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Harpoon Winter Warmer

As the days grow colder and the nights longer, winter is just around the corner. At this time of year, occasions are marked with traditional seasonal food and beverage. In keeping with one such tradition, many enjoy seasonal spiced ale to warm up the chilly nights. One of the first seasonal beers, returning for its 20th year, Harpoon Winter Warmer continues to be a favorite winter tradition on those cold New England days.

Harpoon brewed this latest version of their classic winter seasonal beer to be more malty and robust. The characteristic cinnamon and nutmeg come through in the aroma, but are subtle on the palate.

Harpoon Winter Warmer

This full-bodied spiced ale yields a rich chestnut color. “Brewed with cinnamon and nutmeg spices, Winter Warmer really suits the season,” says Al Marzi, Vice President and Head Brewer. “Winter Warmer achieves the winter feeling in part because of the spices we use, but also because of the smooth, full-bodied taste of the beer.”

Winter Warmer was Harpoon’s first seasonal beer. Available from late October through the end of January, Winter Warmer complements any holiday gathering. Whether enjoying a pint with friends in a cozy pub or serving it at a large family get-together, this spiced ale adds to every winter occasion. Harpoon Winter Warmer is available in six-packs, twelve-packs, and on draft.

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Odell Isolation Ale

Odell Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado has released their winter seasonal, Isolation Ale. Brewed with imported premium malts from England, Isolation ale is a rich, malty ale. And like a Colorado mogul run, this winter warmer features hops that deliver subtle spice and a creamy head like the season’s first snow.

Odell Isolation

“We know winter’s coming when our guests start asking for our Isolation. Our customers look forward to this beer all year,” said Lynsey Perry, Tap Room Assistant Manager.

For nearly ten years, Isolation ale has delighted fans and warmed cabins throughout the winter months. Odell Brewing Company will hold an Isolation Celebration on Wednesday October, 8th at the brewery’s Tap Room. With a little luck, it just may snow.

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Holiday BotD: Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

This holiday season, raise your beer glass high in good cheer with Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, a rich, delicious, full flavored chocolate beer that is sure to enhance the holiday season for beer and chocolate lovers alike. The award-winning brewers at Samuel Adams are proud to release the latest batch of this limited edition, handcrafted specialty brew featuring the specialty Cru Sauvage chocolate from fine Swiss chocolatier, Felchlin. Available in time to pour at holiday parties from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is a flavorful craft brew that will provide a unique approach to toasting the season.

“Today’s craft brewers and drinkers know no boundaries when it comes to big flavors and interesting ingredients in beer. Our brewers are constantly searching for new ingredients and experimenting with beer styles because part of the fun in being a craft brewer is discovering that the surprising combination of beer and chocolate creates a beer as delicious and complex as Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock,” says Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams beers. “Beer enthusiasts will discover that this specialty brew is perfect to pour and pair at the holiday table with seasonal dishes
and desserts.”

“It’s no secret that the American palate enjoys experimenting with various taste combinations,” says Christian Aschwanden, CEO for Felchlin. “Through our partnership with Samuel Adams, we wanted to naturally join beer and chocolate together in the finest way. This new batch of Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock has a distinct flavor and deserves a place next to all types of holiday fare.”

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is brewed using Felchlin’s Grand Cru Sauvage, a highly-regarded and rare dark chocolate made from the uncultivated wild Bolivian cacao beans sourced from the dense rainforests located in the small town of Baures, Bolivia. For centuries, this wild cacao has been considered the best in the world. This wild cocoa displays a rich, dark, exotic flavor with notes of honey, vanilla and dried fruits. Brewing Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock with Cru Sauvage cacao nips creates a dark, decadent beer with a big, malty character, complex full-body taste and velvety finish.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal or can simply be enjoyed on its own as a dessert. It pairs particularly well with holiday appetizers such as mascarpone cheese and fresh fruit and main course favorites that include the savory flavors of turkey, chicken, pork and fish. It can also be the perfect end to your festive feast when paired with those favorite chocolate infused desserts, such as chocolate mousse and mocha cheesecake.

Just in time for holiday sipping and gift-giving, this new brew will be available nationwide in early November in select off premise accounts for a suggested retail price of $14.99. Packaged in an attractive 750 ml amber bottle with a festively embossed pewter label, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is unlike any offering on shelves today.

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Moylan’s White Christmas

Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant announces the release date for its holiday seasonal, Moylan’s White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager. White Christmas will be available in bottles and in draft form the second week of October 2008, and will be available in the following states, CA, OR, WA, AZ, MN, CO, PA, IL, OH, NJ, MA, NV, RI, Washington DC, Guam, Vancouver British Columbia.

Moylan's White Christmas

A crisp, clean lager with just a touch of spices, this Christmas beer is a nice brew, just perfect for getting beer lovers warmed up for the holiday season. Brewmaster Denise Jones is very pleased to continue her work on perfecting Moylan’s holiday release and looks forward to introducing a new dimension to the recipe, producing, without a doubt, a fine holiday offering.

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Pike Auld Acquaintance

As Jack Frost approaches each year, King Gambrinus, dressed as Santa, introduces special ales meant especially for drinking with old friends that gather for good cheer. According to the Brewers Association, who represent over 1400 microbreweries nationally, seasonal beer, and especially holiday beer, has become the most popular style of craft beer, outselling pale ale, wheat beer and other classic styles.

Pike Auld Acquaintance

Pike first brewed Auld Acquaintance in 1990 and it was an immediate hit with customers. At the time, most American’s were not familiar with seasonal beers. Each year Pike brews a limited amount, bottled in 22oz. bottles and on draft. Brewed as a perfect complement to holiday meals, the alcohol is a restrained 5% by volume with an original gravity of 1.052. In addition to generous batches of Yakima Valley Magnum, Willamette and East Kent Goldings hops, Auld Acquaintance is subtly seasoned with orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Our goal, then and now, is to brew a luxurious beer to be enjoyed with splendid winter fare, like hearty soups, cheeses, turkey, hams and joints of meat. Pike Auld Acquaintance is now available at better stores, restaurants and, of course, at our own Pike Pub.

While this tradition is fairly new to American beer-bibers, the custom of brewing flavorful, spiced beer dates back well over a thousand years to what is now England. When the Vikings arrived, the Britons drank primarily megithin (mead), a brew of honey with spices (the origin of our word for medicine); cider from crab apples; perry from pears, and wine from grapes. Though there is evidence of cerevista (a beverage made from cereal) being brewed, it was a little known part of British life until the recipes for ales, the technique for cultivating and malting barley, and the art of brewing, were imported from the Middle East by the monasteries. The church did an exceptional job of promoting ale as an elixir superior to all other drinks. The Danes and Norwegians, at odds with the church about most things, agreed with them about their delicious strong malt liquor. Over a period of a couple of hundred years, the Danish word “Øl” (oyl) became the English word “Ale,” a name for the drink as well as the festival where it was served. The Jüle or Yule winter festival had a long tradition before the Vikings and the monks. Jüle, introduced by the Celts, in honor of the sun god, promised a period of warmth and plenty. As Britons converted to Christianity, the Jüle (Xmas) Ale became the most popular winter festival. Before the Norman Conquest the Scandinavians were uninvited guests at Christmas parties throughout the land. As time passed, many of them converted and turned their lives around. While the tradition of holiday beers nearly became extinct in The British Isles, Jüle Øl from Norway and Weinachts Bock from Bavaria never completely died out; but it is in America that the style grew dramatically to become an important part of every beer lover’s calendar.

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