Category Archives: Beer Advent Calendar

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 14: Sprecher Winter Brew

Today’s Advent beer pick comes from one of Wisconsin’s oldest craft breweries, Sprecher Brewing and their Winter Brew, a 5.75% alcohol Bock available through February. A flavorful blend of dark roasted and sweet caramel malts defines this smooth and robust lager. The rich, nourishing flavors of a full-bodied Munich bock make this Bavarian-style brew perfect for those long winter nights. Randy’s Notes: “Winter brew is a Munich style dunkel bock of much repute among those … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 13: Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve

Today’s Advent beer pick finds us in Oregon and one of the older and well-established craft breweries in the country, Rogue Ales. Rogue was founded in 1988 in Ashland and in the 90s moved to Newport on the Oregon Coast and today they have their own mini “beer empire” with multiple brewing and pub locations, a distillery, and even their own farm and barley farm. Accordingly today’s beer pick is Rogue’s Santa’s Private Reserve, a … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 12: Augustiner Bräu Christmas Bock Bier

Today we continue around the Continent from France to visit Austria and the Augustiner Bräu Kloster Mülln brewery, founded in Salzburg at Mülln by Augustinian monks in 1621. They brew and bottle only three beers: a year-round Märzenbier, a Lenten Beer (or Fastenbier) during Lent at Easter time, and their Christmas Bock Bier (Weihnachts-Bockbier) which is the Advent pick for today. Christmas time is also a special time for beer drinkers – particularly so in Salzburg. This is demonstrated year after … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 11: Fleurac Bière De Noël

Today we visit France to explore the beer from a relatively-new brewery, La Brasserie de Fleurac, opened in 2008. Fleurac’s inspiration in their brewing stems from multiple sources—Belgium and the U.S. among them (their La Blonde is a California-inspired pale ale, for instance, spiced with elder flowers), and offer a line-up worth seeking out. Accordingly the pick for today is their La Bière de Noël (alternatively Bière d’Hiver, “Winter Beer”) which is based on their Tripel … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 10: Goose Island Sixth Day

Today’s Advent beer pick is something old and something new from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewing Company: Sixth Day, which was formerly their Christmas Ale. This is a seasonal classic and each year the recipe changes; over the last several years the Christmas Ale has been getting stronger, culminating in this year’s Sixth Day which is 8.3% abv. At that strength this is effectively an Imperial Brown Ale, brewed in the English style, and should cellar … Continue reading →