KRAMPUS! Our Christmas Red...

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So we decided to make a Christmas ale and we wanted to make one that sums up Christmas in a glass and reflects the warm cuddly glow that the festive season gives to everyone. So I reached far back into my beer-misted memory and drew out some of the Christmas tales my Grandmother would tell me.. Now my Grandmother came from the darkest depths of Eastern Europe where traditional tales were held in high regard, root vegetables were often turned into eye watering alcoholic drinks and at a certain time of year boys are are allowed to whip girls with willow unless they give them painted eggs. One of the tales she told was of Krampus... Now I'm not a folklore historian (yet!), but it basically goes like this.. St Nick has a list of who's been good and who's been bad. He keeps the "good list" and starts making presents. But he gives the "bad list" to his demon chum Krampus. So on December 5th (Krampusnacht), he heads out and visits all the naughty boys and girls and gives them a good thrashing with bundles of birch twigs.. OUCH! He may also steal children, sit on them or make them watch X-Factor episodes on repeat. Either way, it's not advisable to be on his "bad list".

Shanthi Govender