December is a busy month, lots of trips out to various places to eat and drink. Although several of these venues were chosen by others. So it doesn’t actually come as a massive surprise to see that all but one of this month’s choices is a beer drunk at home.
So let’s begin with one of those, a Crafty Ales Red Rye by Hook Norton Brewery:-
This is a slice of hippity hoppity happiness. As you may already be aware, I am a fan of good hoppiness, and this red rye really delivers.
Next up, we have a Citra by Oakham Ales:-
This is a beer that I’ve been drinking for a good few years, as it is a regular at one of my regulars, The Generous Briton. It is hoppy and fresh (as you might expect for a beer named after the hop it contains). It’s fair to say that it’s a modern classic.
Now we move on to a Skye Black by Isle of Skye Brewing Company:-
This was really well flavoured, with heather honey, fruit, hops, oats and malt all coming through. A very nice ale indeed. In another month, this could have taken the title, well worth seeking out. Mine came from Booth’s.
Another hoppy beast next, a Crafty Dan by Thwaites Brewery:-
As you may have guessed, happiness=hoppiness in my glass. But a pale ale should be pale, not amber. I do have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about this, but you can see from the picture, this is a golden or amber ale.
So we come to our winner, and the only one found in a pub. This was Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale by Flying Dog Brewery, at the Greyhound Inn:-
Hoppy Christmas! It was best that I was going to have that day, and it turned out to be the best beer of the month. So it goes into the hat for beer of the year, which comes up next…