ReviewsBeer of the Week: Bend Brewing Sno’d In Winter Ale

Consider the weather we’ve been hit with in Oregon these past couple of weeks—here in Bend, schools have been closed more in 2017 than they were in the past 20 years—what could be a more appropriate beer for this week than Bend Brewing Company‘s Sno’d In Winter Ale? Bend Brewing … Continue reading

ReviewsTuesday Tastings: Winter Warmers and Holiday Cider

This week’s Tuesday Tastings is holiday themed, with a pair of classic Northwest Winter Warmers, Deschutes Jubelale and Pyramid Snow Cap and a holiday cider offering from McMenamins, Crangerine Dream.

Marketing/PRReceived: 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

Received: 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

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 9: Young’s Winter Warmer

Today we visit England for our Advent beer pick, specifically Wells and Young’s Brewing Company where in the past I’ve featured both their Christmas Ale and Christmas Pudding Ale. However this year the featured beer is their Young’s Winter Warmer. Winter Warmer is the definitive winter beer and is a long-time … Continue reading

McMenamins 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

Advent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 3: Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale

Asheville, North Carolina is a bright star on the craft beer scene that’s been growing brighter in recent years, so much so that Charlie Papazian’s annual “Beer City USA” poll routinely sees Asheville ranked among the best beer cities in the country, not to mention the fact that both Sierra … Continue reading

Advent 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

Deschutes 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

Advent 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