Monthly Archives: December 2008

Black and Tan Fail

So I tried making a Black and Tan as per the kit I received with the brolly, and took a video (which is embedded below). As you can see, my B&T making abilities are enormous FAIL, but I thought everyone would get a kick out of it. (Go ahead, point and laugh.) For reference, the lighter beer is the Bass Ale, and the darker is a homebrewed "light" stout. ("Light" because it’s not quite dark … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 24: Nöel Baladin

It’s the final day of the Advent Beer Calendar! Where did the month go already? Today’s pick comes from Italy, which is fast becoming known for their craft beer scene: Birra Baladin‘s Nöel Baladin. This 9% alcohol beer is brewed in the style of a strong Belgian ale (according to the beer sites), and while the original site is all Italian, I did find this English description on the importer B. United page: Le Baladin … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 23: Roots Epic Ale

It’s become my own tradition-within-a-tradition to break from the "regular" Christmas/holiday beers and pick something "for me" on my birthday (which is today!). This year that something is Roots Organic Brewing‘s Epic Ale. I just had to, after reading Jeff’s opening description: Epic starts not with the brew kettle, but earlier, when the Roots men smoke 55 pounds of Munich malt in a smoker of their own creation ("a special stainless perforated contraption"). The fuel … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 22: Festive Christmas Porter

Today’s pick is from the Burton Bridge Brewery in Burton-Upon-Trent, England: their Festive Christmas Porter. This is an easy-drinking holiday ale at 4.5% alcohol; it’s describe by the brewery as a "Fruity beer with a distinctive bitter after palate." Personally, I hear "porter + fruit" and I can’t help thinking "fruitcake." (I’m one of those rare people who love fruitcake.) Yum! BeerAdvocate grade: B (1 review). RateBeer score, which thinks it’s actually their regular Porter: … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 21: Schlafly Christmas Ale

Today’s pick comes from that other brewery in St. Louis, Missouri: Schlafly Christmas Ale. This is a spicy, strong (8% alcohol by volume) that gets high marks and is apparently very spicy. Their short description says: A full-bodied amber ale to spice up the holidays. ‘Tis the season to enjoy this rich and flavorful ale made with orange peel, cloves and spicy hops. It’s only available from November to December, so you’ll have to get … Continue reading →