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7th September 2023

Festive Beers From Simple Things

Glasgow brewery Simple Things Fermentations are delighted, excited and as proud as Rudolph after a long night’s sleigh-pulling to announce their beer release schedule for the winter and Christmas season 2023.

Topping the tree is this year’s iteration of Belgian Christmas Ale; rich, full-flavoured and laden with dried fruit notes courtesy of a grist that includes Maris Otter, Vienna and Melanoidin malts. At 6.5% it’s lighter in ABV than previous versions, and it’s lighter in colour too, pouring an inviting – and seasonal – dark, ruby red. As ever, the beer is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain, adding to the fruit-spice mix and continuing a now-anticipated series Simple Things began in their first year of brewing.

At 2.0% ABV, STF’s Lemonale is a brand new beer that offers a moderate alternative to the usual excesses of the party season. Styled as a ‘winter radler’, fresh lemon juice and zest give a juicy, thirst-quenching edge to a classic British Bitter brewed with Maris Otter and Crystal malts and East Kent Goldings hops; essentially a craft bitter shandy minus the sugar-sweetness. A very tasty low-alc choice and the perfect counterpoint to the indulgent delights from the stronger end of the Christmas dinks spectrum.

Appearing alongside Belgian Christmas and Lemonale are a range of beers designed to lift spirits and warm hearts as we progress into winter and towards the Big Day, including Honey Tripel (8.4%), brewed with Manuka honey from New Zealand; STF’s first Barley Wine (9.0%); a re-brew of last year’s very popular British Strong Ale (8.2%) and a mixed-ferm Barrel-Aged Stout matured for 18 months in whisky casks (ABV TBC).

The planned release schedule is as follows:    
9th October         Honey Tripel

16th October        Belgian Christmas Ale + Lemonale

30th October

27th November


Barley Wine

British Strong Ale + Barrel Aged Stout

STF’s owner and founder Phil Sisson commented “As a brewery we’re always looking to promote the less well represented styles and winter’s a great time of year to explore and celebrate stronger, malt-forward ales. Beer’s a broad church and, while I’ve no doubt we’ll sell plenty of pale ale and lager over the next few weeks, it’s always a pleasure to see things like Tripel, British Strong Ale and – hopefully – our new 2% bitter flying out of the door”.

All beers are naturally carbonated and available through the Simple Things web store

(, independent bottle shops and pubs, bars and restaurants across the UK.


Established in late 2019, Simple Things Fermentations is a small brewery based in Glasgow’s Southside. The brewery seeks to celebrate variety in beer and brewing, shining a light into some of the lesser explored niches, and uses traditional, low intervention processes while maintaining the highest product quality. All beers are naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in can, bottle, keg and cask.


Phil Sisson
0141 237 2202 or 07980 552425 /STFermentations

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