Monthly Archives: December 2008

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 20: Thiriez Bière de Noël

We’re getting close to Christmas! Today’s pick comes again from France: Brasserie Thiriez‘s Bière de Noël. This is a beer brewed in the "true Christmas tradition": a special recipe brewed for the colder months that changes each year. From the label on the site, it looks like this year’s vintage is a "Flanders artisan" ale, and the tart and fruity notes on the review site seem to back that up. At 5.8% alcohol by volume, … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 19: Christmas Farm Ale

When thinking of Christmas or Winter-themed beers, Florida is not the first place you’d turn to. However, today’s pick comes from Dunedin, Florida: Dunedin Brewery‘s Christmas Farm Ale. RateBeer is calling this year’s version a Dubbel with 8% alcohol and fermented with sour cherries. Dunedin’s own page says: A special holiday ale brewed in the country farm spirit of times past. This winter warmer has a complex, spicy taste and aroma that will delight your … Continue reading →

Received: Bass Brolly (package)

Just what is a "Brolly", you ask? Well, yesterday I received an unexpected package containing one (and more). As you can see, it’s a package from Bass, which here in the U.S. is distributed by Anheuser-Busch. It’s a handsome wooden box, hinged, and by it’s weight I knew there was something cool inside. This is like an early Christmas present even though the accompanying letter says, "Back by popular demand for St. Patrick’s Day 2009". … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 18: Deschutes Jubelale

For today’s pick I’m going local and selecting Deschutes Brewery‘s Jubelale. This is Deschutes’ long-brewed seasonal Winter Warmer, and the first beer the brewery ever bottled. This is one of my favorite seasonal beers, one I look forward to every year. And I reviewed it recently: Taste: Spicy essence (nutmeg, cinnamon, "winter" spices) blending with a rich and warming, malty brew. Very tasty, satisfying. A little spike of alcohol heat, and a Belgian strong dark … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 17: First Snow Ale

Today’s pick is from a brewery that originated in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and has since spread out to cover Georgia, Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland: RJ Rockers, and the beer is their First Snow Ale. I found this description of First Snow here: The First Snow Ale is an American-style pale ale, moderately hopped with Willamette and Czech Saaz.  It also happens to have 15 pounds of honey and almost every spice in the cabinet … Continue reading →