Category Archives: Beer Advent Calendar

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 9: Young’s Winter Warmer

Today we visit England for our Advent beer pick, specifically Wells and Young’s Brewing Company where in the past I’ve featured both their Christmas Ale and Christmas Pudding Ale. However this year the featured beer is their Young’s Winter Warmer. Winter Warmer is the definitive winter beer and is a long-time Young’s favourite. Winter Warmer is 100% malt brew, with Maris Otter and Crystal malt combining Fuggle and Golding hops. Young’s unique cane sugar mix is … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 8: New Glarus Snowshoe Ale

For today’s Advent beer picked we head towards the upper Midwest to highlight a beer and brewery that hasn’t yet made it onto the Beer Advent Calendar: New Glarus Brewing out of New Glarus, Wisconsin. New Glarus was founded in 1993 and is definitely one of the “must-visit” craft breweries that should be on any beer geek’s list—not only because of their fantastic beers like their Wisconsin Belgian Red but also because those beers are … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 7: Fantôme Spéciale Noël

We go international again for today’s Advent beer pick, visiting one of the great beer countries of the world: Belgium! The Brasserie Fantôme was founded in 1988 in Wallonia by Dany Prignon and focuses on Saisons, and accordingly has a variety of special seasonals offered up in small-batch 750ml cork-finished bottles. Befitting the season naturally today’s beer is their Spéciale Noël, a 10% abv dark spiced Saison. Here’s what Fantôme says of this beer (loosely translated): Dark brown, very … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 6: Gordon Biersch WinterBock

For today’s Advent beer pick we come back out to the West Coast to find a brewery that hasn’t yet made an appearance on the Beer Advent Calendar until now: Gordon Biersch Brewing. With a focus on German-styled beers, Gordon Biersch was opened in 1988 in Palo Alto, California, and has since gone on to open a large number of brewery/restaurants all across the country. Accordingly today’s pick is Gordon Biersch’s WinterBock, a malty 7.5% … Continue reading →