In a follow up article to our Beer vs Wine & Food Matching evening I was asked by Sarah Banks, editor of local magazine The Colne Connection, what drinks I would recommend with Christmas dinner. I have to say it didn’t take me long to come up with a few ideas!
One of my favourite beers for Christmas Day is rather indulgent, Deus Brut Des Flanders, a beautiful Belgian Champagne Style Beer. It’s perfect with smoked salmon & scrambled eggs at breakfast. A dusty golden colour with a gentle fizz, served in a champagne glass and shared with family & friends, but definitely not with orange juice!
If you’re not brave enough for beer at breakfast save the Deus for your Christmas Dinner. After a chat with Bernie, we agreed we would both opt for something darker with our roast, a mild or a porter, with some rich roasted malt flavours to bring out the chestnuts, stuffing & roast meat. Opting for a local brew, I chose Red Fox Brewery’s Black Fox Porter with a lovely dry finish to cleanse your palate ensuring your ready for the next undoubtedly unnecessary mouthful.
Finally I picked the bottled version of Adnams Broadside, a dark brown ale with roasted malt and big fruity flavours. It’s a winner with Christmas pudding, the bitter hop finish is a great match with a cheeseboard and even if you don’t have room for either of those after dinner treats, it’s perfect with your slippers in front of the fire.
I’ll be driving on Christmas day, so sadly, Deus for breakfast won’t be on the cards for me this year… what will you be drinking?