50 beers to drink before you die, Part 3

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 6: Doggie Claws

Today’s pick is Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing, a hefty barleywine that weighs in at 11.5% alcohol. Hair of the Dog brews some distinctive beers and Doggie Claws is no exception. They call it "a Barley Wine made in the West Coast style," which means it will … Continue reading

The end of Prohibition: Repeal Day

It was on December 5th, 1933, 73 years ago today when the 21st Amendment was ratified and Prohibition was abolished in the United States. Here’s an interesting notion: the Belmont Station blog points to this blog post which advocates making December 5th a holiday celebrating the repeal of Prohibition, called … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 5: Bah Humbug

With Lump of Coal yesterday there might appear to be a theme with today’s Bah Humbug Christmas beer from Wychwood Brewery. This beer is "full of seasonal spices and rich Michaelmas pickings" and holds forth at 6.2% alcohol. There are mixed reviews on BeerAdvocate, but overall the beer scores 82 … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 4: Lump of Coal Stout

This is one lump of coal you wouldn’t mind getting in your stocking: Lump of Coal Stout from Ridgeway Brewing, of the "Bad Elf" beer fame. Yes, that’s the brewer whose labels are creating a stir back east. Billed as a bittersweet chocolate stout, it’ll keep you warm at 8% … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 3: Papa Noel’s Olde Ale

Today I selected Papa Noel’s Olde Ale from Alameda Brewhouse. Of it, their website says: Papa Noel’s has a pleasing sweetness from its higher-than-normal alcoholic content, and from its complex malt foundation. This sweetness is balanced by a hint of roasted flavor, as well as a mellow bitterness imparted by … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 2: Bison Gingerbread Ale

Today’s pick is Bison Brewing‘s Gingerbread Ale. (Insert "run run run just as fast as you can!" joke here.) This sounds really good to me… on their site, they describe it as: Our spiced holiday porter is brewed with ginger, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon, yielding the aroma of … Continue reading

From Bad Elf to Santa’s Butt

Wow, if that’s not a weird headline, then I don’t know what is… Anyway, the point is, Shelton Brothers—who is having the Bad Elf problems in New York I blogged about the other day—is now having problems in Maine! With Santa’s Butt Porter. On Thursday, the Maine Civil Liberties Union … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 1: Anchor Christmas Ale

It’s time for the Beer Advent Calendar again! Each day from the first through the twenty-fourth I pick a different holiday-themed beer. All for fun, of course, but wouldn’t it be cool if there was a beer-of-the-month club-type service that did this for real? I’m starting this year as I … Continue reading

Photo journal of a lambic brewery

Over on Thom’s Beer Blog, they have a photo post of the Brasserie Cantillon, a brewer of lambic in Brussels. I thought it was pretty cool because it documents a bit about how lambics are made and the kinds of things that go into this unusual style of beer. True … Continue reading