50 beers to drink before you die, Part 4

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 … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 13: Samichlaus

What is there to say about Samichlaus Bier that hasn’t already been said? It was my final advent calendar pick last year, and I’m not sure you could include a list of Christmas beers without mentioning Samichlaus. Nevertheless, for me this is the King of Christmas Beers. Rolling in at … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 12: Holiday Spiced Ale

Today’s beer comes from this glowing recommendation from Hedonist Beer Jive: 21st Amendment‘s Holiday Spiced Ale. You’ll only be able to pick up this beer in San Francisco, though; they have it on draft and in 22-ounce bottles to go. Their description: Our special holiday offering is sure to brighten … Continue reading

A real beer advent calendar… sort of…

Via this blog, I got a kick of this picture of a "real" beer advent calendar. I like how the numbers are all in random order…

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 11: Wreck the Halls

Today’s pick is Full Sail‘s "Brewmaster’s Reserve" offering, with a gimmicky name that I get a kick out of: Wreck the Halls. It’s a big hoppy IPA and while not spicy or extra-strong or fruity like a lot of the other seasonal offerings, you’ll be glad to find this under … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 10: Père Noël

Today’s pick is Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke in Belgium. There’s not much on their website, but I found this description on Liquid Solutions: Cloudy and light orange in color with a big persistent head. Spicy, grassy aroma. Sweet malt flavor with some peppery spiciness. Finishes with a fruity, … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 9: Great Lakes Christmas Ale

Today my pick is the Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Company, a "holiday ale brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon." Nicely moderate in alcohol (7.5%—compared to some of these picks, anyway!), this beer has won two gold medals and one silver at the World Beer … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 8: Scaldis Noël

Scaldis Noël is known in Belgium proper as Bush de Noël. Brewed by Brasserie Dubuisson, this beer is an astounding 12% alcohol. It’s a limited edition beer, and the site says, This is a sweet beer with a pleasant flavour of hops. Indeed, for Bush de Noël, the brewer uses … Continue reading

Holiday beer gifts

Over on Hail the Ale!, they’ve got a couple of beer gift guide posts for the holidays, all helpfully available on Amazon.com. Good idea—I’ll add a few book suggestions: Extreme Brewing, by Sam Calagione (of Dogfish Head) Ambitious Brew (Amazon link), by Maureen Ogle Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers, by … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 7: Tannen Bomb

Today’s pick is Tannen Bomb from Golden Valley Brewery. I confess I picked it as much because I liked the naming pun as for the fact that it’s a well-received beer. Golden Valley’s description says Tannen Bomb was rated third in the nation by the Beverage Testing Institute two years … Continue reading