Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 12: Jenlain Bière De Noël

I decided to go with an old classic for today’s beer pick: Jenlain Bière de Noël, from Brasserie Duyck in Northern France. This 6.8% alcohol Bière de Garde is brewed stronger than their "house" beer, in true yule tradition: The tradition of Christmas beers is particular to northern Europe. In … Continue reading

Press Release: Holiday Ale Festival decks the halls with record attendance

Despite driving rain, gusting wind, and a UO/OSU Civil War game, the Holiday Ale Festival witnessed record-setting attendance at the 12th annual event. The Northwest’s most prestigious winter beer festival brought in more than 17,000 beer lovers, an increase of 10% over 2006. The festival took place Nov. 29 through … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 11: St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

Today’s pick is St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, which is available for the first time this year. (It’s new enough that they don’t yet have it on their own website!) It’s a Belgian Strong Ale with a whopping 10% alcohol by volume. The reviews are positive and sound to me like … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 10: Saint Arnold Christmas Ale

I think this is the first year I’ve picked a Texas beer: Saint Arnold Christmas Ale. I don’t normally associate "Texas" with "beer" (other than Shiner and—originally—Celis), but there’s been something of a craft brewing renaissance happening in Texas, I understand, so I thought it was high time. Saint Arnold … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 9: Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Christmas Ale

I admit I picked today’s beer based on the name alone: Ho! Ho! Christmas Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery in Mukilteo, Washington. Diamond Knot is a waterfront brewpub overlooking Puget Sound, north of Seattle. You won’t their beer bottled—particularly not the seasonals—so you’ll have to visit the brewery itself (or … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 8: Augustiner Bräu Christmas Bock Bier

Michael Jackson’s first category of Winter Warmers from the excellent Ultimate Beer is that of Bocks, so fittingly I chose the Bock Beer from Austria’s Augustiner Bräu brewery. This is brewed for Christmas—it could rightly be called Christmas Bock Bier (which is how BeerAdvocate lists it)—and it’s a bit elusive, … Continue reading

The Session #10: Winter Seasonal Beers

First Friday of the month, that means it’s time for The Session again! The Session is where bloggers far and wide all write on a particular topic or theme, related to beer of course. This month’s theme for The Session is brought to us from Barley Vine: The theme for … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 7: Snow Goose Winter Ale

Today’s pick is Wild Goose Brewery‘s Snow Goose Winter Ale. This beer hails from Frederick, Maryland, and is classified by the brewery as a "strong English Ale" at 6.2% alcohol. Wild Goose prides itself on brewing English style ales and mentions that they brew with Ringwood ale yeast, a distinctive … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 6: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

An American classic, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale is today’s pick. This intensely-hopped IPA sits at 6.8% alcohol and is widely regarded as one of the best American seasonal beers out there, as well as one of the oldest—it was first brewed in 1981! Like a lot of these seasonals, this … Continue reading