Advent Beer Calendar: Day 24 (Final!): Samichlaus

Well, for the final day on the Advent Calendar, it’s Samichlaus, of course! "Samichlaus" means Santa Claus, so I can’t think of a better beer for our final day and for Christmas Eve. I’ve written about it before, so it’s no surprise I think highly of this beer. In general, … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 23: Gritty McDuff’s Christmas Ale

I picked today’s beer simply because I liked the name: Gritty McDuff’s Christmas Ale. I don’t really know much else about it, but the website says: Our Christmas Ale is a robust E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) full of holiday cheer. Christmas Ale has a lovely, dark red/amber color and a … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 22: Holiday Spice Lager

Today’s beer is Holiday Spice Lager from Lakefront Brewery in Wisconsin. You don’t see too many lagers as holiday beers (or at least, I haven’t come across many while doing this), especially one as potent as this: brewed with honey, oranges and spices, it weighs in at an astounding 9.5% … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 21: Old Jubilation Ale

Today’s nod goes to Old Jubilation Ale from Avery Brewing Company in Colorado. It’s a big beer; at 8% alcohol by volume, the site says it’s "cellarable" for two years. My kind of beer! Sounds like a winner, too: the website describes "a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 20: Boulevard Nutcracker Ale

Sorry for the late post! Since it’s late, it’ll be a shorter one, too. Today I picked Boulevard Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. It looks to be a medium-amber winter warmer, at 6.1% alcohol. Their website says it’s a "classic winter ale, deep amber in … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 19: La Choulette de Noël

I picked today’s beer based on a glowing review by Alan of A Good Beer Blog: La Choulette De Noël. However, this won’t be a beer for the faint of heart, I think; Alan writes: Dark copper ale under an off-white creamy rich head. The aroma is horse blanket which … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 18: Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale

Back to America again with today’s beer, Anderson Valley‘s Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale. I’ve enjoyed Anderson Valley’s beer in the past (they brew a good amber), but haven’t had this one. They say: Luscious, creamy, smooth, and warming, this medium bodied ale is brewed with Caramel and crystal malts to … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 17: Mahr’s Christmas Bock

I didn’t realize until today that I hadn’t included any German beers on the Beer Advent Calendar… so I’ll rectify that now. Mahr‘s Christmas Bock is today’s selection. Based on the BeerAdvocate profile (the website is all German, with no English that I can find), this is a malty maibock … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 16: Santa’s Private Reserve

Today we have Santa’s Private Reserve from the incomparable Rogue Brewery here in Oregon. This beer is essentially a double-hopped St. Rogue Red, including "a mystery hop called Rudolph". But don’t let that fool you; if you find this beer, you’ll be in for a treat. It scores 87 on … Continue reading

Best beers in the world?

Kind of a provocative title… but that’s what Men’s Journal has published: Best Beers in the World. It’s a bold list; I don’t know about their categorization (Lagers & Pilsners, Ales & Bitters, Belgian Beers, Dark Beers and Summer Beers)—I’d be more inclined to rate based on actual style (best … Continue reading