Dock Street Walker (7.2% ABV) is an American Pale Stout, brewed with substantial amounts of malted wheat, oats, and flaked barley for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Fuggle hops provide delicate, earthy notes, while the cranberries create a sinister, bloody hue, and a slight tartness. The pre-sparge-brain-addition provides this beer with intriguing, subtle smoke notes. In true walker fashion, don't be surprised if its head doesn't hang around forever.
Escaping from the historical re-enactment area of the drinks cabinet, this alcoholic honey brew is crossing into the mainstream. It sweetens a warming toddy-style mix of calvados and cider at Reverend JW Simpson in Fitzrovia, and – the surest sign that it's becoming cool – an artisan producer has started making it in a London flat. Get yourself a bottle of Gosnell's London Mead for a Christmas tipple with a difference.