Monthly Archives: December 2011

Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 20: Jewbelation 15 and 8 Malty Nights

Today to commemorate the first day of Hanukkah (which begins at sunset) I have picked not one but two Hanukkah beers (the only two that I’m aware of, in fact): Shmaltz Brewing’s Jewbelation 15, and Lompoc Brewing’s 8 Malty Nights. Picking the two of them together was actually inspired by the teaming up of both breweries in Portland earlier this month for “The Ultimate Chanukah Beer Release” of these two beers so it seemed fitting to do … Continue reading →

Oregon Beer News, 12/19/2011

Countdown to Christmas! Here’s the beer news for Oregon for Monday, December 19th. I’ll be updating the news throughout the day, if you have something to share feel free to contact me and I’ll post it. Since we’re in the Christmas countdown—only six more days!—you may of course be looking for beery gifts to purchase to put under the tree of the beer people in your life. To that end, Bend Brewing (Bend) has posted a … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 19: Abita Christmas Ale

Today’s beer pick comes from the oldest brewery in the American southeast: Abita Christmas Ale from Abita Brewing. Founded in 1986, Abita is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and is Louisiana’s premier craft brewery, located 30 miles north of New Orleans. Their Christmas Ale is a 5.5% abv holiday treat with a piney hoppy character that calls to mind the family Christmas tree—that is to say, rather than the “traditional” spiciness that many brewers … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 18: Terminal Gravity Festivale

Today’s beer pick comes from Terminal Gravity Brewing in the remote, tiny Oregon town of Enterprise: their Festivale, a strong ale brewed to 8.3% alcohol by volume. Terminal Gravity’s Festivale is in the style of British strong or “old” ales.  We brewed it to be fairly dry so that it is completely drinkable and not cloying.  It has huge and complex malt and hops flavors with a nice little alcoholic warmth in the finish.  The … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 17: Moerlein Christkindl

Today’s beer selection comes from the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio: their Christkindl Winter Warmer Ale. Cincinnati has a rich German heritage which is reflected in the Moerlein beers, and Christkindl is no exception: the name literally means “Christmas” in German (as does “Weihnacht”). This is a malty and sweetly rich Winter Warmer, weighing in at 6.95% alcohol by volume. Their description: You’ve discovered Moerlein Christkindl – a Winter Warmer inspired by the … Continue reading →