Monthly Archives: December 2006

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 24 (Final): Sonora Festivus Ale

You thought I’d pick a beer with "Christmas" or something in the name for the final day, didn’t you? Faked you out! I went with Frank Costanza’s fictional holiday of Festivus because—well, why not? :) Sonoran Brewing Company in Arizona brews their Festivus Ale this time of year, an American IPA style at 5% alcohol. I believe they only serve it on tap at their brewpub in Phoenix, though, so you’ll have to make the … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 23: Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Today is my birthday (yay!), so I thought I’d be totally self-indulgent in my beer pick. This is not nominally a holiday-themed beer, but it’s a high-alcohol, special release ale from Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout. Stone is making some of the best American beer around, and I can’t think of a better birthday selection than a bottle of this. Or more than one… in various vintages, of course. Its BeerAdvocate score: 93/100, 100% approval—one … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 22: Solstice D’Hiver

To commemorate the winter solstice, I chose an appropriate beer: Solstice d’Hiver, from the Brasserie Dieu de Ciel brewpub in Montréal. In their own words: This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. It has a complex aroma of fruits, alcohol and hops. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops. This is an American-style barleywine … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 21: YuleSmith Holiday Ale

Today’s pick is YuleSmith Holiday Ale, brought to you by AleSmith Brewing. AleSmith actually makes two versions of this beer: one in winter, and one in summer (strangely enough). Of their winter version, they say: For the winter season, YuleSmith is brewed as an Imperial Red Ale. This version is maltier, more balanced, and darker in color than the summer version. Although quite malty, big hop flavors and aromas are abundant making this an unforgettable … Continue reading →

Sled Wreck

This review is the follow-up to my Tumble Off Pale Ale review from the other day, this time for the other beer my (Super! Good!) friend Kina sent me: Sled Wreck. This is Barley Brown’s seasonal barleywine, at somewhere between 10 and 11% alcohol, I believe—not a beer to drink in quantity. It’s also Kina’s new favorite beer so there’s no pressure or bias here. :) Appearance: Murky brown, the color reminding me of Lipton’s … Continue reading →