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Vegan Beer Christmas Gift Ideas

Vegan Beer Christmas Gift Ideas

Written by Oliver Coningham on 27 November 2017 in Seasonal Drinks, Vegan Beer

With the evenings now much darker and the mornings colder, the feeling of Christmas getting closer and closer is palpable. Shop windows bursting with festive paraphernalia where shimmering baubles hang from snow covered trees and model trains whizz around beneath. The stars in the night sky complemented by their celestial counterparts on the ground; brightly coloured, flickering lights adorn windows, doors and gardens.

As the days count down it's time to start writing your Christmas list or perhaps think about what to get your partner, family member or friend as a gift this year.

It can be difficult to buy beer as a present or have it bought for you when the lack of clear vegan labelling can make shopping quite a challenge. Thankfully below is a list of some of the finest vegan beer Christmas gifts available.

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What beer to drink in spring

What beer to drink in spring

Written by Oliver Coningham on 26 April 2015 in Seasonal Drinks

Spring is a transitional time of year and heralds the end of a cold winter. Along comes the hope of warmer and lighter days as the sun rises earlier and sets later. It's the time to come out of hibernation and embark on new endeavours with a zest for life.

To some it may seem an odd concept to change what we drink depending on the season, but take a moment to acknowledge how you already change your diet as you eat seasonally. You may be starting to replace the abundant brassicas and roots of winter with fresher vegetables including spring greens, salads and new potatoes.

The drinks to look out for are those that reflect everything we sense around us at this time of year.

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Beers for vegan picnics and BBQs

Beers for vegan picnics and BBQs

Written by Oliver Coningham on 25 April 2015 in Seasonal Drinks

Summer brings bountiful sunshine, long days and warm evenings. The garden furniture comes out of its relegation to the shed or garage, ready to be at the helm of many social occasions. The majority of our outdoor living at this time of year involves the consumption of food; whether freshly cooked on a BBQ, or a picnic prepared in advance. To accompany our summer gatherings with friends and family, we long for light, crisp and refreshing drinks - those that will quench our thirst in the heat and can be enjoyed without the fear of heady consequences the morning after.

Our fridges come into their own at this time of year; the quintessential summer drink has to be a cold glass of lager - light straw in colour with a refreshing crisp and slightly bitter taste, perfectly suited to summer salads and barbecues where other more intense beers can overwhelm the softer flavours. The word 'lager' originates from the German lagern which means to store. This refers to the longer maturation and conditioning that lagers receive which separates them from ale. Sadly this process is often missing from some of the mass produced lagers that have become synonymous with the name, leading to their reputation of being bland, yellow fizz. Look beyond this assumption and you will find a style that is both complex and diverse.

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