What better way to celebrate the holidays than with an assortment of great winter ales? I have my notes on the selections below and will add to this post in the next couple days.
- On the First Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . a beer! It was a HOHO! Winter Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery. A robust ’winter warmer’ ale, ruby brown in color with a sweet, fruity nose. Very hoppy. Balanced with a residual sweetness. Actually mellows out as it warms and the 8.5% ABV becomes more apparent.
- On the Second Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . a beer! It was Deschutes Brewing Company’s 25th Annniversay Jubleale. Jubelale is classified as a “Strong Ale” or an “English Olde Ale.” . Characterized by a very large malt body and pronounced bitterness, Jubelale contains five different varieties of hops and a healthy amount of caramel.
- Third Day of Christmas – Merry Mischief from Samuel Adams. This Gingerbread Stout is pretty overwhelming with spices and deep stoutiness fighting to control the extra helping of alcohol.
- Fourth Day of Christmas – Winter from Alaskan Brewing Company. Light colored winter ale with spruce tips and a caramel
- Fifth Day of Christmas – “Five Golden Sam Adamses” – Why just have one when you can have five? This was a Sam Adams Winter Classic day with Old Fezziwig, Winter Lager, White Christmas, Chocolate Bock and Holiday Porter. Well done by the big guys who still think like a craft brewer.
- Sixth Day of Christmas – Winter Bock from Silver City Brewing.
- Seventh Day of Christmas – Jolly Roger from Maritime Brewing
- Eighth Day of Christmas – Pike Brewing’s Auld Acquaintance
- NInth Day of Christmas – Sleigher from Ninkasi Brewing.
- Tenth Day of Christmas – Winter Fish from Fish Brewing Company was the choice of the day.
- Eleventh Day of Christmas – Bad Santa from Pelican Brewing Company
- Twelfth Day of Christmas – Ill Tempered Gnome from Oakshire Brewing.
This was so much fun – I think I will do an Advent Calendar of Beers in 2013. Twenty-five of the best winter ales I can lay my hands on. Only 340 days to go!
Maybe a 12 Breweries of Christmas tour, too!