BeersReceived: Pyramid Snow Cap

Arrived this past holiday week: Pyramid Brewing‘s annual classic winter warmer, Snow Cap: This year is Snow Cap’s 30th anniversary—quite a milestone for any beer!—and in addition to classic Snow Cap, the brewery is releasing Super Snow Cap (8.7% abv) and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Snow Cap (10%). Unfortunately while I did … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: McMenamins Kris Kringle (2015)

Just in time for the weekend, this year’s edition of McMenamins’ Christmas seasonal ale, Kris Kringle, arrived on Friday the 13th—coinciding neatly with the official release date. The bottled beers from McMenamins come from their Edgefield brewery, but on Saturday I also had the local version at the Old St. … Continue reading

ReviewsMcMenamins Kris Kringle: Draft vs. bottle

This is the time of year that the winter seasonal beers start appearing in earnest, just in time for the holiday season and chill weather to roll in, and many of these holiday beers are favorites for me—I always look forward to them coming out (though not too early). Accordingly, … Continue reading

Beer Advent CalendarAdvent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 2: Full Sail Wassail

One of the long-lasting Yuletide traditions hearkening back to England is the practice of wassailing, more modernly known as caroling: going door-to-door singing Christmas carols and the hopes of receiving figgy pudding and “good cheer” which actually meant wassail, which (of course!) refers to the hot, mulled punch that is … Continue reading

ReviewsDeschutes Jubelale (2012)

Deschutes Brewery‘s seasonal Winter Warmer, Jubelale, is one of my all-time favorite seasonal beers, and most years I wax rhapsodic about it and this year is no different. Yes, I know it’s only mid-September and this (and other such seasonals) should really be making their appearance in November, but unfortunately … Continue reading

Beer Advent CalendarAdvent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 2: Boulevard Nutcracker Ale

The Christmas season is the traditional time (and setting) for the popular ballet The Nutcracker, and so today’s pick is, accordingly, Boulevard Brewing’s Nutcracker Ale: a rich, malty Winter Warmer that is 5.8% alcohol by volume. Boulevard describes it thusly: Nutcracker Ale is Boulevard’s holiday gift for real beer lovers. … Continue reading

ReviewsJubelale (2010)

This week is the official Deschutes Brewery release of their annual Winter Warmer, Jubelale (the release party at the Portland Pub was yesterday, and the Bend Pub is hold their release party today at 5:30), so to coincide with that I opened up one of the bottles they had sent … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Deschutes Jubelale

It’s seems a bit early for Christmas, but Deschutes Brewery sent me something anyway: three bottles of the 2009 edition Jubelale, their Winter Warmer. And, what might be an exclusive: first pictures(?) of this year’s label, which I haven’t seen anywhere yet. I knew the beer was being brewed, but … Continue reading