Pete loves Bath Ales' beers. You may have seen his brewery tour-at-home blog post over at his new blog, or when it was originally posted, here.
But I'm not much of a beer drinker at all. For me it's all about the cute Bath Ales hare logo and the friendly Bath Ales team. I've interacted with them on twitter for ages, and finally met some of them in person when we visited Bath this summer.
And the food; it's always about the food. (Remember our visit to the Bath Ales Graze Bar & Chophouse, in Bristol?)
So when I heard tell of a range of food products making use of Bath Ales beers, I perked up. More meerkat than hare, admittedly, but definitely perky!
Bath Ales have put together a seasonal gift hamper including a bottle of Festivity (their winter porter), a pint glass and keyring (both with that lovely hare logo), a jar of Castellano's Dark Side pâté, a jar of Kitchen Garden's Barnstormer chutney, some Sharpham Park spelt and oat biscuits and a bar of Gem beer soap. A hamper cost £24.95 + £6 delivery (£5 for Bristol and Bath postcodes).
I was sent a hamper to review, and a weekend visit to a friend's seemed the perfect opportunity to delve in.
The Festivity porter disappeared very quickly indeed, though all is not lost as last week, I ordered 30 bottles from Waitrose, who are currently selling Bath Ales beers for a stonkingly good 3 for £5 special offer. Different branches stock different beers from the Bath Ales range, so I had to phone around to find a convenient branch for the Festivity but given the delight on Pete's face, it was definitely worth the effort!
The Castellano's Dark Side pâté didn't wow. There was nothing wrong with the flavour, though we all found it bland with no hint of beer. But the main problem was that it was dry.
The Kitchen Garden's Barnstormer chutney, on the other hand, was absolutely wonderful. In just 2 lunches, the three of us pretty much polished it off! I'd definitely buy this chutney again, and am certainly tempted to try others from their range.
The good news is that Bath Ales have offered a second hamper as a competition prize for one lucky Kavey Eats reader. The prize includes delivery within the UK and will be sent out after the competition closes, in January.
How to enter
You can enter the competition in 2 ways.
Entry 1 – Sign up to the Bath Ales newsletter
Sign up to the Bath Ales monthly newsletter, by emailing your First Name, Last Name and Email address to me at Kavey Eats. I will pass these along to Bath Ales once the competition closes.
The newsletter is full of information about their ales, brewery and pubs and also includes subscriber-only offers and competitions. Bath Ales never pass subscriber details on to any other company and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Please complete your entry by leaving a comment below, including the email address you emailed me from.
Entry 2 – Tweet
Tweet the (exact) sentence below:
I'd love to win the @bathales Festivity Seasonal Hamper from www.kaveyeats.com #kaveyeatsfestivityhamper
Please complete your entry by leaving a comment below, including your twitter ID.
Rules & Details
- The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Saturday 31 December 2011.
- The winner will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
- One entry per method per person.
- The prize cannot be redeemed for cash.
- The prize includes delivery, and can be delivered to UK mainland addresses only.
- The prize is offered and will be delivered directly by Bath Ales.
- The winner will be notified by email or twitter and asked to provide a delivery address. If no response is received by the end of Saturday 7 January 2012, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.
Thanks to Bath Ales for allowing me to preview their seasonal hamper and for providing this lovely prize.