Ed and Catherine Byram came over for Christmas dinner (Turduken, mmmmm yummy). We arm wrestled the two of them into doing a taste-tasting for our series The Twelve Beers of Christmas. Ed chose Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery in the UK (I’ll bet it was the label that got him!). Just a note: Catherine does not drink beer, so it was brave of her to try a strong, rich ruby beer best served with meaty dishes. A good choice, Ed; the Turducken is triple meat so bring on the Hobgoblin!
Catherine: “I’m not much of a beer drinker but Hob Knobbing sounds fun.”
Ed (takes a sip and pauses for a moment): “Effervescent… slightly sweet with a mild fruity character.”
Catherine: “Wow, Ed, big words!”
Ed: “I like this beer. It’s a bit hoppy and it hangs on your tongue, but it’s surprisingly not bitter.”
Catherine: “It is bubbly, I’ll give it that, but I think I’ll be sticking to Root Beer!”
Ed: “If you’re not going to drink your sample Catherine, I’ll take it!”
Following which, copious amounts of stuffed turducken, potatoes and brussel sprouts were happily consumed by all.