Category Archives: Beer Advent Calendar

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 6: Southern Tier Krampus

Today, December 6, is St. Nicholas Day, a festival observed in many European countries that celebrates St. Nicholas as a bringer of gifts to children. “Santa Claus” of course is derived from the St. Nicholas legend, and some of the regional celebrations of St. Nicholas Day are strikingly familiar: children place shoes or boots outside on the night of December 5, and St. Nicholas fills them with sweets and toys if the children have been good. … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 5: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Today, December 5, is Repeal Day, the day we in the U.S. celebrate the Repeal of Prohibition: on December 5, 1933, Utah became the thirty-sixth and final state needed to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment which had enacted national Prohibition starting in 1920. It’s a day to celebrate, and I can’t think of a better beer to celebrate with than one of my all-time favorite holiday beers: Sierra Nevada Celebration … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 4: Delirium Noël

Ten years of the Beer Advent Calendar continues, and I’m wondering if the holidays are a time for seeing pink elephants? If we’re speaking euphemistically, then perhaps, or perhaps not—but with today’s beer pick you definitely will be: Delirium Noël. This is the Christmas version of Delirium Tremens from Belgium’s Brouwerij Huyghe, which is celebrating its 25th year this year (the beer, not the brewery—having launched on December 26, 1989). Delirium Noël is a hefty … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 3: Fyne Ales Holly Daze

Today we hop the pond to find our next Advent calendar pick, and discover a Scottish brewery established in 2001: Fyne Ales. They brew a dark amber Winter Warmer that they describe as: An antidote to Christmas. No strange spices, just a really good stronger beer with a crisp fruity hop flavour and plenty of malt. A refreshing beer to clear the palate. Thus we have Holly Daze, a 5% abv ale brewed with pale … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 2: Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas

For today’s advent beer pick, I doubled up on alcohol from yesterday (5.5% to 10%) and selected a beer from a young brewery gaining much acclaim: Oklahoma’s Prairie Artisan Ales. And, I have to admit I picked this beer simply because I loved the name and couldn’t resist. Thus, we have The Beer That Saved Christmas on our calendar for the day. The Beer That Saved Christmas is described as an Old Ale aged in oak barrels, and … Continue reading →