Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the Free Press
8:51 AM 21st November 2023

Black Sheep Brewery Wishes You Hoppy Holidays With Two Festive Beers

Yorkshire’s own Black Sheep Brewery has this month relaunched two of its most popular seasonal beers, just in time for festive drinking and gifting occasions.

Blitzen is a 4% Festive Ruby Ale which will provide beer lovers with all the comfort and joy they need this Christmas. Drinkers should expect notes of burnt orange, dark fruits and a touch of chocolate when enjoying this brew.

Packed with festive flavour, Blitzen has been brewed using Cascade and Goldings hops, which provide a subtle bitterness and a light fruit character, while the addition of orange peel and muscovado sugar add further complexity, leaving notes of citrus and a touch of caramel.

The Yorkshire brewery has also relaunched Snowflake. Brewed to cure the winter blues, this Winter Pale Ale has been brewed using American hops Willamette and Columbus. A pale malt base is lifted with powerful citrus fruit flavours, backed by more subtle floral, pepper and spice notes.

Snowflake is the perfect brew for hunkering down on these cold, dark nights – described as fruity, refreshing and easy-drinking.

Commenting on the launch, Dan Scott Paul, Head Brewer at Black Sheep Brewery, said:
“Nothing says Christmas like a festive pint and we’re thrilled to be relaunching both Blitzen and Snowflake, available to beer lovers across the UK no matter their location.

“As vital to Christmas as the reindeer, Blitzen is the best-seller in our seasonal range and has been described as ‘Christmas cake in a glass’. The perfect tipple for getting hoppy during the countdown to the big day.”

Both Blitzen and Snowflake are available for a limited period only during the autumn and winter months. Snowflake is now available on tap, as well as in a 500ml bottle for the first time ever on the brewery website. Blitzen is also available online in bottle, with both brews set to be served in over 93 pubs and bars across the country in the coming weeks.

Dan added:
“If Blitzen wasn’t enough, don your woolly hat and grab a pint of Snowflake. A deliciously refreshing pint, Snowflake pairs brilliantly with a fish supper and for those not in the festive mood, can prove the ultimate beer for getting through the winter blues. Both beers sold out last year due to popular demand, so we highly recommend pubs get as much stock in as possible in a bid to drive footfall over the busy Christmas period.”

Black Sheep Brewery has released a breadth of new products in recent months. This includes the Hazy Pale Ale Side Quest in September, it’s first craft beer, symbolising a new era for the Yorkshire brewery.

Alongside Blitzen and Snowflake, Black Sheep Brewery’s entire Christmas gifting range is now available to order online.

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