Press Release: Aspall Cuvee Chevallier Launch

Aspall Cyder House of Suffolk, England and SBS Imports of Seattle, Washington are pleased to announce the premiere limited release of Aspall Cuvee Chevallier Double Fermented Cyder to United States market. Cuvee Chevallier joins regularly available items Aspall Dry, Demi-Sec, Organic, and Perronelle’s Blush cyders. Cuvee Chevallier is produced from … Continue reading

Received: Red Chair NWPA, Cinder Cone Red

Christmas Eve day I was home from work early and UPS delivered a last-minute Christmas present from Deschutes Brewery: Three bottles of the new Red Chair NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale) and three bottles of the final release of Cinder Cone Red. Red Chair is of course based on the Red … Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everybody! Hope you all are having a safe and beery holiday.

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 23: Alaskan Barley Wine

Today is my birthday, and as is the tradition for the Advent Calendar, my pick is a vanity beer: not necessarily a holiday beer, but a stellar example of something I’d love to crack open for my birthday. And, as it happens, I have a 2007 bottle (the first year … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 22: Weeping Radish Christmas Bier

The Christmas Doppelbock from Weeping Radish Brewery was one I featured the first year I did this Advent Calendar and I thought it was time to highlight this again. Hence, Weeping Radish Christmas Bier is today’s pick. Weeping Radish is North Carolina’s oldest microbrewery, and they’ve focused on producing Reinheitsgebot-compliant … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 21: De Struise Brouwers Tsjeeses

Today’s beer is a second pick from Beer Goddess Lisa Morrison. Tsjeeses is pronounced much like the man whom Christmas celebrates: Jesus himself. And, apparently, it is what the brewers would happily exclaim upon the first sip of this unique brew, “T’sjeeses, what a beer!” The Santa-capped guy on the … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 20: Monteith’s Doppelbock Winter Ale

Today we venture around the world to New Zealand for our beer today—I don’t believe I’ve picked a New Zealand beer before—Monteith’s Brewing’s Doppelbock Winter Ale. Now I know “Doppelbock” and “Ale” are somewhat contradictory in terms of styles, but it’s Christmas, and we can all overlook such details when … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 19: Affligem Noël

One of the beers Stan asked about when selecting one for the Advent Calendar was Affligem Noël, and I realized it was a Christmas ale I had not yet featured over the years. This is a classic Belgian Abbey Christmas beer, a Strong Dark Ale that is 9% alcohol by … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 18: Gritty McDuff’s Christmas Ale

Today’s pick comes from one of Maine’s most popular brewers: Gritty McDuff’s Christmas Ale, a big ESB that shows up in November and lasts through the end of the year. Their recipe focuses on a solid interpretation of the style rather than gimmick: Our Christmas Ale is a robust E.S.B. … Continue reading