Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 9: Noël des Géants

Today’s beer pick comes from Brasserie des Géants in Wallonia, the French speaking half of Belgium: Noël des Géants, or literally “Christmas of the Giants.” The brewery adopts its “Giants” name from the medieval castle in the town of Irchonwelz in which it is housed, drawn from the feature of the large … Continue reading

Oregon Beer News, 12/08/2011

Here’s the news for Oregon beer for Thursday, December 8th. As usual I’ll be updating throughout the day, contact me if you have news to share. Cascade Brewing (Portland) is holding a 4-year vertical tasting of the Sang Noir today starting at 4pm, to celebrate the release of the 2010 … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 8: Sly Fox Christmas Ale

Today’s beer pick comes from the great beer state of Pennsylvania: Sly Fox Christmas Ale. I first featured this beer way back on the original 2005 Beer Advent Calendar and I thought it was high time it made another appearance. As with many Christmas seasonals, each year the beer is … Continue reading

Oregon Beer News, 12/07/2011

Here’s the beer news from around Oregon for Wednesday the 7th of December. Mid-week seems to be a slower time for news but there are still plenty of things going on across the state. I’ll be updating throughout the day so contact me if you have something you’d like to … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 7: Southern Tier Old Man Winter

As the cold weather descends and the prospect of snow looms with the winter, it only seems fitting to turn to a beer named Old Man Winter, from Southern Tier Brewing, and thus that is our Advent Calendar pick of the day. Subtitled “a liquid winter wonderland,” this is how … Continue reading

Oregon Beer News, 12/06/2011

Here’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, December 6th. Apropos of nothing, today is Saint Nicholas Day, which is a great reason to enjoy a holiday beer (as if you needed a reason!). I’ll be updating news throughout the day, so contact me if you have something to share … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 6: Harvey’s Christmas Ale

Today’s beer is the venerable Harvey’s Christmas Ale from Lewes, England. Harvey & Son (the brewery) dates back to the late eighteenth century, and their Christmas Ale has been brewed seasonally for over a quarter of a century and started winning awards in 1992. It’s a dark Barleywine that is, … Continue reading

Oregon Beer News, 12/05/2011

Happy Monday, and Happy Repeal Day! That’s right, today, December 5th, is the day the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, repealing Prohibition (and the 18th Amendment). More on that later; let’s see what’s going on in Oregon beer this week. As usual, I’ll be updating this page … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 5: Cigar City Sugar Plum Brown Ale

Today’s beer comes from Florida’s most talked-about brewery, Cigar City Brewing, and perfectly fits into their lineup of big, expressive, unusual beers: Sugar Plum Brown Ale. This is a brown ale brewed with generous amounts of spices to 5.5% alcohol by volume. Cigar City Brewing’s official celebration of Christmas. A … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 4: Jenlain Bière De Noël

Today’s beer comes from the venerable Brasserie Duyck in France: Jenlain Bière De Noël. This is a Christmastime Bière de Garde style of beer, brewed darker than the Brewery’s flagship Ambrée, 6.8% alcohol by volume, and is rich, spicy, and flavorful—indeed I found hints of bubblegum in the flavor and … Continue reading