Yearly Archives: 2009

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 German-styles of beer. Their Christmas Doppelbock is brewed with “over 50% Munich malt” and is 8.2% alcohol by volume: strong and rich, a nice seasonal … 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 label is the creation of the brewmaster, after enjoying one too many Tsjeeseses, according to popular lore. This holiday ale is lagered for eight months … 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 the beer is good. Their description: A profound enveloping winter beer. Monteith’s Doppelbock Winter Ale is a smoothly rich beer with a dense head, a … 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 volume, and is rich and complex, corked and bottle conditioned. Lew had a nice description of this beer recently: So here I am, finishing up … 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. (Extra Special Bitter) full of holiday cheer. Christmas Ale has a lovely, dark red/amber color and a rich, full-bodied, malty taste with a slightly roasted … Continue reading →