Yearly Archives: 2014

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 16: He’Brew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer

Today is the start of the eight-day Hanukkah celebration and to commemorate the holiday I selected a beer from Shmaltz Brewing, known for their He’Brew line of beers: Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer. It’s a dark American strong ale, brewed with eight malts and eight hops to (you guessed it) 8% abv. After 18 years of Shmaltz (and over 2000 years of Hanukkah tradition), we thought it was finally time to release a beer specifically to celebrate … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 15: Atwater Lebkuchen Christmas Ale

Today’s beer Advent pick comes from Detroit and the Atwater Brewery. Atwater got its start in 1997 and each year brews a Winter Bock seasonal; this year however they also released their Lebkuchen Christmas Ale (with a label design reminiscent of an ugly Christmas sweater). Lebkuchen is brewed to 6.5% abv with Maris Otter malt and spiced, and is inspired by the German Christmas treat Lebkuchen (think of it as similar to fruitcake). Here’s a … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 14: Samuel Adams White Christmas

I can’t help but get Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (as sung by Bing Crosby) stuck in my head every time I see today’s Advent beer: Samuel Adams White Christmas. Song aside (though it is a great one), the beer itself is, as the name suggests, a Belgian-styled Witbier, though instead of the usual coriander, the brewery opted for a more holiday spiciness. Brewers have long brewed specialty beers for the season, often due to ingredient availability … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 13: Sebago Slick Nick Long Winter Ale

Today’s pick comes from Sebago Brewing in Maine, which was established in 1998 as a brewpub and has since expanded into four brewpubs and a production brewery. They boast a lineup of about 12 regular and seasonal beers, plus a variety of single batch and specialties. Maine is known for its long, cold winters, so appropriately, Sebago’s winter ale is named Slick Nick Long Winter Ale—and I like to think the “Nick” in the name … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 12: Anchor Christmas Ale

Today, the 12th, marks the halfway point for the Beer Advent Calendar, and I’ve chosen one of my favorite Christmas beers for today’s Advent pick—one that has been featured every single year I’ve been doing this calendar: Anchor Christmas Ale. It was first brewed in 1975, and this year is the fortieth annual version! Anchor is considered by some to be America’s first craft brewery since Prohibition, influencing and setting the mold for the small … Continue reading →