Beery Advent Calendar #14

Sometimes, it seems a shame to open up a bottle.

After a day of good beer; Thornbridge Merrie, Dark Star Over The Moon, Brew Company Winter Warrior, Thornbridge Jaipur, Crown Brooklyn Heights, Matuska Black Rocket.

Orval. But, strictly speaking, someone else opened that.

Mikkeller Jackie Brown. OK, I opened that. Get over it.

There was better, lurking in my 'sun room', henceforward known at this time of year as the 'perfect place to condition beer in the winter' room.

Tonight's bottle: award winner of the worst label and best-ever introduction of vanilla into an imperial stout: Evil Twin Soft Dookie.

Tonight's gift: Our Man Gav's column in the York Press

Tonight's picture: My Evil Twin: by far the best rock band you've never heard of. Memories of Rock City, Nottingham. Love/Hate, snakebite & black: welcome to my early Nineties