Happy Repeal Day!

That’s right, today is Repeal Day—the day the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, ending Prohibition. Enjoy a drink today to celebrate. I know I will. Happy Repeal Day!

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 5: Nøgne Ø God Jul

I’ve been noticing—and been intrigued by—beers from Norway more and more lately, so I decided to pick a Norwegian beer for Day 5: Nøgne Ø God Jul. This is brewed in the style of a strong (8.5% alcohol) English Porter (according to BeerAdvocate; I might call this a Baltic or … Continue reading

Press Release: Southampton Ales & Lagers’ Biere de Garde is Back

Sounds interesting—I’m always interested in French beers (of which my knowledge has its gaps)—and it’s the first I’ve heard of Strisslespalt hops. Southampton Ales & Lagers of the Southampton Publick House is bringing back their Biere de Garde, a French-style "Country Ale," as part of the line of 750ml Series. … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 4: Fuller’s Old Winter Ale

Nothing says Winter Warmer like an English ale, so I decided for Day 4 to go with a classic: Fuller’s Old Winter Ale, a 5.3% alcohol seasonal available December through January. This is a full, malty beer with nutty overtones and dark chocolate character well-balanced with classic English hops. Perfect … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 3: McMenamins Kris Kringle

This is the first year I’ve highlighted McMenamins‘ seasonal offering, Kris Kringle, and even though you can find it all over the Pacific Northwest—if you’re near a McMenamins, that is—you can only find it here. This is a brewpub-only beer. Each year’s version of this is a bit different—I don’t … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 2: Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale

From Kiuchi Brewery in Japan comes my pick for Day 2: Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale. I picked it in part because a Japanese holiday ale intrigues me, and in part because there’s some interesting details about this beer to dig up. You’ll notice from the brewery’s website and the picture … Continue reading

Another Christmas beer calendar!

Sweet! It’s spreading—the Bottles of Barley blog today posted the first of a daily "25 Beers of Christmas" series. For the Christmas season, I’ve decided to do a review of 25 different beers, one each day in December, just like a beery advent calendar. I will be focusing on Christmas … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 1: Harpoon Winter Warmer

December and the holiday season are upon us again! This is my favorite time of year, especially here on the Brew Site: I have far too much fun picking beers for my daily Advent Beer Calendar and blogging about them. This is the third year now I’ve been running this … Continue reading

Pumpkin Beer Week (continued): Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale

As I mentioned in my wrap up for Pumpkin Beer Week, I might yet receive more pumpkin beers to review. Well, indeed I did: the fine folks at New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewing Company sent me three bottles of their Pumpkin Ale (at my request for samples). Tonight I opened up … Continue reading

More about Winter’s Bourbon and the Mix-It-Ups

I have more details from Anheuser-Busch to follow-up my post yesterday about their Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale and the Bare Knuckle Stout Mix-It-Up program. First, on the subject of the Winter’s Bourbon, I had sent in several questions (via email) as a sort of mini-interview. Here it is (forwarded to/from … Continue reading