As the festive season approaches we have been busy conjuring up this year’s Christmas special: Blitzen Stout 5.0%. Blitzen is a chocolate and ginger flavoured stout using chocolate malt and cocoa to give a rich bitter chocolate taste along with root ginger added to both the copper and fermenter to leave a spicy ginger kick sure to warm the senses on a cold winter’s night. On top of this we have not forgotten the hops this Christmas and have a few treats lined up. Firstly, on bars as Beer Matters hits the press is Chelan Blonde 3.9% showcasing a new variety of American hop Chelan with floral and citrus characteristics leading to a bitter finish. We were really pleased to pick up the 3rd place award in the strong bitters category at Sheffield beer festival for Nycto Black IPA. It was our first attempt at a Black IPA and we were really pleased with the results however there is always room for improvement. So Blue Bee Black IPA mark II: Into the Abyss 6.0% has a slightly different malt base and even more Columbus, Simcoe and Moteuka hops and who knows a few Citra hops in each cask. Blue Bee hopes everyone has a great Christmas and New Year, and remember, beer is for life not just for Christmas.