Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 14: French Country Christmas Ale

Today’s beer comes from Southampton Publick House in New York: French Country Christmas Ale. However, you’ll notice that I have a picture of their Biere de Garde instead; that’s because they are in fact the same beer, and I can’t find a picture anywhere of the Christmas Ale in bottles … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 13: Weyerbacher Winter Ale

The pick for today’s beer comes from Pennsylvania: Weyerbacher Winter Ale. This is a traditional Winter Warmer that has either 6.1% or 5.6% alcohol—the review sites say 6.1, the description (below) say otherwise. At Weyerbacher we’ve created a Winter Ale that is a must for any malty beer lover. Winner … Continue reading

Press Release: Buzzsaw Brown to Kick Off the New Year

Deschutes Brewery‘s first seasonal release of the year, Buzzsaw Brown, honors the historic heritage of the brewery’s hometown of Bend, Oregon. The town’s history extends back to when workers spent long, hard days in the sawmills on the banks of the Deschutes River. Buzzsaw Brown creates a tasty encore to … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 12: St. Benedict’s Winter Ale

Today’s beer is St. Benedict’s Winter Ale, an "abbey-style ‘winter warmer’" from Stevens Point Brewery in central Wisconsin. The beer is 6.2% alcohol and is inspired by the historical figure of St. Benedict: St. Benedict of Nursia lived in the late 5th to early 6th centuries. Legend has it while … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 11: Delirium Noël

Today we head over to Belgium to visit a strong ale from Brouwerij Huyghe: Delirium Noël. That’s right, it’s the Christmas offering of their famous pink elephant Delirium Tremens. Their description of this beer is entirely in French, but here’s a (rough) translation: Born in 2000, this beer is brewed … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 10: Noel de Calabaza

Back to the Midwest today, where we’re visiting Michigan’s acclaimed Jolly Pumpkin, and their Noel de Calabaza. Jolly Pumpkin specializes in Belgian-style artisan ales, so it’s no surprise that their Christmas seasonal is a Belgian-style strong ale. And at 9% alcohol, you can bet that it is strong. Their own … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 9: Pelican Bad Santa

Today’s pick is only available on tap from one of my favorite Oregon breweries: Bad Santa from the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City. It’s an "India Black Ale" (or Black IPA), the relatively-newish style that blends the roasty, dark malts from something like a Schwarzbier with the Northwest … Continue reading

Siletz Brewing moving to Albany (Oregon)

Calapooia Brewing is a brewery located over in Albany, Oregon (just outside of Corvallis). I’ve never been, though I may have tried beer of theirs at the Oregon Brewers Festival. They also have a blog, on which I was surprised to read tonight that they are moving Siletz Brewing out … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 8: Harveys Christmas Ale

Today we travel to England to discover a yuletide barleywine from Harveys: their Christmas Ale, of course. This is an 8.1% alcohol brew with lots of malt sweetness and dark fruit notes. This description from the B. United site speaks to the tradition behind this beer: Harvey’s Christmas Ale has … Continue reading