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12th November 2012

Master Brewer Recommends Beer & Food Pairings For Christmas

Tap into the expertise of a master brewer to match your Christmas menu with the perfect beer to impress your guests—

 Wine is a safe bet to serve with Christmas dinner, but what about those who fancy a change, don’t actually like wine, or would just rather have a beer? Alex Barlow, Master Brewer, consultant and presenter, with more than 25 years international brewing and retail trade experience has created a series of beer & food pairings in time for Christmas.


 Expert advice is available in the run up to Christmas from Master Brewer Alex Barlow. If you are serving something new on Christmas morning for a family brunch, are opting for another meat to the traditional turkey, or perhaps you’d like a beer to go with the Boxing Day buffet, put your questions to Alex Barlow and he’ll help you. Follow him on Twitter (@alexatallbeer and @allbeerfinder) and pose your questions there. You can also search for the perfect beer to suit your Christmas celebrations by visiting ALLBEER.CO.UK and searching the ALL BEER FINDER (the biggest, most comprehensive beer and food pairing website).


With a “Merry Christmas” toast and prawn/ smoked salmon starter:

Duvel or Scheider Weisse


To accompany roast turkey (or goose) with all the trimmings:

Purity Mad Goose or Budweiser Budvar


Slide down with Christmas Pudding:

Robinson’s Old Tom or Moor Old Freddy Walker


Not forgetting the cheeseboard:

Brie or Camembert – Moorhouses Blond Witch

Mature Cheddar – Worthington’s White Shield

Wensleydale with Cranberries – Timmermans Kriek

Blue Stilton or Shopshire Blue – Hobson’s Postman’s Knock


With Christmas cake:

Daas Ambre or Bank Top Santa’s Claws


With a Boxing Day turkey curry:

Thornbridge Jaipur or Brooklyn Lager




Notes to editors

The Christmas PR and 2013 re-launch of the ALL BEER website is being managed by Helen Lewis, food journalist, PR and consultant at food&drink towers. For media enquiries please contact or call +44 (0) 7904801669.


Please contact to discuss membership of the ALLBEER Finder (for brewers and distributors), or to discuss other related business opportunities. You can also connect on Twitter @alexatallbeer and @allbeerfinder.


Photography is available. Alex Barlow, Master Brewer and founder of ALL BEER, is available for interview and can provide editorial and comment.


More about ALL BEER:

ALL BEER, a highly respected online beer discovery and flavour resource, introduces a new range of gifts just in time for Christmas, fulfilled by the ever-reliable Amazon.


ALL carries a new range of gifts that you won’t find anywhere else…making them unique and novel gift choices for the ‘Brew Master’ in your life… and links to the ALL BEER Finder.


ALL BEER Finder is the most detailed online flavour resource for each of the nearly 1,000 beers entered, from the niche to the mainstream, whether Ale, Lager or Lambic (A.L.L.) beers in cask, keg, bottle or can. Created by Alex Barlow, Master Brewer, consultant and presenter with more than 25 years international brewing and retail trade experience.


During the past 12 months, an additional 290 beers have been added, representing 36 beer styles from brewers in 25 countries. Visitor numbers to have hit a record high at almost 50,000 hits per month, with a dramatic increase in people returning time and time again to search for the perfect beer for their barbeque, party or quiet night in.


Creating a beer hunters treasure trove – the new website will go live in early 2013

  • Unique features of will be more clearly displayed and easier to use in the new website, such as the empirical 1 – 7 Flavour intensity (Fi) rating, beer balance and food/nibbles pairings.


  • Foods may be used for searches and will be more clearly displayed, demonstrating the benefits of independent evaluation.
  • Users will be able to tailor initial results lists via range sliders, much like those on travel search websites. These features will ensure that search results pin-point those beers best suited to the users needs, while those who are more adventurous can select from wider pools of recommendation.


  • ABF Brewer members will be able to update what you want, when you want via a secure login facility enabling you to adjust brand information and images to reflect changes, such as pack format, URL, awards and stockists, as well as customer facilities at the brewery and links to your online store.


  • An extensive new range of gifts will be available to purchase online created by beer lovers for beer lovers.


About Alex Barlow

“My passion for beer started with my first job, as cellar-man at my local pub. I’ve over 25 years international brewing and retail trade experience. I’m a qualified Master Brewer working as a brewing consultant and presenter, sommelier and beer judge and am author of the award winning ALL BEER Guide.