Monthly Archives: December 2006

2006 trends in beer

As befitting a year-end type of post, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the beer trends that cropped up in 2006. One bellwether in this area seems to be when the megabreweries take notice and start releasing their own beers in response to these trends. Gluten-free beers I first noticed some gluten free beers in 2005, but with Anheuser-Busch’s announcement of a gluten free beer, I think this is one of … Continue reading →

My Samichlaus wasn’t good!

I opened up my 1996 bottle of Samichlaus the other night, and found that it had gone bad. Not horribly bad, mind you, but enough to be undrinkable. I tried, though, but after a few sips I just had to pour it out. I blame my storage—obviously I didn’t keep it stored well enough to last. Too much light and/or heat, probably. And it has moved with us over the years, at least three different … Continue reading →

Flying Dog’s beer naming contest

The Flying Dog Brewery in Denver, Colorado is running a contest to name their seasonal summer beer, which is going to be a Belgian white ale. They’re running the contest until January 19th and the prize is a trip to the 2007 Great American Beer Festival: Winners will be selected within one month of the contest deadline. Winners shall receive two round trip airline tickets to Denver to attend the Great American Beer Festival on … Continue reading →

50 beers to drink before you die, Part 6

A while back the BBC posted a feature titled “50 things to eat before you die” and I thought at the time that this would make a good topic for beer. So in the spirit of adventure and living life to the fullest, etc. etc., I’m coming up with the 50 beers to drink before you die, in ten weekly installments listing five beers each (in no particular order, other than whatever theme I fit … Continue reading →

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas all! I hope everybody got what they asked for and is having a good holiday. I’ll probably be mostly offline for the next couple of days (although I should have my latest 50 Beers to Drink post up on Wednesday)… in the meantime, I wanted to recap the 24 beers from this year’s Advent Beer Calendar: Anchor Christmas Ale Bison Gingerbread Ale Papa Noel’s Olde Ale Lump of Coal Stout Bah Humbug Doggie … Continue reading →