As we all know, Christmas is a time for enjoying ourselves. It’s an indulgent, and by far our favourite, season. Afterall, is there a better feeling than cosying up in your local pub next to a roaring fire, eating complementary mince pies with a pint of suitably festive beer?
For us, that sounds just perfect. With this in mind, our brewers got to work and decided a brand new Ramsbury Christmas brew was definitely needed this December. We wanted it to taste like a true fireside companion, a winter warmer. Elf Sufficient, which takes its name from the fact that here at Ramsbury we try be as SELF sufficient as possible. We grow our own barley, we use water from our own bore hole and we heat our boilers with wood from our own sustainable forests.
Moving on to the most important bit though, the beer itself. Using a combination of crystal, black, pale and chocolate malt, Styrian Wolf hops and cranberries, to give a deep red hue, Elf Sufficient is just the deliciously rich, winter warmer we were hoping it would be. To taste, it has notes of the classic fruit and nut chocolate bar, coupled with a mild bitterness for a festive, but real ale quality.
This one won’t be bottled or canned, it’s reserved for being a draft beer because really that’s the best way to enjoy it over Christmas! It is available however, for you to buy in our new 9 pint mini kegs which are rather nice to open and share with the family over Christmas lunch! Or if you’re having a larger pre-Christmas party (if you’re very organised you may even be thinking about New Year’s…) then we can fill up our 18 pint minipins or 36 pint polypins with this delicious 4.1% Christmas beer which will be ready to drink, no need to wait for it to settle. These are available to order over on the ‘Our Beers’ page or if you’d prefer to call us you’re welcome to do that too!