Christmas Cake Imperial Stout at The Needle & Pin, December 2016

It’s Christmas!!!!

Well, almost. We are just a few days away. One of the important ingredients of Christmas is Christmas cake. But what if you are on a liquid diet? How about a Christmas cake in beer form? That can be arranged.

With any luck, you would be able to get to a pub that has one of only 12 casks of Christmas Cake Imperial Stout, brewed by Cloudwater Brew Co in collaboration with ToØl of Denmark. The cakey Imperial Stout was infused with fresh ground spices and dried fruits to create something fruity, and rich, with lingering warming spices.

I did just that. Our lovely little local, The Needle & Pin, had managed to secure one of these rare casks, and today was the day when it would be going live. Sold only in halves or thirds (you don’t need more), this festive delight was sure to delight local drinkers including myself and regular MOFAD drinking companion Alec, who was also interested in sampling this festive fayre.

Indeed it did delight us. Without a doubt this is Christmas cake in a glass, boozy dried fruits and gentle winter spices. Well worth the brief cycle to get here and try this. Nearly everyone who walked through the door during the couple of hours that we were there wanted to try it, the exception being a couple of people who had other things to do, such as driving home or operating heavy machinery…

We decided to stay for something a little lighter, Binghams Vanilla Stout, voted CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Beer of Britain earlier this year.

It was a gentle vanilla stout, very tasty, but it certainly won’t be my champion beer this year. We also needed some lunch, so a quick trip over the road to The Hog Stop soon found us with a couple of English traditional pork rolls in our hands, slow roasted pork with home made apple sauce, home made sage and onion stuffing and crispy crackling.

There was time for a little shopping too, as you could take away a few bottles, either to drink now, or to lay down and age for a while. MOFAD drinking companion Matt had requested some boozy delightfulness too, always happy to help 🙂

Merry Christmas!


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