Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 6: Batemans Rosey Nosey

Today we’re skipping back across the pond to Merry Old England to select a whimsical Winter Warmer from Batemans Brewery: Rosey Nosey. Featuring a red-nosed Santa Claus (though in England they call him Father Christmas) on the label, this lower-middle strength beer is sure to “put a glow into Christmas.” … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 5: Fireside Chat

Here in the United States, December 5th is regarded as Repeal Day—the day the 21st Amendment to our Constitution was ratified, which repealed the 18th Amendment—thus ending the “Noble Experiment” of Prohibition in the U.S. To commemorate the anniversary I decided to pick a beer from San Francisco’s 21st Amendment … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 4: Jewbelation 14

Today’s pick comes from Brewed for Thought‘s and the Hop Press‘ Mario Rubio, and he’s selected a beer that’s perfect for Hanukkah. Mario lends a hand again this year with the Advent Beer Calendar, and his excellent selection for today is Schmaltz Brewing’s Jewbelation 14: This year’s beer was brewed … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 3: Ebenezer Spiced Ale

Ebenezer Scrooge is the miserly, greedy, misanthropic main character of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, who after being visited by three Ghosts of Christmas repents his ways and embraces the Christmas spirit with generosity and kindness. As iconic a Christmas-related character as you’ll find in literature, there are a handful … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 2: Glacier Brewhouse Cherry XXXMas

One of things I really enjoy about the Advent Beer Calendar is finding and highlighting beers from breweries that you might not have otherwise heard of—and today’s selection is one of those. Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage, Alaska, brews Cherry XXXMas, a big Christmas Doppelbock infused with fruit (besides cherries, they … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 1: St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

Amazingly enough, December has rolled around again and it brings one of my favorite times of the year, both in regards to beer and to the holiday season. As is tradition here at The Brew Site, December also heralds the Beer Advent Calendar—now in its sixth(!) iteration. I love doing … Continue reading

Christmas in July: Climax Noel

My local Whole Foods still has bottles of Eel River Brewing‘s Belgian Christmas beer, Climax Noel, in the cooler (albeit on sale) so I picked one up to review this week. According to the label it’s a Belgian Imperial Red Ale, 9% alcohol by volume, and is certified organic. Appearance: … Continue reading

Christmas in July: 2 Turtle Doves

Even though they’re only a couple of years old, The Bruery in Southern California is the current darling of the Brewinati (did I just make up that word?), and everyone online was raving about their 2 Turtle Doves over the holidays—the second in their ambitious “12 Days (Beers) of Christmas” … Continue reading

Christmas in July: 25 Dodici

25 Dodici is another beer I’d featured on last year’s Advent Calendar: a strong Winter Warmer from Birra del Borgo in Italy, which I speculated had not been actually brewed since 2008. I must have been wrong about that, because imagine my surprise when this beer popped up at Whole … Continue reading