A Glass of Herts: Christmas drinks

PUBLISHED: 12:43 16 December 2014 | UPDATED: 13:07 16 December 2014

Robin Redbreast, Tring Brewery

Robin Redbreast, Tring Brewery


Laura Vickers gives her guide to some of the best Herts beers for the Christmas season

Silent Night, Buntingford BrewerySilent Night, Buntingford Brewery

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and nothing beats toasting the arrival of this wonderful time of year with a pint of Christmas-themed beer. Here are four festive favourites from some of Herts’ award-winning breweries:

Silent Night, Buntingford Brewery 
Known as much for its entertainingly sarcastic website as for its superb range of beers, Buntingford Brewery has changed the recipe for Silent Night every year since its inception. This year it’s a 4.1 per cent hoppy copper ale, available at a variety of Hertfordshire pubs as well as the new outlet at the brewery. Find your nearest pint at buntingfordbrewery.co.uk

Santa’s Little Helper and Robin Red Breast, Tring Brewery 
We’re being treated to a double-whammy at the wonderful Tring Brewery this year. Its regular Christmas offering, Santa’s Little Helper, is a 4.8 per cent rich dark ale that is delightful to sip with festive foods. Robin Red Breast is new for 2014; a dark ruby-coloured brew made with English Bramling Cross hops, yielding a blackcurrant flavoured beer with raisin and malty notes. Find stockists at tringbrewery.co.uk

Winter’s Tail, Red Squirrel Brewery 
Back by popular demand, Berkhamsted-based Red Squirrel Brewery is releasing its 5 per cent Winter’s Tail with a whole new design this year. Full-bodied and spicy with blackcurrant notes, there’s also a grapefruit freshness from the kiwi hops. This is delicious alongside warming dishes such as roast beef or game. It’s around £2.50 a pint and is available from Red Squirrel’s new craft beer shop in Chesham. See redsquirrelbrewery.co.uk

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