Monthly Archives: December 2013

Recently received beers

I hadn’t yet gotten to blogging about these arrivals, with the holidays and more-or-less taking “time off” from the blog, but these two beer packages came recently: The ostensibly-2014 edition of Deschutes Brewery‘s Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, just-released and tasting awfully fresh. An eight-pack of beer from Portland Brewing, containing two 22-ounce bottles each of MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale, IPA, BlackWatch Cream Porter, and Royal Anne Cherry Stout. I’m looking forward to drinking all of … Continue reading →

Merry Christmas and Hoppy Holidays!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a very safe and happy holiday, with lots of good beer, good friends and family!

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 24: Anchor Christmas Ale

Today is the final day of the Beer Advent Calendar! And if you’ve made it all the through today, you’re treated with today’s beer pick, Anchor Christmas Ale—a beer I’ve featured every single year as I consider Anchor’s annual Our Special Ale to perfectly embody the spirit of the season and set the stage for the modern craft brewing “holiday beer” tradition. Every year since 1975 the brewers of Anchor SteamĀ® Beer have brewed a … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 23: Santa Fe Chicken Killer Barley Wine

Today is my birthday, and has been my tradition each year on the Beer Advent Calendar, I get a bit self-indulgent and pick a special beer “for myself” to share with everyone. For today’s birthday/Advent beer I’ve picked one out that I’ve never had (it doesn’t get distributed in Oregon) but is one that Stan has written about on occasion, one which I would very much like to try: the award-winning Chicken Killer Barley Wine … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 22: North Coast Old Stock Ale

For today’s Advent beer pick we head to the beautiful, rugged, and isolated northern California coast in the city of Fort Bragg to find North Coast Brewing, one of the “Old Guard” of American’s craft breweries, founded in 1988. While they don’t brew a seasonal holiday beer per se, their Old Stock Ale fits the spirit of the season perfectly—a strong and rich Old Ale brewed to nearly 12% alcohol, brewed with the intent of … Continue reading →