Monthly Archives: December 2007

Press Release: Flying Dog Brewery Leaps Ever Higher with New Styles, Packages for 2008

Flying Dog looks to be going with a couple of Belgian styles for their next couple of outings. (Okay, the Bière de Garde is more of a French style, but still.) Should be interesting to watch the progress as they shift all their brewing to Maryland. A new seasonal and 4th new Canis Major style to hit shelves in 2008 Flying Dog Brewery has new show-stopping styles and packages for 2008. The brewery continues its … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 24: Anchor Christmas Ale

Today’s the final day of the Advent Calendar, and you know I couldn’t let another year go by without picking Anchor Christmas Ale! This annual favorite (technically called "Our Special Ale")—perhaps one of the most anticipated and favorite American Christmas seasonal out there—is different from year to year; Anchor changes the recipe (which is secret) and the tree on the label. First brewed in 1975, this year’s vintage is their 33rd release. Jay Brooks heralded … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 23: The Abyss

Today is my birthday, so like I did last year, I’m selecting a beer that isn’t (ordinarily) a Christmas/winter-themed seasonal, but is more of a "birthday choice": Deschutes Brewery‘s The Abyss. Released as part of Deschutes’ Reserve Series, this phenomenal Imperial Stout is 11% alcohol by volume and aged in barrels, and is an extremely limited release—the release party for this year’s batch is January 15th, and I guarantee it will go fast. The Abyss … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 22: Pisgah Solstice

To commemorate the winter solstice today, I selected Pisgah Brewing‘s Pisgah Solstice. Even though they brew this beer year round, it certainly sounds like a seasonal: Pisgah’s year round Belgian. A Tripel ale, this beer contains moderately fruity esters with an alcoholic complexity supported by a soft malt character. This beer is pale gold in color and 9.5% ABV. Scoot yourself down to Black Mountain, North Carolina for a glass or two of this beer … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 21: Young’s Christmas Ale

Last year around this time I picked Young’s Christmas Pudding Ale, and I wanted to pick something from them again—and fortunately, that’s not the only Christmas beer they offer. So today I’m picking their Christmas Ale—the catch is (like some of the others I’ve picked) it’s available on draught only. (At least, according to their site right now—BeerAdvocate shows a picture of it in the bottle). This beer breaks the mold for a seasonal a … Continue reading →