1St beer of Christmas 

So for a month I shall be postponing must try and instead looking at 12 must tries, my twelve beers of Christmas all will be readily available in bottle shops of Newcastle, pubs or online and I shall list the retailer non have sponsored me but as you are all busy in December of there are any you like the sound of they will be easy to find. 

So without further ado on the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a bottle from the Isle Orkney 

Clootie dumpling is a example of everything I usually hate in a christmas beer listing cinnamon (shall try not to use the c word after this point) ginger and allspice that is normally enough to put me off (read last year’s bah humbug post) however Orkney are a brewery who have built up a bit of good wil with me so I decided to give it a try. 

The pour was fresh with a almost velvety pure white head that would impress a certain Irish brewery,  the spices are all over the scent the taste is sweet and ballanced well with the spice it certainly lives up to its Clootie dumpling name offering a reserved sweet and spices mix with a almost warming finish 

At 4.3% it may be the lightest on my list and whilst it’s subtle and balanced it’s certainly not a beer you would have more than a pint of but it has a good flavour and if your going to have a beer with added spices this year this may be hard to beat 

Available in glug @the grainger market with extended opening hours in the build up to Christmas 


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