Today’s Beer Advent Calendar picks takes us to Germany to Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe, a Bavarian brewery with a long history, originally founded by monks in 1050 according to Shelton Brothers (who import their beer into the United States). It was given over to the private Winkler family in 1803 who carried on the brewing tradition, and “Today, there are still services in the chapel, and Urban Winkler, who represents the youngest generation in a line of family brewers, still makes beer in the traditional way.”
Monk’s Christkindl (“Christ Child” the traditional Christmas gift-bringer in Germany) is a 6.5% abv Bock styled lager, with the following description from Shelton Brothers:
For centuries, German brewers have crafted special beers to celebrate Christmas (Weihnachten) and the coming of winter.
Expressions of holiday cheer, as well as sustenance during the darkest days of the year, these festive brews have always been a bit maltier and richer than typical year-round beers. Every December, The brewers of Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe welcome merrymakers to the grounds of the monastery. For those stranded elsewhere during the holidays, savoring this special dark lager is the next best thing to being there.