Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 18: Thiriez Bière De Noël

Today’s Advent pick comes from France, from Brasserie Thiriez located in the town of Esquelbecq, north near the Belgian border. Thiriez was founded in 1996 and is “situated on the grounds that formerly housed the Poitevin farm brewery, which was active and served the local area until 1945″ (according to Wikipedia). Each year they brew their Christmas ale—Bière De Noël, brewed to 5.8% abv and which may be in the tradition of a stronger brown … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 17: Jolly Roger Christmas Ale

Maritime Pacific Brewing Company opened in 1990 in Seattle, Washington’s Ballard district, adopting a seafaring theme as a salute to Seattle’s maritime history. In 1997 they opened the Jolly Roger Taproom named, as they say, “in honor of our most popular holiday brew”: Jolly Roger Christmas Ale. Appropriately the taproom is decked out in pirate flair; as for the beer: The most eagerly anticipated of all our seasonals, Jolly is a truly original holiday brew … Continue reading →

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 →