Hogs Back Brewery has extended its line-up of beers for Christmas with the launch of Yule Hog, a new 3.8% ABV seasonal session ale.
The new cask ale joins established Hogs Back festive favourites Advent Ale and Mistletoe & Swine on the Surrey brewer’s calendar for December.
At just 3.8% ABV, Yule Hog is lower strength than most Christmas beers but still packs a powerful flavour punch. A red rye beer, it has a malty flavour and smooth character, with spicy notes and a hoppy finish, making it the perfect easy-drinking festive ale.
Rupert Thompson, managing director of Hogs Back Brewery, said: “Both Advent Ale and Mistletoe & Swine are great examples of classic Christmas ales. However, there is definitely a gap in the market for a lower-ABV seasonal ale as part of the festive line-up of beers on the bar.
“We’ve seen a strong increase in the popularity of session ales as part of our seasonal calendar this year. For example Biker, our 3.4% ABV golden summer beer brewed to celebrate the Farnham Bike Ride, was a great success.
“With Yule Hog, we wanted to create a festive session beer with plenty of flavour, allowing Santa to enjoy a great pint and still steer his sleigh safely back to the North Pole.”
Tasting notes from Hogs Back Brewery
Advent Ale is a ruby coloured, 4.4% ABV ale with a refreshing fruity nose, a sweet liquorice and roasted malt flavour and rich dark chocolate aftertaste. Ideal served with a slice of rich Christmas cake.
Mistletoe & Swine
Mistletoe & Swine, at 5.2% ABV, is a full-bodied, deep amber ale with subtle hints of sultana, peppery ginger, warm cinnamon and orange zest. Made with a mulling recipe for a real Christmas taste and feel, it goes well with mince pies or a classic cheese board.
Yule Hog is a 3.8% ABV red rye beer. It has a malty flavour and smooth character, with spicy notes and a hoppy finish. Yule Hog is great served with a seasonal buffet including vol-au-vents, pigs in blankets and smoked salmon.