Monthly Archives: December 2005

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, though, you’ll either love it or hate it. When I wrote about this last year, the BeerAdvocate score was 88; now it’s dropped a point … 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 rich, full-bodied, malty taste with a slightly roasted undertone…. Gritty’s Christmas Ale has no additives, fruits or spices. It’s just a good honest ale, perfect … 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% alcohol by volume! The website says: This beer uses two pounds of honey per pound of malt in its brew, making it an exceptional fortified … 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 of mocha and toffee." And on BeerAdvocate, where it scores 87 with 99% approval, a number of reviews mention toffee, hazelnuts, coffee, sweet fruits, and … 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 color, with hints of molasses." BeerAdvocate rates it at a solid 85 (out of 100), with 100% approval. Sounds good to me! (Anyone want to … Continue reading →