Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 19: Hibernation Ale

Today’s beer has been Great Divide Brewing Company‘s winter ale for a decade and a half, the award-winning Hibernation Ale. An English-style Old Ale, I noted with interested that pre-2009 vintages of Hibernation were 8.1% alcohol by volume, but since 2009 this went up to 8.7%. (Usually you’d expect to … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 18: Thomas Becket Bière De Noël

Today’s pick is a French beer, hailing from Brasserie Larché in north-central France: Thomas Becket Bière de Noël. (Also referred to as Le Brassin de Noël on the website.) This Christmas Beer is 6.5% alcohol by volume, and the brewery says (loosely translated): Brassin Christmas is the heir to a … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 17: Santa’s Smokin’

Up in the small Washington town of Gig Harbor (the “gateway to the Olympic Peninsula”) lives 7 Seas Brewing, open a year and a half and selling their beer in cans around the Seattle and Puget Sound area. This year they released Santa’s Smokin’ Winter Warmer, a 7.5% holiday ale … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 16: Gift of the Magi

Today’s pick comes from beer writer Stan Hieronymus, author of the recently released Brewing with Wheat and who blogs at Appellation Beer. Stan selected The Lost Abbey’s Gift of the Magi and writes: Given the amount of grief the witches’ community brought down on Lost Abbey Brewing for the label … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 15: SweetWater Festive Ale

Today’s pick comes from SweetWater Brewing in Atlanta, Georgia: Festive Ale. SweetWater has been brewing since the late 90s and each year produces this 8.5% ABV spiced Winter Warmer. Winter Coat Season – A strong ale brewed with generous amounts of rich malt, coupled with a taint of cinnamon and … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 14: Baden Baden Christmas Beer

Today’s pick is inspired from a post from Hop Press contributor Raphael Rodrigues introducing South America’s Baden Baden Brewery and their Christmas Beer. Just over a decade old, Baden Baden is located in Campos Do Jordão in the state of São Paulo (and is just over 100 miles from the … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 12: Corsendonk Christmas Ale

Today’s pick is another highly-rated holiday ale from Belgium: Corsendonk Christmas Ale, a dark and spicy strong ale at 8.5% alcohol by volume. It makes its appearance for the holiday season starting in November and the brewery describes it thusly: For this reddish brown Christmas beer, the Corsendonk brewer uses … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 11: Telegraph Winter Ale

Today’s beer is another selection from Mario at Brewed for Thought. Mario has selected an ale from Telegraph Brewing that was inspired by Mexican hot chocolate. Telegraph’s Winter Ale starts with an aroma of roasted malts and allspice. A sweetness is balanced by a roasted malt and dry cinnamon flavor … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 10: Hopworks Abominable Winter Ale

Today’s beer pick comes from Portland blogger Jeff Alworth, author of the top-ranked Beervana blog. Jeff has selected a new winter favorite from Hopworks Urban Brewery. When we think of Christmas ales, our minds turn to the burnished, sweet, and alcoholic.  Liquid sugarplums.  In the winter, we need hearty comfort … Continue reading