Monthly Archives: December 2005

Tomato-based beer

Strange, but true: Tomato-based beer now on shelves. I’m not sure what to make of it. Yearlong efforts by a Niigata brewery and a Tokyo izakaya pub owner have finally borne fruit: Their tomato-based, low-malt beer is now on the shelves. Called Tomato Bibere, the reddish brew has a characteristic taste, combining the sweet flavor of a tomato with the bitter taste of hops. One tomato is used in the production of each 330-milliliter bottle. … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 11: Seriously Bad Elf

What, you think I’d let Seriously Bad Elf get by without being selected after I’d written about it? This beer’s a whopping 9% alcohol by volume, a "very English interpretation of a Belgian Tripel" according to the link. I can’t vouch for it, though—but I do like the bottle :). BeerAdvocate gives it a decent score of 85, but the approval rating is 87%—the lowest approval of the beers I’ve selected so far. So, your … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 10: Celebration Ale

I picked up a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale today and realized it would be an ideal pick for today’s beer. Sierra Nevada is one of America’s oldest and best craft breweries, and their beers prove it. Celebration Ale scores an outstanding 90 (out of a hundred) on BeerAdvocate with 99% approval. I always like it when the website offers suggested food pairings; Sierra Nevada’s is: With an ale as big as Celebration, you … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 9: Frambozen

Today I’ve picked New Belgium Brewing‘s Frambozen. It’s a tasty raspberry brown ale, with respectable strength (7% ABV) and delightful fruit flavor. It makes for a great holiday brew for people who don’t like overly heavy, dark, or strong beers. About this year’s vintage, New Belgium’s site says: Brewer Bill Hepp traveled to Oregon this year to oversee the selection and shipment process. He describes the first moment he experienced this year’s harvest. “The room … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 8: Weeping Radish Christmas Doppelbock

Today’s beer is not only a seasonal, it’s also the first 9% alcohol-by-volume beer brewed in North Carolina since the state raised it’s alcohol limit from 6% this year: Weeping Radish Brewery‘s Christmas Doppelbock. The BeerAdvocate reviews don’t really apply here, as they were for the previously 5.8% alcohol Doppelbock… but of that, it scored a commendable 84. You may not find this beer outside of the Eastern Seaboard, but you can order it online: … Continue reading →