You've got me wanting to go down to the bar and get a Sam Adams Winter Lager right now.Fortunately, there's a bar below my apartment.I was in Boston a few weeks ago and there was a Harpoon Winter Warmer or something that was excellent.But the best Christmas-time beer in the world can only be had in the UK, and that's Young's Christmas PuddingI'd kill for a bottle of that right now.
Chianti. And fava beans if you've got them.
I've never seen it in the States; I usually go to London for Thanksgiving and bring back 6-12 for myself and some friends, but didn't make it this year ... I've had liquor stores try to import it for me, but they have never been able to. It's made in very limited quantities.I didn't go to the bar downstairs, but I did go to the store and buy a 6 pack of Sam Adams and a 4 pack of Samuel Smith's Winter and I'm 2 in now and showing no signs of stopping I blame it all on you.
QuoteI just checked... they have three other Young's, but not the Christmas Pudding. SadIf they have it, check out the Youngs Winter Warmer, which is also very good.Sometime I'll start a thread with my tips on a trip to London, but note this one now:If you are ever in London, get to Wandsworth and do the tour of the Youngs brewery. Absolutely awesome. They still brew everything on site there, and the tour is very hands on. You actually wind up basically sticking your head in some of the vats of beer they are brewing, walking through the entire facility, etc. They actually deliver some beer to their pubs via horse still, and you go through and check out their stables as well. (Their horses are used mostly for shows & marketing now)...It's about 20 minutes outside of Central London, very affordable, and ends with a free pint. People go on tours of Guiness in Dublin, which is super corporate and controlled ... this Youngs tour is the real deal, and is one of the best kept secrets in London.
I just checked... they have three other Young's, but not the Christmas Pudding. Sad
PS: That bar has Samuel Smith's Winter Warmer. Excellent beer -- check it out next time you go.