We touched on Santa Claus very briefly in a roundabout way back on the 6th (St. Nicholas Day, with St. Nicholas being a northern European precursor/version of Santa), but the Beer Advent Calendar hasn’t yet featured a Santa-themed beer. Three Floyds Brewing from Munster, Indiana to the rescue with their Alpha Klaus, a hugely popular “Santa” beer that is a comfortable 6% abv and reflects the brewery’s unique spin on the season. Alpha Klaus is … Continue reading →
Tag Archives: Porter
Last week McMenamins sent me a fresh bottle of their Black Widow Porter, their Halloween seasonal that hits the taps in October. I believe this is the first year that it’s been bottled, and certainly the first time McMenamins has sent (to me, at least) samples for review. I have to say I really like the label, simple yet attractive and done in the McMenamins style that permeates their various pubs and locations. It’s brewed … Continue reading →
This arrived yesterday: McMenamins‘ newly-bottled Black Widow Porter, their Halloween seasonal. It’s also the first time I believe that McMenamins has sent out review samples of their beer (or at least the first time I’ve received one). It’s a porter brewed with licorice and was brewed by every McMenamins brewery for the first time this year, and bottled (obviously).
Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte XXIV: their anniversary ale, an Imperial Porter brewed with dates, figs, chocolate nibs, and 25% aged in bourbon barrels. At 11% alcohol by volume, it is essentially a doubled-up version of regular Black Butte Porter with all those fun additions, and this bottle is the one Deschutes sent me a couple of weeks ago. I’ve also already sampled the XXIV, and wrote a small amount about it (during a vertical with … Continue reading →
Last week I received the three-pack containing each of Widmer‘s “924 Series” of beers, their “special, but accessible, high-end craft beers” that includes the year-round Pitch Black IPA and Nelson Imperial IPA: this package however was highlighting the Brothers’ new Oatmeal Porter, which is brewed using custom-roasted oatmeal from Briess Malting. Jeff has some good thoughts about how remarkable this is—that a major malting company is doing custom orders for a single craft brewer—so I … Continue reading →