Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 4: St. Feuillien Cuvée de Noël

You can’t talk about Christmas beers without mentioning the beers of Belgium, and each year I try to make sure to feature several Belgians on the Advent Calendar, so today’s beer pick is likely the first of several: Cuvée de Noël from Brasserie St-Feuillien. Cuvée de Noël is a Strong … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 3: No. 28 Christmas Ale

Part of the fun of doing the Advent Calendar is the research: finding those obscure yet tasty-sounding beers that (maybe) no one knows about and being able to highlight them. It’s partly the thrill of discovery, and partly the chance to keep it fresh. So it is that today’s beer … Continue reading

Draft Magazine’s 25 Holiday Beers

Draft Magazine is running a daily beer feature for the holidays, similar to the Advent Beer Calendar. I love these kind of beer countdowns, it’s always fun to read other people’s picks on these kind of lists. Thus far they’ve selected BridgePort Ebenezer Ale and Lazy Boy Mistletoe Bliss. I’ll … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 2: Birra del Borgo 25 Dodici

Today’s beer is a strong Winter Warmer from Birra del Borgo in the heart of Italy: 25 Dodici. There have been some amazingly interesting beers coming from Italian brewers in recent years, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to feature one of their holiday offerings. This Christmas beer is … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 1: Goose Island Christmas Ale

The beer I selected for this first day of December is Goose Island Christmas Ale, a classic Winter Warmer from Chicago. Goose Island proffers up their Christmas Ale in the traditional way: by tweaking the recipe each year. Every year to celebrate the holiday season, we brew up our Christmas … Continue reading

Life & Limb

Surely one of the most hyped, talked-about beers of the last month or so is Life & Limb, the first ever collaboration beer between Sierra Nevada Brewing and Dogfish Head Brewery: partly because there was a social media firestorm that buoyed in (largely sparked by the highly effective Dogfish Publicity … Continue reading

The Advent Beer Calendar is tomorrow

The first of December heralds the start of the Advent Beer Calendar, an annual tradition here at The Brew Site going back to 2005. This year’s Calendar is the fifth incarnation(!), and this year in addition to selecting the various Christmas beers myself I thought it would be fun to … Continue reading

Holiday Ale Festival

The Holiday Ale Festival up in Portland (Oregon) kicks off this week: from Wednesday, December 2nd through Sunday the 6th, Pioneer Courthouse Square will be overrun by beer seekers anxious to try out 50-plus wintertime beers. This is one of those festivals I’ve never been to (the timing isn’t so … Continue reading

Jubelale vertical

My latest post over on Hop Press is up today: a vertical tasting of Jubelale. Something else to be thankful for this week!

Thanksgiving Week: The Oregon beer scene

As a beer geek, I am extremely thankful that Oregon is one of the best places to be in terms of beer culture—and that I live in the heart of it. Oregon has world-class breweries, cutting-edge breweries, young upstarts, and the old guard. From the brewery-rich Portland to the far-flung … Continue reading