Hill Island St Oswalds Xmas Ale
That's right, I'm bigging up the local beers this year. Hill Island are one of the slightly newer breweries on the North East scene, but it was only recently that I discovered this Durham based micro. The beer itself, like many other Hill Island beers is simple, well composed and sessionable.
At this point in the post many bloggers may have lost interest. Mainly because the beer is 1; brown 2; orthodox 3; just 4.2%. This is true, but it's also delicious. This beer offers a depth of husky, wholesome chocolate malt grain over dark fruit and toffee. The aftertaste is horlicks and malt chocolate. It sure does go down easy, and after a hard days work it sure is the beer for the moment.