Welcoming the Christmas beers!

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With the Festive season about to get underway, beer lovers are in for a real treat at the Wolseley Wine Loft…

Eat, drink and be merry! With a selection of specially selected Christmas beers available at the loft, beer lovers – and their loved ones – will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting their festive tipples. In addition to single bottles, there are a number of gift packs available – with and without glasses – making the perfect stocking filler for the beer connoisseur in your life.

The brews on offer hail from the Continent to the Scottish isles and, offering a real array of Festive flavours, include a very rare magnum presentation bottle of one of the best beers in the world – so where better to start in our guide to the Christmas beers available at ‘the loft’?

St Bernardus Abt 12 Magnum Collectors’ Edition 2014 – 10.0% ABV
Presented in a specially designed bottle with Bière Belge neck, personalised champagne cork and the full colour wire closure that bears specially commissioned artwork by the renowned Belgian artist Christian Silvain, this is a real treat. The beer itself is deemed one of the greatest in the world, achieving a ratebeer rating of 100! Brewed to the original 1946 recipe, this is a perfectly balanced beer with ruby highlights, a full body and a hoppy bite. Bottle conditioned, we have just one of these beauties available at £28.50

Pere Noel- 75cl bottle – 7% ABV
While the label – with its pudgy Santa embracing a frothy glass of beer – may be all-out Christmas kitsch, the beer within is far from it. This Belgian pale ale is one for all lovers of Belgian IPAs – hoppy, creamy and fruity with a dry bitterness on the finish. Perfect for warming up a winter’s day this fruity, malty strong pale ale would be great complimenting rich, Christmas food – or just as perfect with a takeaway! £7.25 for a 75cl bottle.

Pickled Santa – 6% ABV
Continuing with the Santa theme, this Hop Back brew is a cracking English festive brew – chestnut in colour and strong in flavour with hints of cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg. £2.69 per bottle.

Gouden Carolus Christmas – 10.5% ABV
Achieving an impressive 99 ratebeer score, this Belgian ale is praised for its seriously heavy, strong brown ale style and spiced flavours that include a significant liquorice punch. £3.65 per bottle.

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody’s Christmas Cracker – 4.7% ABV
This English dark chestnut seasonal ale blends malty aromas with a light bitter taste that makes it easy to drink. £2.79 per bottle.

Brouwerij Slaapmutske – Kertmutske Christmas Nightcap – 9% ABV
Brewed in Melle, East Flanders this Belgian Christmas beer pours a deep burgundy-brown topped with a robust head. While not a spiced beer, there are definite festive spice aromas which work deliciously well with fruity notes around its malt core. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! £2.75 a bottle.

Orkney Clootie Dumpling – 4.3%
Spicy, fruity and undoubtedly festive this  is a deep golden brew with moderate bitterness. £2.75 a bottle.

Delerium Christmas – 10% ABV
No, we’re not talking about the traditional Boxing Day hangover, although the label does promise pink elephants – and sledging ones at that! Hailing from Ghent, this Belgian brew combines malty, toasted aromas with fruity notes and an underlying bitterness with a dry finish. As big on flavour as it is alcohol content! £3.75 a bottle.

If that’s whet your appetite why not pop into the loft for a browse and a chat – we also have a range of locally brewed beers and special gift packs on offer alongside our enviable selection of great wines. Christmas shopping? Sorted.

The Wolseley Wine Loft at Wolseley Bridge, between Stafford and Rugeley, is open Thursday & Friday 12 noon- 7pm, Saturday 11am – 7pm and Sunday 11am – 4.30pm. Extended Christmas opening hours coming soon – watch this space!

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