Monthly Archives: December 2012

Advent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 17: Geary’s Winter Ale

If I were to ask what your concept of a “classical” or “traditional” Christmas were to be, what would come to mind? For myself, it’s probably the idea of Christmas in New England, with snow falling outside, candles in the windows of the Colonial style homes, roaring fires in huge hearths, trees decorated with popcorn on thread, and so on. Something akin to the imagery usually depicted with “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and I … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 16: Schlafly Christmas Ale

When you think of “beer” and “St. Louis, Missouri” the first thing that comes to mind probably doesn’t have much to do with Christmas or (necessarily) craft beer. But St. Louis has been becoming more and more known in recent years as a craft beer destination, thanks to a number of independent breweries and brewpubs that have been springing up—the first among these being Schlafly Beer, which was the “first new brewpub to open in Missouri … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 15: Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws

From Winter Warmers to spiced specialties to IPAs to strong Belgian ales, Christmas beers are offered up in a variety of styles to celebrate the holidays, and sometimes nothing is more comforting that a big, old-school, malty, warming barleywine: the perfect Christmas Eve tipple by the fire, after the meal is over and presents are out and you’re waiting for Santa Claus. In that vein today’s pick is Doggie Claws, an 11.5% abv Christmas barleywine … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 14: Gouden Carolus Christmas

The Belgian brewers have a strong tradition of brewing up special Christmas beers (bières de Noël), often special stronger ales than the brewery’s usual lineup, and many are spiced to evoke the tastes and aromas of the holidays. (Of course, American brewers have long adopted this same tradition with their own beers!) Belgium is even home to an annual Christmas Beer Festival that is taking place this weekend, in its 18th year I believe, and … Continue reading →