Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 19: Wychwood Bah Humbug

On this day 172 years ago, December 19, 1843, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was first published. You know the story—Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Come, on Christmas Eve, thus causing him to change his miserly ways. To commemorate this release, today’s … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 18: West Sixth Christmas Ale

Christmas in Kentucky! That’s where today’s Advent beer pick comes from—West Sixth Brewing in Lexington, Kentucky. And in fact they are in the middle of their own similarly themed event, their 12 Days of Beer, and releasing a special bourbon barrel aged Barleywine—but that’s not today’s pick for the Beer … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 17: Page 24 Bière de Noël

For today’s Advent beer pick we travel to France, and the Page 24 Brewery, part of Brasserie St. Germain. Every year they brew up their Bière de Noël (Christmas beer), a Bière de Garde that comes in at 6.9% alcohol by volume, with specialty malts and all locally-grown French hops. Their description … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 16: Baladin Nöel Cafè

For today’s Beer Advent Calendar pick we travel to Italy to visit the lauded Birra Baladin. For the Christmas season they offer up a strong, coffee-infused specialty: their Nöel Cafè. It’s the beer which Teo dedicates to Christmas. Following our tradition, it is a top fermented, non pasteurized beer, which is … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 15: Lakefront Holiday Spice Lager Beer

We are only ten days away from Christmas! For today’s Beer Advent pick we travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of Lakefront Brewery, established in 1987. Every year they brew up a strong (9.6% abv) lager, their Holiday Spice Lager Beer. Our version of a winter warmer: brewed with cinnamon, orange zest, … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 14: Port City Tidings Ale

For today’s Beer Advent Calendar pick, I selected the Great American Beer Festival “Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year” winner, Port City Brewing out of Alexandria, Virginia. Their “not your typical” holiday ale is a Belgian-style blonde ale named Tidings Ale. Tidings Ale is a … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 13: Pike Auld Acquaintance

For today’s Advent beer pick I’ve selected a beer from a brewery that (surprisingly, to me) I had not featured before in ten years of doing this calendar: Pike Brewing out of Seattle, Washington, established in 1989 beneath the famous Pike Place Market. Their annual “Hoppy Holiday Ale” takes its … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 12: St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

Honestly, when it comes to Christmas beers, it’s hard to get much better than the Belgian traditions and I always comes back to including some of the classics in each year’s Beer Advent Calendar. This year we visit village of Watou, in West Flanders, Belgium, and the Brouwerij St. Bernardus for … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 11: Brooklyn Winter Ale

For today’s Advent beer pick I’ve gone a little old school and selected a beer from New York’s Brooklyn Brewery: their Brooklyn Winter Ale. This is a rich, Scottish-style ale brewed to 6.1% abv with a malt bill that just sounds delicious: Scottish Floor-malted Maris Otter, English crystal malts, Belgian Aromatic … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 10: Carlsberg Tuborg Julebryg

For today’s Advent beer pick we head over to Denmark to the not inconsiderable Carlsberg Group, which brews a Christmas beer under one of their brands, Tuborg Julebryg, that has grown into quite an annual affair! The beer itself is a 5.6% abv Pilsner, and is described as: Tuborg Christmas brew … Continue reading