Yearly Archives: 2006

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 18: Hochstift Weihnachts Bier

I wanted to pick a German beer somewhere along the way, and settled today on Hochstift Weihnachts Bier, a Christmas-themed Bock ("Weihnachten" is "Christmas" in German). What can I tell you about this beer? Not much, since the page is entirely in German and there’s only one review so far on its BeerAdvocate page. No matter. Weihnachts is at 5.2% alcohol, which I’m thinking would make a nice aperitif to the Christmas dinner. And, trivial … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 17: Santa’s Little Helper

Today I’m getting really local: Central Oregon’s own Cascade Lakes Brewing‘s Santa’s Little Helper. This is a tidy little winter warmer that fills a comfortable niche at 6.4% alcohol. It’s what I drink during the winter months whenever I’m down at their Lodge. Its BeerAdvocate page thus far only has nine reviews, so no final score, but all the reviews have given it their thumbs up.

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 16: He’Brew Monumental Jewbelation

In a tip of the hat to the start of Hanukkah, I picked He’Brew Monumental Jewbelation. This is a limited edition, tenth anniversary version of their Jewbelation seasonal, with 10% alcohol. And, the number ten is represented abundantly in this beer: 10 different malts used, 10 hops in 10 additions and 100 minutes for the boil. This is a big beer all around, with lots of flavors and strength—it would be a good one to … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 15: Young’s Christmas Pudding Ale

This sounds good, which is why I picked it for today: Young’s Christmas Pudding Ale. Their own website speaks highly of it: If you are seeking a feisty ale to accompany the season’s festivities, look no further than Young’s Christmas Pudding Ale. It’s so magnificent and merry making that you will want to put it in a bowl and pour brandy sauce all over it. With it’s warming, dark ruby character and splendid luscious flavours … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 14: Brooklyn Monster Ale

Today I went with one that may not seem all that holiday-themed: Brooklyn Brewery‘s Monster Ale. This is a vintaged, limited edition barleywine that makes its appearance during the winter months. I also like the bottle design; it reminds me of a Christmas tree ornament, all glittery silver with green. Not one I would mind finding hanging on the tree… On BeerAdvocate it scores 85/100 with 96% thumbs-up from reviewers. Look for rich, complex flavors … Continue reading →