Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 24: Samichlaus Schwarzes

Today is the final day of the Beer Advent Calendar for 2015! Happy Christmas Eve everyone! For today’s final beer I’ve gone with a twist on an old classic: Samichlaus Schwarzes from Austria’s Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, a Schwarzbier version of their Samichlaus Classic Doppelbock, a 14% abv lager brewed once … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 23: Gigantic MASSIVE!

Today is the penultimate day of the Beer Advent Calendar, and it is also my birthday! Because of that I always self-indulge a bit for the 23rd day of the calendar and select a beer that I personally would like to drink rather than a strict Christmas-themed beer. Accordingly, today … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 22: Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome

Happy Solstice! Today is the Winter Solstice, the official first day of winter (and the shortest day of the year), so I thought what better way to welcome in the season than with a classic ale that—for me, at least—help introduce the concept of the Winter Warmer: Samuel Smith’s Winter … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 21: Parallel 49 Black Christmas CDA

We are getting close to the end, with Christmas day only four days away! Today’s Advent beer pick comes from British Columbia, Canada, and Parallel 49 Brewing in Vancouver: one of their “rarities,” Black Christmas CDA. Normally “CDA” would stand for Cascadian Dark Ale, but Parallel 49 plays with it … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 20: Meadowlark Snowflake Gingerbread Ale

Few sweet treats go with the holidays as well as gingerbread, so it’s always a treat to find an accompanying gingerbread-inspired beer to enjoy as well. Today’s Advent pick accordingly comes from Sidney, Montana, and Meadowlark Brewing: their Snowflake Gingerbread Ale. The brewery has only been open since 2014 so … Continue reading

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