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Mini-Cask Club – December 2021: Hoppy Holly Days & Avalanche!


Mini-cask with Hoppy Holly Daze and Fyne Ales branding next to the cask pumpclip of the same beer.

With less than fifty days to go until Christmas, it’s about time we announce this year’s seasonal cask special and our Mini-Cask Club Discovery brew for December – say a big festive hello-ho-ho to Hoppy Holly Daze!


Holly Daze has been our annual seasonal special for a number of years now – a  Christmas beer that avoids the trappings of festive fruit additions and mulling spices in favour of just a full-flavoured warming, amber brew designed for drinking in pints throughout the dark December evenings – and this year we’ve taken it even further with a new twist on our classic recipe.

Hoppy Holly Daze is a 4.7% American Amber Ale – we’ve significantly upped the hop content using some of our favourite US varieties for a more punchy take on the traditional version of the brew.

“I don’t think it’s a secret that we love big, bold hoppy flavours” shares Fyne Ales Head Brewer, Malcolm Downie. “With Holly Daze having been unchanged for nearly a decade we thought it was about time for a fresh take on the old favourite and I’m excited about this new interpretation – to those who’ve had it before, it’s a supercharged version of the beer you know and love and it’s definitely still not Christmassy.”

Pouring dusky amber, Hoppy Holly Daze features Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo, Chinook, Azacca and Columbus – a real bounty of fruity, West-Coast leaning hops that combine to offer zesty citrus and pine notes on top of a smooth, medium body with touch of caramel sweetness and a gentle toastiness.

Hoppy Holly Daze will be sent to Mini-Cask Club Discovery members first in the second week of December alongside a mini-cask of our year-round thirst-quenching pale ale, Avalanche! Mini-Cask Club members, along with ten-litres of cask beer each month receive:

  1. Permanent 10% off online shop orders & Brewery Tap purchases.
  2. First access to ALL new releases on the online shop & FyneFest 2022 tickets.
  3. A prize-draw for an extra case of beer each month for one lucky member.
  4. A free gift or snack in every other month’s mini-cask delivery!

All this for just £45 a month – plus, the next 25 people who sign-up to Mini-Cask Club for December deliveries will also get a free MCC logo pint glass!

Pint glass with Mini-Cask Club logo in the foreground and mini-casks in the background.


To be the first to try Foundations and get yourself all the other lovely perks, all you need to do is:

  1. Sign up.
  2. Pay £45 on 1st December (including delivery, saving over 15% vs retail).
  3. Get 10-litres of fresh cask beer delivered by 10th December at the latest .
  4. Enjoy fresh cask beer at home.


Cheers for reading – be sure to stay tuned for social media for updates on November Mini-Cask Club!

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