Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 3: Papa Noel’s Olde Ale

Today I selected Papa Noel’s Olde Ale from Alameda Brewhouse. Of it, their website says: Papa Noel’s has a pleasing sweetness from its higher-than-normal alcoholic content, and from its complex malt foundation. This sweetness is balanced by a hint of roasted flavor, as well as a mellow bitterness imparted by … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 2: Bison Gingerbread Ale

Today’s pick is Bison Brewing‘s Gingerbread Ale. (Insert "run run run just as fast as you can!" joke here.) This sounds really good to me… on their site, they describe it as: Our spiced holiday porter is brewed with ginger, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon, yielding the aroma of … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 1: Anchor Christmas Ale

It’s time for the Beer Advent Calendar again! Each day from the first through the twenty-fourth I pick a different holiday-themed beer. All for fun, of course, but wouldn’t it be cool if there was a beer-of-the-month club-type service that did this for real? I’m starting this year as I … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 24 (Final!): Samichlaus

Well, for the final day on the Advent Calendar, it’s Samichlaus, of course! "Samichlaus" means Santa Claus, so I can’t think of a better beer for our final day and for Christmas Eve. I’ve written about it before, so it’s no surprise I think highly of this beer. In general, … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 23: Gritty McDuff’s Christmas Ale

I picked today’s beer simply because I liked the name: Gritty McDuff’s Christmas Ale. I don’t really know much else about it, but the website says: Our Christmas Ale is a robust E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) full of holiday cheer. Christmas Ale has a lovely, dark red/amber color and a … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 22: Holiday Spice Lager

Today’s beer is Holiday Spice Lager from Lakefront Brewery in Wisconsin. You don’t see too many lagers as holiday beers (or at least, I haven’t come across many while doing this), especially one as potent as this: brewed with honey, oranges and spices, it weighs in at an astounding 9.5% … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 21: Old Jubilation Ale

Today’s nod goes to Old Jubilation Ale from Avery Brewing Company in Colorado. It’s a big beer; at 8% alcohol by volume, the site says it’s "cellarable" for two years. My kind of beer! Sounds like a winner, too: the website describes "a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 20: Boulevard Nutcracker Ale

Sorry for the late post! Since it’s late, it’ll be a shorter one, too. Today I picked Boulevard Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. It looks to be a medium-amber winter warmer, at 6.1% alcohol. Their website says it’s a "classic winter ale, deep amber in … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 19: La Choulette de Noël

I picked today’s beer based on a glowing review by Alan of A Good Beer Blog: La Choulette De Noël. However, this won’t be a beer for the faint of heart, I think; Alan writes: Dark copper ale under an off-white creamy rich head. The aroma is horse blanket which … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 18: Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale

Back to America again with today’s beer, Anderson Valley‘s Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale. I’ve enjoyed Anderson Valley’s beer in the past (they brew a good amber), but haven’t had this one. They say: Luscious, creamy, smooth, and warming, this medium bodied ale is brewed with Caramel and crystal malts to … Continue reading