Thursday, 19 November 2015

Gifts for those awkward men … and women

It’s that time of year, the time when the shops put up decorations and display their Christmas gifts. It’s not only a reminder of the impending holidays but also the agony that some of us face choosing the perfect gift for our loved ones.
The awkward middle aged man who is non-committal about what they want for Christmas is one of the most difficult challenges. Fortunately, very few men refuse a beer related gift and that is where Haresfoot Brewery can help.
To start with we have our very popular 3-bottle and 6-bottle gift packs. Great stocking fillers and with 6 of our beers in bottle there are now some 280,000 permutations for the 6-bottle gift pack – but we recommend one of each beer. For variety consider the Haresfoot Hamper, which includes a selection of beers and local produce. Plus we have Haresfoot branded hoodies, T-shirts and tea towels, and hare related Xmas cards. Alternatively how about a gift voucher for one of our brewery tours, beer & food pairing evenings or brew day experience.
To celebrate Christmas we have created two special beers. Old Tiney is our plum porter – this robust porter has a deep dark and well-rounded richness created by dark crystal malt and roasted barley with an undertone of natural plum balanced by First Gold and Goldings hops. The 4.8% ABV and sweet richness of Old Tiney is proving to be particularly popular with our female customers. Our beer names always have a local connection and Old Tiney is the name of one of William Cowper’s tamed house hares. “Old Tiney, surliest of his kind, Who, nursed with tender care, And to domestic bounds confined, Was still a wild jack-hare”. Cowper, the great English poet, was born in Berkhamsted in 1731 and lived in the rectory before being buried at St Peter’s church.
We also have a special limited edition beer under our White Label brand. This seasonal ale is infused with cinnamon, cloves and orange peel to offer the wonderful taste of Christmas and truly captures the Festive Spirit. This beer will be available on draft or to carry out in limited (numbered) 1L glass growlers. At 5% ABV, this unique ale will help sustain the Festive Spirit over the holiday period.

To kick off the holidays and show thanks to our customers we have a tasting session on Saturday 5 December when visitors to the brewery can help themselves to free samples of all our beers. On Friday 18 December we have carols in the brewery – a free event with mince pies and more beer samples. If we don’t see you in the brewery, come and say hello to us at the Berkhamsted Festival of Light.

Happy Holidays

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