The days have turned darker and as the seasonal beer and cider drinkers shift from golden ales and lagers to stronger, darker brews. This selection of porters, stouts and ales is full of heavily roasted malts, traditional hops for that toasty flavour and a dash of festive spice thrown in too. Enjoy the winter months and offer your customers something to settle down with that's rich, flavoursome and comforting!
Brooklyn Insulated Lager is your protection against biting wind and soggy weather. It has a nimble, racy body, while a helping of American black barley adds just a hint of roast coffee. A light dry hopping of
American and German hops pitter-patters across the nose and dives into the dry, warming finish.
Thornbridge Cocoa Wonderland is a truly wonderful, award winning chocolate beer. Full bodied, it is a robust porter with natural mocha malt flavours from the complex malt grist, complementing the decadent additions of real cocoa beans to the maturation process... Mmm, mmm.
Porterhouse from Ireland offer three delicious beers that offer something a little different in their Oyster Stout, a satisfying slurp via their Dublin Pale Ale or a smooth experience in their deeply aromatic but not overpowering Plain Nitro Porter.
Our European winter warmers offer the slightly darker, more indulgent and stronger Schneeweise by Erdinger, a clean and crisp Furstenberg Lager or the popular and impressive Weihenstephaner Hefe that's a full bodied wheat beer.
This year marks the 43rd annual release of the Anchor tradition: Anchor Christmas Ale. The beer pours a deep, dark, mahogany brown with a creamy, tan head. It has flavours of creamy bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and toasted nuts, with a rich, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. The combination of malts, spices, and hops add layers of complexity to the beer and bring this year's ale to a new level.
Offer your customers that touch of spice in a Christmas beer, Delirium Christmas is a big Belgian ale in every respect ABV and taste. Well-balanced and totally drinkable but with a very spicy flavour, this is something worth the year long wait.
Sierra Nevada's Celebration IPA is famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense; featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops.
Or try a Christmas Ale from closer to home with Shepherd Neame's cockle-warming winter ale, reminiscent of raisins, dates and molasses with tannin-like notes of leather, vanilla, apricots and a hint of rustic Armagnac.
These beers make Christmas feel complete!
Increasing numbers of people are drinking no or low alcoholic drinks. 50% of smartphone users in 2016 apparently have a health-related app on their phone; it's important to offer those looking for a healthier alternative this winter season something packed full of flavour!
Choose from a delicious citrus pale ale with big hop bitterness with Innis & None, Heineken's well balanced 0.0 offering, the fine pouring Krombacher Low Alcohol or the world-renown flavours of Beck's, Budvar or Franziskaner Weizenbier in their no alcohol beers...and not forgetting Pistonhead's Flat Tire in handy cans!
There's a beer for every kind of 'none'-drinker that walks through your door.
Warm and spiced ciders littering our shelves are a sure sign that we're bedding down into the winter months...
'Wassail' comes from the Old Norse ves heill-meaning to be in good health-so as an antidote to the winter blues tempt your customers with one or more of these delicious ciders?!
See all of our Seasonal and Special Beers here.