Christmas in July: Winter Hum Bug’r

Portland’s MacTarnahan’s holiday offering is Hum Bug’r: an easy-drinking Porter wrapped up in packaging reminiscent of something you’d see in an indie graphic novel. The “hum bug” part of the name naturally makes you think of Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol—though MacTarnahan’s has someone else in  mind: You know … Continue reading

Christmas in July Week

It’s the last full week of the month so that means it’s time for Theme Week here at The Brew Site! This week I’m being a little rebellious (and a bit lazy) and declaring it Christmas in July Week: all week I’ll be writing up reviews of Christmas beers—yes, some … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 14: Samichlaus

What list of Christmas beers would be complete without including Samichlaus, one of the modern granddaddy’s of them all and at one time a serious contender for the strongest beer in the world (very much surpassed these days)? It’s still billed as the strongest lager in the world and at … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 5: Anchor Christmas Ale

Today’s pick comes from beer writer Jay Brooks, author of the excellent Brookston Beer Bulletin as well as columns for several other publications and blogs. Jay picks a perennial favorite. The original American Christmas beer, at least in modern times, is undoubtedly Anchor Christmas Ale, whose official name is really … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 4: St. Feuillien Cuvée de Noël

You can’t talk about Christmas beers without mentioning the beers of Belgium, and each year I try to make sure to feature several Belgians on the Advent Calendar, so today’s beer pick is likely the first of several: Cuvée de Noël from Brasserie St-Feuillien. Cuvée de Noël is a Strong … Continue reading

Draft Magazine’s 25 Holiday Beers

Draft Magazine is running a daily beer feature for the holidays, similar to the Advent Beer Calendar. I love these kind of beer countdowns, it’s always fun to read other people’s picks on these kind of lists. Thus far they’ve selected BridgePort Ebenezer Ale and Lazy Boy Mistletoe Bliss. I’ll … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 1: Goose Island Christmas Ale

The beer I selected for this first day of December is Goose Island Christmas Ale, a classic Winter Warmer from Chicago. Goose Island proffers up their Christmas Ale in the traditional way: by tweaking the recipe each year. Every year to celebrate the holiday season, we brew up our Christmas … Continue reading