Received: The Abyss 2010

Forgot to mention this the other day (been busy with the Advent Beer Calendar!): I received a bottle of this year’s The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery. I had stopped in to the release party last week and had a glass of it on nitro (pretty amazing) and picked up a … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 8: White Birch Holiday Ale

Today’s pick comes from White Birch Brewing in New Hampshire, a relatively new brewery (the state’s “first nano-brewery” brewing on a seven barrel system): their Holiday Ale. This is a limited run that they are bottling, hand-dipping in wax, and doing something unique with the labels: White Birch Brewing is … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 6: Batemans Rosey Nosey

Today we’re skipping back across the pond to Merry Old England to select a whimsical Winter Warmer from Batemans Brewery: Rosey Nosey. Featuring a red-nosed Santa Claus (though in England they call him Father Christmas) on the label, this lower-middle strength beer is sure to “put a glow into Christmas.” … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 5: Fireside Chat

Here in the United States, December 5th is regarded as Repeal Day—the day the 21st Amendment to our Constitution was ratified, which repealed the 18th Amendment—thus ending the “Noble Experiment” of Prohibition in the U.S. To commemorate the anniversary I decided to pick a beer from San Francisco’s 21st Amendment … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 4: Jewbelation 14

Today’s pick comes from Brewed for Thought‘s and the Hop Press‘ Mario Rubio, and he’s selected a beer that’s perfect for Hanukkah. Mario lends a hand again this year with the Advent Beer Calendar, and his excellent selection for today is Schmaltz Brewing’s Jewbelation 14: This year’s beer was brewed … Continue reading

The Session #46: An Unexpected Discovery

Today being the first Friday of December, it’s time for The Session—“Beer Blogging Friday”—where beer bloggers across the web collaboratively write about a common beer-themed topic. This is the 46th edition of The Session, and this month’s theme comes to us from Burgers and Brews: An Unexpected Discovery. What I … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 3: Ebenezer Spiced Ale

Ebenezer Scrooge is the miserly, greedy, misanthropic main character of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, who after being visited by three Ghosts of Christmas repents his ways and embraces the Christmas spirit with generosity and kindness. As iconic a Christmas-related character as you’ll find in literature, there are a handful … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 2: Glacier Brewhouse Cherry XXXMas

One of things I really enjoy about the Advent Beer Calendar is finding and highlighting beers from breweries that you might not have otherwise heard of—and today’s selection is one of those. Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage, Alaska, brews Cherry XXXMas, a big Christmas Doppelbock infused with fruit (besides cherries, they … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 1: St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

Amazingly enough, December has rolled around again and it brings one of my favorite times of the year, both in regards to beer and to the holiday season. As is tradition here at The Brew Site, December also heralds the Beer Advent Calendar—now in its sixth(!) iteration. I love doing … Continue reading