Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 10: De Ranke Père Noël

In French-speaking regions of the world, Père Noël is the Christmas gift-bringer analogous to Santa Claus or Father Christmas (which is in fact the literal translation of “Père Noël”). So it’s a fun play to find a Christmas beer named the same, which is what Belgium’s Brouwerij De Ranke brews each year for the holidays in their De Ranke Père Noël. Père Noël is a Christmas ale, though very different from any other Christmas ales … Continue reading →

A unique beer calendar for 2015

The Bend Brew Daddy, aka Matthew Ward, is a photographer, fellow craft beer geek, and blogger and friend of mine based here in Bend, Oregon, and over the past year he’s been making a name for himself in the local craft beer scene with his stunning beertography. You can follow his Instagram account to see his work, and he sells framed prints as well (and has photos on display at local breweries and beer establishments). … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 9: Burton Bridge Festive Christmas Porter

Burton-upon-Trent in England is one of the great brewing regions of the world, with a long and important history in the world of beer. In 1982, Geoff Mumford and Bruce Wilkinson, both formerly with the Ind Coopes Romford brewery, looked around the scene and saw the great breweries of old being consolidated into multinationals or closing, and decided to open a brewery and pub of their own: Burton Bridge Brewery. Burton Bridge produces a number of traditional ales, … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 8: Olde Hickory Christmas Ale

Today’s Advent beer pick brings us to North Carolina to the Olde Hickory Brewery, established in 1994 in the town of Hickory, situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Olde Hickory brews on a 25-barrel system located in a historic landmark building in downtown Hickory that dates to 1880, and each year brew up their Christmas Ale for the season. They release their Christmas Ale each November and is a Winter Warmer inspired … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 7: Pelican Bad Santa

Today’s Beer Advent Calendar pick comes to us from one of my favorite Oregon breweries, both for the beers and for their incredible location: Pelican Pub & Brewery. Each winter they brew a moderate-strength Cascadian Dark Ale for the holidays: Bad Santa. You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, the brewers at Pelican are telling you why: Bad Santa has arrived! This mysterious dark elixir is filled with complex malt flavors … Continue reading →