Category Archives: Beer Advent Calendar

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 5: Lb. No. 28 Christmas Ale

Today we swoop down into the American Midwest, to Hays, Kansas to visit Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewing Company, who not only earned two medals for their beers at this year’s Great American Beer Festival (gold for their No. 09 American Hefeweizen and silver for their No. 02 American Wheat) but also won the GABF Small Brewpub and Brewer of the Year. Being a brewpub, they do not bottle their beers, which means an in-person … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 4: Gritty McDuff’s Christmas Ale

For today’s beer pick we visit New England and a brewery with arguably one of the best names ever: Gritty McDuff’s. Gritty’s was founded in 1988 as a brewpub in Portland, Maine, (the first brewpub in Maine since Prohibition) and since then has expanded to two other locations, Freeport and Lewiston/Auburn. Among other seasonal specialties they of course brew their eponymous Christmas Ale. Our Christmas Ale is a robust E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) full of holiday … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 3: Baladin Nöel Cafè

For today’s Advent beer pick I wanted to select something not from the U.S. and I realized that by and large, Italy has been fairly under-represented on the Advent calendar and there is some amazing beer being brewed in Italy these days. Naturally the first Italian brewery that comes to mind is Birra Baladin and their lineup of amazingly creative and unique beers. Each year Baladin brews their Nöel beer and in recent years they’ve been varying … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 2: Dunedin Holiday Pharmhouse Ale

Today’s Advent calendar pick comes from the opposite side of the country from yesterday: we go down to Dunedin, Florida to find Florida’s oldest craft brewery, Dunedin Brewery. In past years they have offered up a “Blitzen Ale” as their holiday offering, though this year they’ve done something different: Holiday Pharmhouse Ale. This year we are feeling creative & will be introducing a new holiday beer, replacing our traditional Blitzen Ale. This year on Black … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 1: Big Time Yulefest Christmas Ale

Can you believe it’s the first of December already? The year has flown by and with Thanksgiving arriving later this year it seems like Christmas is nearly upon us (it is!). Of course December means the return of one of my favorite blog features here, the annual Beer Advent Calendar, now in its ninth year! Each day of December up until Christmas I select and highlight an appropriately-themed beer in the manner of the traditional … Continue reading →