Category Archives: Beer Advent Calendar

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 24: Anchor Christmas Ale

Today is the final day of the Beer Advent Calendar! And if you’ve made it all the through today, you’re treated with today’s beer pick, Anchor Christmas Ale—a beer I’ve featured every single year as I consider Anchor’s annual Our Special Ale to perfectly embody the spirit of the season and set the stage for the modern craft brewing “holiday beer” tradition. Every year since 1975 the brewers of Anchor SteamĀ® Beer have brewed a … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 23: Santa Fe Chicken Killer Barley Wine

Today is my birthday, and has been my tradition each year on the Beer Advent Calendar, I get a bit self-indulgent and pick a special beer “for myself” to share with everyone. For today’s birthday/Advent beer I’ve picked one out that I’ve never had (it doesn’t get distributed in Oregon) but is one that Stan has written about on occasion, one which I would very much like to try: the award-winning Chicken Killer Barley Wine … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 22: North Coast Old Stock Ale

For today’s Advent beer pick we head to the beautiful, rugged, and isolated northern California coast in the city of Fort Bragg to find North Coast Brewing, one of the “Old Guard” of American’s craft breweries, founded in 1988. While they don’t brew a seasonal holiday beer per se, their Old Stock Ale fits the spirit of the season perfectly—a strong and rich Old Ale brewed to nearly 12% alcohol, brewed with the intent of … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 21: Anderson Valley Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice, the longest night/shortest day of the year (here in the Northern Hemisphere) and the first official day of winter. Accordingly today’s Advent beer pick is a classic and tasty Winter Warmer that appeared way back in 2005 for the first year of the Beer Advent Calendar: Anderson Valley Winter Solstice. This is a rich, malty beer at 6.9% alcohol by volume that is the perfect accompaniment to today’s Midwinter celebration. … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 20: New Holland Cabin Fever

Going into the longest night of the year tonight, it can be easy to feel cooped up by the short days and blowing snow, which makes today’s Advent beer pick especially appropriate: New Holland Cabin Fever, a 6% abv brown ale. Based in Michigan, New Holland knows a thing or two about those long winters; of this beer they write, “Cabin Fever is a roasty brown ale and a hearty, comforting companion for long, mind-bending … Continue reading →