The saying goes “Eat, Drink and be Merry”, so despite the new restrictions we plan on doing just that! Christmas is well underway and the team at Millennium Point is back with another list of awesome ideas to make your Christmas that little bit more Brummie! As always, businesses listed are in no particular order and are by no means the only Brummie independents on offer, a quick google will show you loads more or you can check out sites like Independent Birmingham or Birmingham Updates who have their own lists of independents. Here are 3 ideas for Christmas Treats that Support Local Brummie businesses!
Wine & Cheese
There are very few things in life that are better than cheese, and having a cheese board is the staple for many of us at Christmas time. Add wine into the mix and it’s pretty much what dreams are made of, with both components bursting with their own unique flavours which pair with each other surprisingly well. With that in mind, Arch 13 at Connolly’s Wine, Jewellery Quarter, is a wine bar and retail experience which showcases unique wines, great cheese and meat platters and pairings between the two. Right now, they are offering some excellent Christmas cheese boards which include locally sourced chutney. It also goes without saying that they have an abundance of sensational wine to keep your Christmas merry. Check them out here.
Locally Brewed Festive Beers & Beer Crackers
Birmingham is a hotbed for micro-breweries with around 15 of them in operation from the the crisp IPAs of Indian Brewery Company, the funky ice cream flavours of Burning Soul, or the zany and totally vegan Rock & Roll Brewhouse. With the ongoing measures a lot of these places are now doing an array of home deliveries of their choice favourites alongside gifts, merchandise and more. For the ultimate festive vibes however, we wanted to talk about Backyard Brewhouse and their selection of seasonal thirst quenchers. Bad Santa, Kris Kringle and Sanity Claus have all been specially brewed for the season. Bad Santa (6.8%) is a full bodied, tawny special bitter. Sanity Claus (5%) is a double dry hopped beer with a light sweet note. Amber in hue, it has a blend of hops like Mosaic and Citra to create a big tropical flavour. Our festive favourite however, is Kris Kringle (4.3%) for both look and taste. Light red in colour, Kris Kringle is a full bodied golden ale with a delicate blend of spice and orange giving you that warm and cosy festive feeling. Backyard Brewhouse also stock beer crackers, with a mystery bottle of beer in each cracker! These are great stocking fillers or could even replace the traditional crackers on the dinner table.
Hand Crafted Christmas Cupcakes
It’s a fact that calories don’t count at Christmas time, and even if they did, any guilt can be instantly nulled by the phrase “Oh go on then, it IS Christmas”. For a mouthwatering festive treat look no further than the Christmas Cupcakes from Kiss Me Cupcakes. This local cake studio in West Heath, is everything we love in an indepentent – ethically sourced ingredients, creative in their artistry and products made with passion. Now you can celebrate the magic of Christmas with a festive selection of cupcakes decorated with adorable reindeer, holly and robins in 4 four flavours. That’s not all they do, with a variety of other festive treats to enjoy alongside the cupcakes such as Christmas Tree Brownies. These are handmade in their cake studio and delivered directly to your door.
There you have it! While Christmas is a little different this year, there is no better excuse than to enjoy it as much as possible and feel good doing it knowing that you are helping small businesses have a Christmas too! Share your top picks for festive treats from local Brummies over on social media and tag in @millenniumpoint.
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