Monthly Archives: December 2010

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 23: Figgy Pudding

Today is my birthday, and as such the other tradition I’ve attached to this Advent Calendar (the first being the selection of Anchor Christmas Ale each year) is that I pick an entirely indulgent, not-necessarily-holiday beer for today’s selection—sort of a “vanity” pick for a big delicious beer that I would love to drink. This year I’ve selected a beer that is an appropriate holiday selection as well: Block 15 Brewery‘s Figgy Pudding. I’ve been … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 22: Anchor Christmas Ale

Every year for the Advent Beer Calendar I’ve made it a tradition to select Anchor Christmas Ale for one of the days, and this year is no exception. The revitalization of Anchor under Fritz Maytag is in many ways the start of the revitalization of the American craft beer movement, and their annual Christmas Ale—brewed to a different recipe and featuring a unique label every year since 1975—is the venerable “grandfather” of the seasonal beer … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 21: Ommegang Adoration

Today I’ve selected the “first Strong Winter Ale” from Brewery Ommegang out of New York, Ommegang Adoration. (Is this really their first Winter Ale?) Their own description may well be my favorite of the month, something I couldn’t have come up with better myself: Ommegang Adoration, brewed in the authentic style of Belgian winter, or noel beer, is dark, strong, malty and assertively spiced. At 10% abv Adoration is not a lightweight beer, and is … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 20: Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve

New Jersey-based Flying Fish Brewing Company is interesting because it was the first microbrewery founded “virtually” in 1995—literally starting life as a web page and an idea, with the actual brewery opening in 1996. Today’s beer is their Grand Cru Winter Reserve, a 7.2% Belgian Abbey-styled ale first released in 1998. This Belgian-style strong golden ale showcases a variety of the ingredients and brewing methods that help differentiate Flying Fish beers. The Grand Cru is … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 19: Hibernation Ale

Today’s beer has been Great Divide Brewing Company‘s winter ale for a decade and a half, the award-winning Hibernation Ale. An English-style Old Ale, I noted with interested that pre-2009 vintages of Hibernation were 8.1% alcohol by volume, but since 2009 this went up to 8.7%. (Usually you’d expect to see this go the other way.) Hibernation Ale has been our celebrated winter tradition since 1995. This robust, dry-hopped ale has a malty richness balanced … Continue reading →