    We leave out a cookie and a glass of milk or squash.

  35. 10 December 2017
    Reply

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  36. Charlotte Hoskins
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    A mince pie and spot of Brandy, always gone in the morning 😉

  37. Julia Linsley
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    IPA

  38. Chris Fletcher
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    A glass of sherry and a carrot for Rudolf!

  39. Kim Neville
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    Mince pies and glass of milk

  40. Lynn Hughes
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    Sherry and a carrot for Rudolph

  41. chani lewis
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    Santa gets a mince pie and a craft beer on christmas eve.

  42. Lucia Critchley
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    brandy and mince pies 🙂

  43. 10 December 2017
    Reply

    mince pies and a glass of port

  44. Victoria Middleton
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    Smallish glass of Sherry (hic) and a homemade mince pie!

  45. Adrian Bold
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    A mince pie, a carrot and a glass of milk.

  46. Kirsteen Mackay
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    Mince Pie, Milk and sometimes a Whisky

  47. Olivia Hinton
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    This is our first year with a toddler who gets christmas so she might decide to eschew the typical… Daddy’s vegan so it might just be carrots anyway…

  48. Charlotte Pashley-Foy
    10 December 2017
    Reply

    It used to be a mince pie and a glass of milk 🙂

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