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 Friday (Nov 29th) we will release our new Holiday Pharmhouse Ale, a saison brewed with orange peel, cinnamon, & black cherries.
This spiced Saison is 7.3% alcohol by volume, and is released in both bottles and a limited quantity on draft. To me it sounds a bit fruitcake-y, which is of course perfect for the season—though I suspect any bottles you give away won’t be re-gifted over and over again!
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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 Advent calendar, albeit in a bloggy-beer sort of way.
The first Advent beer of 2013 is Big Time Brewery‘s Yulefest Christmas Ale. Big Time is located in Seattle and, founded in 1988, is billed as Seattle’s oldest brewpub. They don’t bottle their beers—most of the 1500 barrels they brew each year are served on-premise, though a few Seattle taverns also carry their beers—so you will need to make a pilgrimage to the Emerald City to enjoy this beer.
Yulefest is a Winter Warmer and described by the brewery as:
As a seasonal answer to the Northwest’s dark and rainy months, our special Christmas Ale is full bodied, reddish brown and moderately strong. The enticing flavor combination of chocolate malt and spicy Northwest hops provide a welcome respite to a long winter’s night. OG 17 plato 1.068 5.2% alcohol by weight.
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A couple of events going on today I wanted to make note of.
First, 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend is holding their 4th annual Pray for Snow party at their Bend Pub from 5 to 9pm tonight, kicking off the winter season in style:
It’s that time again… Time to light up the parking lot and tear it down for our 4th annual PRAY FOR SNOW party here in Bend.
Live music from Seattle’s hottest Ben Union and Boise locals Customary Hip Hop, huge giveaways including ski passes from Mt Bachelor and swag from Powderhouse, Skjersass, Dakine, Backstrap, Aspect. Elk Lake resort, Pine Mountain sports and more!
Free entry, all ages and beer and food at the cash bar outside.
One of the features is the annual “sacrificing of the snowman,” basically burning a wooden “snowman” in effigy to appease the snow gods and bring lots of powder to the mountain. And, plenty of their Pray for Snow winter ale will be consumed as well.
Over in Eugene, Agrarian Ales is celebrating their one-year anniversary today of bringing farmhouse-minded, agrarian-styled beers to the community.
Agrarian has been serving up delicious beer to the community for 365 days! There are many more days of beer drinking, and we have invited the day of Saturday into the tasting room schedule. Delicious pizza will sizzle out of our cob oven and we will be offering 2-3 new beers that have never touched your lips!
Live music: Breakers Yard
Open Saturday 3pm to 8pm (maybe later)
I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about Agrarian since they opened, and one of these days I’ll make the trek to visit them. If you’re in the Eugene area today, be sure to swing by and wish them a happy anniversary and enjoy some of their great beer.
Here is the news in Oregon beer for Wednesday, the 27th of November—the day before Thanksgiving! This will be the final news post of the month as I’m taking the rest of the week(end) off from the news for the holiday (though I may still be generally blogging). Hope everyone has a fantastic Turkey Day! As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
McMenamins Old St. Francis School (Bend) has their special O’Kanes Cask Series Release today at 5pm, featuring a cask-only one-off version of a beer that this month definitely has my attention: Kris Kringle’s Pumpkin Ride. Added to a cask of this year’s Kris Kringle: “Along with all of these gifts the OSF Brewery has added yet another; fresh roasted pumpkin! Mixed in special for this O’Kanes Cask Series release, Kris Kringle takes an unique ride before he heads out on his special sleigh ride in December! Come join us in the celebration of this one of a kind type of present. Happy Holidays from the OSF Brewery!”
And over at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse in Hillsboro, tonight is their Roadhouse Beer Invitational for their Winter Warmer Fest II from 6 to 9pm, featuring four specialty beers on tap, three of which came from other McMenamins breweries. The four beers on tap are: The Commodore’s Reserve Barleywine from the Lighthouse Brewpub in Lincoln City (10.58% abv); The Black Hole Imperial Stout from the Roseburg Brewery (7.35% abv); Death Star 15m from Cornelius Pass (Barleywine aged 15 months, 11.09% abv); and Wee Heavy Strong Scotch Ale from the Crystal Brewery in Portland (7.6% abv). It’s a big beer night not to be missed!
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Here’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, November 26, counting the days until Thanksgiving—can you taste turkey yet? As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often.If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
As we all know the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, and Belmont Station is celebrating with their “BlackER Friday” featuring vertical flights of Deschutes Brewery‘s The Abyss in the Bier Café all day long! “Shopping is SO overrated. Instead of working off your Turkey Day stupor fighting all the holiday shopping crowds or getting into nearly mortal combat with crazed customers at the mall, why not dip into the deep, dark-as-midnight flavors of Deschutes’ The Abyss? (Or maybe you’d prefer to just dive right in?) Either way, all day in the bier cafe, from open to close (or until the kegs blow), we will be pouring vertical flights of The Abyss: 2010, 2011, 2012 (a silver medal winner at the recent Brussels Beer Challenge international beer competition) and 2013. Now that’s a Black Friday we all can get excited about!”
10 Barrel Brewing (Bend): This Saturday, November 30,10 Barrel is holding their 4th annual Pray for Snow party at their Bend pub—kicking off the winter season with a lot of fun! “Live music from Seattle’s hottest Ben Union and Boise locals Customary Hip Hop, huge giveaways including ski passes from Mt Bachelor and swag from Powderhouse, Skjersass, Dakine, Backstrap, Aspect. Elk Lake resort, Pine Mountain sports and more! Free entry, all ages and beer and food at the cash bar outside.” And of course plenty of their Pray for Snow winter beer.
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