For today’s Advent beer pick I’ve selected a beer from a brewery that (surprisingly, to me) I had not featured before in ten years of doing this calendar: Pike Brewing out of Seattle, Washington, established in 1989 beneath the famous Pike Place Market. Their annual “Hoppy Holiday Ale” takes its name from the song Auld Lang Syne: Pike Auld Acquaintance.
This year’s version is a tribute to the late Beer Hunter, Michael Jackson.
Pike Auld Acquaintance is a dark and toasty amber ale with refined spices brewed to compliment holiday foods. This festive and flavorful seasonal beer has subtle spices and aromatic orange notes to please your nose and palate. Pike Auld Acquaintance is lower in alcohol than most winter beers so you can enjoy one or two during those long, Northwest winter nights. Hoppy holidays from Pike Brewing Company.
2015’s Pike Auld Acquaintance label honors the venerable beer writer, Michael Jackson. An Englishman, Michael started writing seriously about beer in 1976 and wrote until the time of his death in 2007. He was passionate about introducing people to beers they had yet to try and many people credit him with rekindling interest in beer via his books, articles and TV show. Michael was also one Pike Brewing Company’s Founder and Owner, Charles’, close friends. He christened The Pike Pub as, “a shrine to beer!”