Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 11: Santa’s Private Reserve

Today’s beer pick is an Oregon beer—you know I had to include at least one—from one of Oregon’s “Old Guard” breweries: Rogue’s Santa’s Private Reserve. This is a Northwest Red ale, 6% alcohol, that Rogue describes thusly: Rogue’s annual holiday offering, Santa’s Private Reserve, is a variation of the classic … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 10: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Our pick for today comes from beer writer Lisa Morrison, The Beer Goddess, who has her own radio show and writes for a number of national and regional publications, not to mention her Hop Press blog. Lisa brings us an American classic. The holiday season’s arrival is marked by different … Continue reading

The next Session (New Year’s Day!)

The next Session has been announced, and it’s being hosted by The Beer Chicks, Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune (authors of The Naked Pint). The theme is New Beer’s Resolutions. The New Year, of course, is the ultimate time for reflection of the previous year’s mistakes as well as a … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 9: Berkshire Holidale

Today’s pick comes from western Massachusetts’ Berkshire Brewing Company: their rye barleywine, Holidale. This beer is released annually around Thanksgiving and lasts until it’s gone. A rye barleywine, you wonder? Yes indeed; this is from the full label (not pictured): This reddish copper colored Barely Wine Style Ale is brewed … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 8: Marble Brewery The Quad

Today’s holiday pick comes from beer writer Stan Hieronymus, author of Brew Like a Monk and the upcoming Brewing with Wheat, as well as editor of and creator of The Session and one of the most knowledgeable beer folks I’ve ever met. Stan’s pick makes me want to hop … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 7: Shiner Holiday Cheer

In Texas, Shiner Bock is a beery institution, the long-brewed (since 1913) flagship beer from the 100-year-old Spoetzl Brewery located (appropriately enough) in the town of Shiner. For a brewery that’s been producing beers for nearly 100 years (interrupted only by Prohibition, of course), Spoetzl had not brewed a holiday … Continue reading

Another Beer Advent Calendar

A comment on the Anchor Christmas Ale post read thusly: Did a quick google search and found you guys. I’ve been doing a beer advent calendar for a few years and started blogging it last year. You may or may not be interested in having a look. And pointed me … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 6: St. Nikolaus Bock

Today’s pick comes from beer writer Lew Bryson, author of a number of books, a slew of articles, interviews, and columns, and at least two blogs. Lew’s pick comes from Pennsylvania Brewing Company, informally known as Penn Brewery. Call it the Ghost of Christmas Beer Past: you can’t get this … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 5: Anchor Christmas Ale

Today’s pick comes from beer writer Jay Brooks, author of the excellent Brookston Beer Bulletin as well as columns for several other publications and blogs. Jay picks a perennial favorite. The original American Christmas beer, at least in modern times, is undoubtedly Anchor Christmas Ale, whose official name is really … Continue reading

The Session #34: Stumbling Home

The first Friday of the month means it’s time for The Session, the collaborative blogging effort that brings together beer bloggers from across the web to write about a common theme. We’re in the 34th iteration of The Session—fast approaching the third anniversary!—and this month’s topic is from Two Parts … Continue reading