Advent Beer Calendar: Day 17: Mahr’s Christmas Bock

I didn’t realize until today that I hadn’t included any German beers on the Beer Advent Calendar… so I’ll rectify that now. Mahr‘s Christmas Bock is today’s selection. Based on the BeerAdvocate profile (the website is all German, with no English that I can find), this is a malty maibock … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 16: Santa’s Private Reserve

Today we have Santa’s Private Reserve from the incomparable Rogue Brewery here in Oregon. This beer is essentially a double-hopped St. Rogue Red, including "a mystery hop called Rudolph". But don’t let that fool you; if you find this beer, you’ll be in for a treat. It scores 87 on … Continue reading

Best beers in the world?

Kind of a provocative title… but that’s what Men’s Journal has published: Best Beers in the World. It’s a bold list; I don’t know about their categorization (Lagers & Pilsners, Ales & Bitters, Belgian Beers, Dark Beers and Summer Beers)—I’d be more inclined to rate based on actual style (best … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 15: Old Fezziwig Ale

We’re over halfway to Christmas and through the Beer Advent Calendar… today I picked Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale. It’s not a beer you find on its own anymore, but in Sam Adams’ Winter Classics 12-packs. According to the web site, this is the "Christmas cookie of beer," brewed with … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 14: Full Sail Wassail

Ahh, Full Sail Brewing—one of the flagship breweries of Oregon. And their Wassail is a nice festive selection for today. Wassail is brewed "with four different malts and a blend of imported hops," and has 6.5% alcohol by volume. BeerAdvocate: 86 (out of 100) with 96% thumbs-up. In the interest … Continue reading

The Pivo Site (beer in 78 languages)

Via Hail the Ale! comes this fun link: Beer in 78 languages. Some artificial languages, too. Arabic — beereh (biræ)Chinese (Mandarin) — pi jiuEsperanto — bieroHawaiian — piaJapanese — biiruRussian — pivo "Pivo" appears not only in Russian, but in Azerbaijani, Croatian, Czech, Macedonian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, and Ukrainian as … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 13: Alaskan Winter Ale

Today I selected the Winter Ale from the always-reliable Alaskan Brewing Company. This beer has the distinguishing quality of being brewed with spruce tips—yes, spruce tips from trees. Why? From the seafaring adventurers of the 1700’s to the homebrewers of today, adding spruce tips to beer has a rich history … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 12: Fantôme Spéciale De Noël

Today’s pick is from Belgium: Fantôme Spéciale De Noël. This monster has 10% alcohol by volume, and this strength is not for the faint of heart—if you don’t like barleywines, it’s probable that you won’t like this, either. Part of the reason I picked it is because I rather liked … Continue reading

Tomato-based beer

Strange, but true: Tomato-based beer now on shelves. I’m not sure what to make of it. Yearlong efforts by a Niigata brewery and a Tokyo izakaya pub owner have finally borne fruit: Their tomato-based, low-malt beer is now on the shelves. Called Tomato Bibere, the reddish brew has a characteristic … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar: Day 11: Seriously Bad Elf

What, you think I’d let Seriously Bad Elf get by without being selected after I’d written about it? This beer’s a whopping 9% alcohol by volume, a "very English interpretation of a Belgian Tripel" according to the link. I can’t vouch for it, though—but I do like the bottle :). … Continue reading