Beer Advent CalendarAdvent Beer Calendar 2016: Day 2: Noël des Géants

For day two of the Advent beer calendar we travel to Belgium to Brasserie des Géants, in Wallonia, the French speaking half of the country, to seek out their Christmas beer (that is imported by Shelton Brothers for the U.S.): Noël des Géants. “Géants” in French means “giants” and the town of Irchonwelz … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 24: Samichlaus Schwarzes

Today is the final day of the Beer Advent Calendar for 2015! Happy Christmas Eve everyone! For today’s final beer I’ve gone with a twist on an old classic: Samichlaus Schwarzes from Austria’s Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, a Schwarzbier version of their Samichlaus Classic Doppelbock, a 14% abv lager brewed once … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 23: Gigantic MASSIVE!

Today is the penultimate day of the Beer Advent Calendar, and it is also my birthday! Because of that I always self-indulge a bit for the 23rd day of the calendar and select a beer that I personally would like to drink rather than a strict Christmas-themed beer. Accordingly, today … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 22: Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome

Happy Solstice! Today is the Winter Solstice, the official first day of winter (and the shortest day of the year), so I thought what better way to welcome in the season than with a classic ale that—for me, at least—help introduce the concept of the Winter Warmer: Samuel Smith’s Winter … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 21: Parallel 49 Black Christmas CDA

We are getting close to the end, with Christmas day only four days away! Today’s Advent beer pick comes from British Columbia, Canada, and Parallel 49 Brewing in Vancouver: one of their “rarities,” Black Christmas CDA. Normally “CDA” would stand for Cascadian Dark Ale, but Parallel 49 plays with it … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 20: Meadowlark Snowflake Gingerbread Ale

Few sweet treats go with the holidays as well as gingerbread, so it’s always a treat to find an accompanying gingerbread-inspired beer to enjoy as well. Today’s Advent pick accordingly comes from Sidney, Montana, and Meadowlark Brewing: their Snowflake Gingerbread Ale. The brewery has only been open since 2014 so … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 19: Wychwood Bah Humbug

On this day 172 years ago, December 19, 1843, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was first published. You know the story—Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Come, on Christmas Eve, thus causing him to change his miserly ways. To commemorate this release, today’s … Continue reading

Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 18: West Sixth Christmas Ale

Christmas in Kentucky! That’s where today’s Advent beer pick comes from—West Sixth Brewing in Lexington, Kentucky. And in fact they are in the middle of their own similarly themed event, their 12 Days of Beer, and releasing a special bourbon barrel aged Barleywine—but that’s not today’s pick for the Beer … Continue reading