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. Francis School on their 11th birthday beer sampler; it’s a tasty beer and definitely a seasonal local favorite. Looking forward to drinking this bottle.
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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 Young’s favourite. Winter Warmer is 100% malt brew, with Maris Otter and Crystal malt combining Fuggle and Golding hops. Young’s unique cane sugar mix is … Continue reading →
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, last night I opened up the two Kris Kringles that I picked up on Friday from McMenamins Old St. Francis School, to do a side-by-side … Continue reading →
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 Nevada and New Belgium Brewing are planning major expansions there. So it’s only fitting that at least one Asheville beer is selected for the Advent … Continue reading →
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 often made with ale, wine or cider, and spices. For me the wassail, hot spiced ale is one of the most traditional Christmas drinks (right up … Continue reading →