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6th March 2018

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Real Ale, Real Mothers, Real Gifts

Are you struggling to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Then struggle no more!

We’ve been racking our brains here at the Brewery recently, trying to figure out what makes the perfect Mother’s day gift. Is it a mini-cask of award-winning real ale? Could it be a hamper made up of our famous beer foods and local produce? Or perhaps a brewery tour for the whole family?

Then it struck us… The only way to know what makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift is to ask a real mother! So that’s exactly what we did. James in Marketing invited his mum, Sue, to join us in the brewery shop and choose her own perfect Mother’s day gifts. Read the full story below, and find out what makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Upon entering the brewery shop, Sue told us how impressed she was with the range of gifts on offer – “This may take a little bit longer than I expected!”. By her own admission, Sue is not a beer drinker, thus making her the perfect ‘real mum’ to assess the range of gifts we have to offer.

That being said, she was drawn straight away to our Bodger’s Barley Wine. Upon learning that it recently won three stars at The Great Taste Awards, it went straight into her basket. “Top 5o in the country? Well I have to try that!” Being a big coffee fan, our Dark Coffee Imperial Stout also went into her basket.

As we moved into our ‘beer foods’ section, Sue picked out two items. The first being our famous Beer Cheese, with Sue telling us “I absolutely love cheese, and I’m always looking for something a bit different, so this is great!”. The other item Sue chose was a Kilner jar of ourĀ Hop Pickled Onions, although to be fair she has had these before – an easy choice! Pickled in the hops from our award-winning real ales, our Hop Pickled Onions are delightfully sweet and dangerously more-ish.

To finish, we took a look at the wide range of English wines, ciders and spirits on offer in the brewery shop. Despite the extensive choice, it didn’t take Sue long to find something she liked… “Foxdenton’s Raspberry Gin! This is a no-brainer for me.”

With that, Sue’s basket was complete. The finished basket contained Bodger’s Barley Wine, Dark Coffee Imperial Stout, a Kilner jar of Hop Pickled Onions, Chiltern Beer Cheese, and Foxdenton’s Raspberry Gin. The big question though… would it make a perfect Mother’s Day gift? Over to you, Sue…

“Yes, absolutely! I would be delighted to receive this as a present on Mother’s Day! Although every mum is different and wonderful in their own way, there is definitely something for everybody here. Thank you for having me!”

Well there we have it – no pressure, James! Now that we know what makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift, we would love to help you create the perfect gift for your mother too. Come and see us in the Brewery shop to see our wide range of gifts, and our friendly staff will be delighted to help you choose the perfect gift for your mum.