How many times have you bought a polystyrene cup of mulled wine (or Glühwein) to warm yourself up, tasted it, and thought “meh”? You’ll never have to feel that way again if you stick to Glühkriek – yes, it’s hot mulled beer.
Everyone knows Kriek (cherry beer) is the third best beer in the world, but when it’s heated in a saucepan it’s in a whole new league.
Brewed by Liefmans, this 6% Belgian beauty comes in green paper-wrapped 750ml bottles. The ceremony is almost as good as the taste – pour the beer into a saucepan and heat gently until it simmers. Your kitchen will have a nice Christmassy aroma as your hob gets to work.
Remember to drink it while it’s hot, as like mulled wine it loses its power as it cools.
The only reason it didn’t make my top ten beers back in March 2013 is that it’s so hard to find I’ve only actually tried it twice.
I’m going to Bruges in November, and am looking forward to sipping a steaming glass of Glühkriek just as much as I’m looking forward to climbing the Belfry or cruising the canals.
Will it be served on draught out there, or available from those slow cookers full of mulled wine you see in UK bars? I doubt it, so I’ll have to hope the best off-licence in the world – Beer Gonzo (conveniently located just down the road from my house in Coventry) – stocks up.