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Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 8: Olde Hickory Christmas Ale

Today’s Advent beer pick brings us to North Carolina to the Olde Hickory Brewery, established in 1994 in the town of Hickory, situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Olde Hickory brews on a 25-barrel system located in a historic landmark building in downtown Hickory that dates to 1880, and each year brew up their Christmas Ale for the season. They release their Christmas Ale each November and is a Winter Warmer inspired … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 7: Pelican Bad Santa

Today’s Beer Advent Calendar pick comes to us from one of my favorite Oregon breweries, both for the beers and for their incredible location: Pelican Pub & Brewery. Each winter they brew a moderate-strength Cascadian Dark Ale for the holidays: Bad Santa. You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, the brewers at Pelican are telling you why: Bad Santa has arrived! This mysterious dark elixir is filled with complex malt flavors … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 6: Southern Tier Krampus

Today, December 6, is St. Nicholas Day, a festival observed in many European countries that celebrates St. Nicholas as a bringer of gifts to children. “Santa Claus” of course is derived from the St. Nicholas legend, and some of the regional celebrations of St. Nicholas Day are strikingly familiar: children place shoes or boots outside on the night of December 5, and St. Nicholas fills them with sweets and toys if the children have been good. … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 5: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Today, December 5, is Repeal Day, the day we in the U.S. celebrate the Repeal of Prohibition: on December 5, 1933, Utah became the thirty-sixth and final state needed to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment which had enacted national Prohibition starting in 1920. It’s a day to celebrate, and I can’t think of a better beer to celebrate with than one of my all-time favorite holiday beers: Sierra Nevada Celebration … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 4: Delirium Noël

Ten years of the Beer Advent Calendar continues, and I’m wondering if the holidays are a time for seeing pink elephants? If we’re speaking euphemistically, then perhaps, or perhaps not—but with today’s beer pick you definitely will be: Delirium Noël. This is the Christmas version of Delirium Tremens from Belgium’s Brouwerij Huyghe, which is celebrating its 25th year this year (the beer, not the brewery—having launched on December 26, 1989). Delirium Noël is a hefty … Continue reading →