Tag Archives: Christmas beer

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 20: Avery Old Jubilation Ale

For today I picked a classic holiday ale from Colorado’s Avery Brewing, one sure to help capture the spirit of the season: Old Jubilation Ale. Avery calls this an English Old Ale, but to my mind at 8.3% alcohol this is really approaching a Barleywine—a lovely sipping beer to enjoy by the hearth when the snow is falling outside. Our winter strong ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 19: Engel Weihnachtsbier

Today’s beer pick comes from the Engel Brewery (Biermanufaktur Engel) in Germany and is named for the German word for Christmas, Weihnachten: Engel Weihnachtsbier. Interestingly enough, I cannot find much information about this beer online (on the ratings sites, for instance), but this is a 5.5% winter lager (“festival beer”) their English page describes as: Strong flavour with markedly malty body, pleasant sweet touch with well integrated bitter, with clear, softly lingering malty character, a strong … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 18: Thiriez Bière De Noël

Today’s Advent pick comes from France, from Brasserie Thiriez located in the town of Esquelbecq, north near the Belgian border. Thiriez was founded in 1996 and is “situated on the grounds that formerly housed the Poitevin farm brewery, which was active and served the local area until 1945″ (according to Wikipedia). Each year they brew their Christmas ale—Bière De Noël, brewed to 5.8% abv and which may be in the tradition of a stronger brown … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 17: Jolly Roger Christmas Ale

Maritime Pacific Brewing Company opened in 1990 in Seattle, Washington’s Ballard district, adopting a seafaring theme as a salute to Seattle’s maritime history. In 1997 they opened the Jolly Roger Taproom named, as they say, “in honor of our most popular holiday brew”: Jolly Roger Christmas Ale. Appropriately the taproom is decked out in pirate flair; as for the beer: The most eagerly anticipated of all our seasonals, Jolly is a truly original holiday brew … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 16: He’Brew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer

Today is the start of the eight-day Hanukkah celebration and to commemorate the holiday I selected a beer from Shmaltz Brewing, known for their He’Brew line of beers: Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer. It’s a dark American strong ale, brewed with eight malts and eight hops to (you guessed it) 8% abv. After 18 years of Shmaltz (and over 2000 years of Hanukkah tradition), we thought it was finally time to release a beer specifically to celebrate … Continue reading →