Given the fairly expensive option of the To-Øl calendar and the various multi-brewery versions that would no doubt have a bunch of bottles that I wouldn’t enjoy, I decided to get my creative hat on (not literally) and make my own. Sure, it’s not in a fancy box with perforated circular windows, but they’re all beers I have a extremely decent chance of enjoying.
So, the first beer that was destined to be Day 1 was Hold Your Plums – a sour made with plums, damsons and rose petals by Mad Hatter Brewing in Liverpool. I can’t tell you what it was like, however, because it ended up in the sink. I’m guessing there was some kind of infection and I’m going to contact Mad Hatter to ask if anyone else had the same problem. In need of a replacement, I went back to the stash and found another Mad Hatter beer in the form of Marmalade Cake, so I’ll tell you about that instead.
If you really look for it, you can pick up some orange in the aroma. It’s mainly a sweet spiciness. It’s much more marmaladey in the taste, with a rich mouthfeel and lasting orange bitterness. It’s a pretty big IPA at 6.8% and I liked it, but I expected a lot more orange.