FOOD AND BEER PAIRINGS FROM BADGER ALES FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

This festive season, why not try matching your Christmas feasting with a range of Badger beers? Impress this Christmas with inspired beer pairings for every festive foodie course - with flavours from fruity to floral, spiced to sweet, Badger Ales will ensure Christmas is very merry this year.

There’s nothing better than starting your Christmas Day with a smoked salmon starter and Badger’s subtle elderflower aromas perfectly complement this festive favourite. The crisp and fruity ale is a divine all-rounder that pairs wonderfully with smoky flavours, just like the salmon in this Christmas classic combo.

As you move onto the star attraction of Christmas dinner - the turkey, - refresh yourself and your guests with a light golden , which complements all the elements of your traditional roast dinner beautifully, thanks to the citrusy hops which cut through the rich flavours of Christmas Day!

A deliciously fruity Christmas pudding deserves to be paired with an equally delicious and equally fruity beer and will tick all those boxes, adding a softly spiced sweetness with bonus liquorice notes to the penultimate course.

For the ideal end to the perfect festive day, why not pair a with a wonderful selection of cheeses? With aromas of ginger spice and toffee, is a flawless match with an equally flavour packed cheese like Red Leicester or spicy cheeses with added chilli or peppercorns.

With Badger Ales, there’s even a beer to cheer in the New Year – the Limited Edition 2016 Sturminster Beast! With rich, dark malt notes and a coffee and chocolate flavour, serve the Sturminster Beast in champagne flutes and eat with rich dark chocolate for a celebratory feel.

Badger Ales don’t just pair wonderfully with all the different elements of Christmas dinner, they can be the secret ingredient to the meal too. We’ve got a brilliant recipe for Tanglefoot gravy to set your Christmas turkey off perfectly.

Tanglefoot gravy

Serves 4

2 large onions, thinly sliced

6 thyme sprigs

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp dark brown soft sugar

2 tbsp plain flour

200ml Badger Tanglefoot Ale

1 beef stock cube

1 tsp light soy sauce

a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce

1.    Cook the onions with the thyme sprigs and 150ml water with a lid on for 10 minutes until softened, adding more water if needed. Remove the lid, add the oil and sugar and over a low to medium heat cook for 15 minutes until caramelised, stirring occasionally.

2.    Add the flour and cook for 30 seconds before gradually stirring in Badger Tanglefoot beer followed by the beef stock cube, soy, Worcestershire sauce and 200ml water. Simmer for 10 minutes, and remove the thyme stalks.

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·      Badger Ales have been brewed in the heart of the Dorset countryside since 1777 by independent brewers Hall & Woodhouse. As one of the leading independent brewers in the UK, Hall & Woodhouse is well known for its range of award-winning ales brewed under the Badger brand and its network of public houses throughout the South of England. The brewery is now managed by the seventh generation of the Woodhouse family.

·      Badger Ales retail at £1.99 RRP per bottle, but prices may vary in supermarkets.

·      For more information about Badger, please go to www.badgerales.com

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