Cold Town Beer Has Just Launched A New Christmas Pudding Ale

Cold Town Beer (the Scottish Brewer) has just launched their brand new ‘drinkable Christmas pudding,’ – just in time for this year’s festive season.

Their brand new Christmas pudding ale, features mild marmalade notes, rich caramel, and raisin flavours, – with a soft, spicy finish.

According to the brand’s Founders, it tastes “just like Christmas pudding, except it’s a beer.” NOTE: Special B® Belgian malt is responsible for the deep brown colour and dark roasted aromas, which are complemented by Centennial’s earthy and ‘floral-hop’ character.

The latest launch from this young, quirky Scottish brewer is ABV 5.9% and vegan-friendly. It’s not the only festive offering either, as Cold Town Beer has just launched their nine-can Christmas Selection Box, too (which features three different flavoured beers: Christmas pudding, chocolate cake and Queen of puddings), – alongside their highly-coveted Cold Town merch. 

And for those looking for smaller stocking fillers, the team has also announced a three-pack craft beer stocking filler (which features one of each flavoured beer, – the perfect gift for the beer lovers in your life). Scotland has a deeply fascinating history when it comes to brewing, and Cold Town Beer wanted to pay homage to that.

Calton Hill Brewery in Edinburgh was the first brewery in Britain to create lager, way back in 1835. The small suburb that the brewery called it’s home, – earned the name Cauld Toon (as it sat directly in the cold shadow of Arthur’s Seat). Over time, this colloquially became Cal-ton. Carlton Hill could therefore be known as Cold Town Hill.

Cold Town Beer started their journey from extremely humble beginnings in early 2018, setting up a microbrewery inside an old, empty church on Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket.

It was a small start, but in no time at all, the brand was “brewing up” a storm. Their full range arrived after being tried, tested and reviewed by those who work closely with great liquids every single day. And after a few initial recipes and comments, the team finally settled on a brew that came to be known and loved, as their very own Cold Town Lager.

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As the brewery expanded, the team quickly realised that they were in dire need of an upgrade, so they expanded into their main base of operations on Dunedin Street, to allow them to supply a variety of bars and restaurants across the whole of Scotland.

And in early 2019, they transformed their first home into ‘Cold Town House,’ featuring an “evolved” version of their microbrewery, alongside some of the most iconic views of Edinburgh Castle, from underneath the castle rock. All of Cold Town’s brews begins their journey in bars, before being brought online (when the team feels as though they’ve received a seal of approval from their customers who drink them, and the bar teams who help to create them).

Cold Town Beer was Founded by the brand’s Head Brewer, Ed Evans. Ed Founded the business alongside Nic Wood, Louise Maclean and Euan Bain, all of whom come from a hospitality, food and drinks background.

Ed started his professional brewing career at Traditional Scottish Ales as their Quality Manager. Then, he moved to the Drygate Brewing Company in Glasgow, where he was Co-Head Brewer with Jake Griffin (who now runs Up-Front Brewing). Next up, he moved to Tennent’s at Wellpark (which gave him a great insight into the workings of larger breweries, and the techniques they use to maintain consistency).

“The craft beer market has become increasingly competitive in recent years, and it’s easy to get caught up trying to create the hoppiest, freshest, or tastiest product. Cold Town Beer was launched purely with the intention of making a really good beer that we love to create, and that our customers love to enjoy,” said Ed Evans.

Cold Town Beer is now available in more than 22 pubs, bars and restaurants in Scotland. Some of their cans were stocked in Aldi stores as part of the Scottish Beer Festival earlier on this year. Also, Cold Town Beer was named ‘Micro Brewery of the Year,’ at The Scottish Bar & Brew Awards in 2019.

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