Yet another Advent Beer Calendar

I found this via Twitter the other day, and I think it’s awesome: Someone has made an actual (physical) advent calendar with beer as each day’s item… and they’re opening beers to match! You can view the photostream on this Twitpic account, and play along at home.

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 17: N’Ice Chouffe

Today’s selection comes from beer blogger Alan McLeod, author/editor of A Good Beer Blog, one of the “old timers” and finest bloggers out there. He’s currently knee-deep in his annual Yule Photo Contest but kindly took the time to write up a post for the Calendar (which you can also … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 16: Theresianer Birra d’Inverno

Today’s pick comes from beer writer Stephen Beaumont, author of a number of books as well as several blogs. He has also written for “a ridiculous variety of publications“. Stephen has selected Birra D’Inverno from Theresianer in Italy. I became aware of this brewery when a local importer began bringing … Continue reading

Received: Buckbean Brewing beer

I received a package yesterday from Buckbean Brewing Company, out of Reno, Nevada: You remember Buckbean: they’re the ones that held the Canned Beer Festival earlier this fall. I’m looking forward to trying these out.

Checking in on Hop Press

With all the business of this Advent Beer Calendar I’m running this month, I forgot to link to my two latest Hop Press articles: a multi-part guide to the Bend beer scene. Part 1 is here, wherein I cover Deschutes Brewery and Bend Brewing Company. Part 2 is here, covering … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 15: Bell’s Christmas Ale

Today’s beer comes from one of Michigan’s long-time craft brewers, Bell’s Brewery: Bell’s Christmas Ale. Bell’s Christmas is a clean and smooth Scottish Ale, 5.4% alcohol by volume, and is “brewed with 100% Michigan barley and a blend of Pacific Northwest and Michigan hops”—keeping their seasonal gift to their customers … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 14: Samichlaus

What list of Christmas beers would be complete without including Samichlaus, one of the modern granddaddy’s of them all and at one time a serious contender for the strongest beer in the world (very much surpassed these days)? It’s still billed as the strongest lager in the world and at … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 13: Double Mountain Fa La La La La

Today’s pick comes from Jeff Alworth, Portland, Oregon-based beer blogger and writer, and purveyor of the nationally-famous Honest Pint Project. If there’s any one person in Oregon who knows the regional beer scene, it’s Jeff, and he picks what may well become a new seasonal favorite. By Christmas standards, it’s … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 12: Solstice D’hiver

Today’s pick comes from beer blogger and writer Mario Rubio, who authors Brewed for Thought (his main blog) and also writes for and Hop Press (which he also organized). Mario picks Solstice D’hiver from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel in Quebec, Canada. He has the full writeup on his blog: … Continue reading

An interview with moi.

The Beer Wench (a fellow Hop Press writer) has started up a series of “beer blogger interviews” lately on her blog, and today she posted the interview with yours truly. It’s a fun read, and reveals a bit more about my overall background than I probably have here. Though my … Continue reading