Hogs Back Brewery lets the Yule Hog loose for Christmas

9th November 2017

Hogs Back Brewery is offering pubs and bars a Christmas bonus 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, Yule Hog 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."

The seasonal cask ale range from Hogs Back Brewery includes three ales, all freely available to pubs and bars:

  • 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, at 5.2%, 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% 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.  

     Caption: Hogs Back Brewery's festive line up: Advent Ale, new Yule Hog and Mistletoe & Swine

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