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Joe Sixpack’s annual beer run

Christmas BeerDon Russell, author of Christmas Beer: The Cheeriest, Tastiest, and Most Unusual Holiday Brews and sometimes known as Joe Sixpack, writes today about his annual Xmas beer run.

He didn’t fly to Norway this year, but per usual he also didn’t settle for shopping in one store. He begins, “This year, I kept closer to home, but the beer run was no less fulfilling. It took me to Whole Foods’ Cold Point Pub at Plymouth Meeting’s madhouse mall, where the bottle shop is just brimming with holiday bottles. Those silly Pennsylvania liquor laws that limit takeout purchases to 192 ounces had me hauling the first load of bottles (Corsendonk Christmas Ale, Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux) to the parking garage before hiking back for a fine-looking magnum of Mikkeller Red/White Christmas.”

Then he moves on, acquiring, among other things, Evil Twin Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room (Denmark). “Sounds more like an O Henry short story than an imperial stout.”

A Black Friday beer for Black Friday

Lakefront Black FridayThis is starting to look like an unusually black Christmas to us (more about that during the shopping and drinking season).

Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee has brewed a beer it calls Black Friday and will sell it only on Nov. 23, day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday. It is a Black IPA.

Lakefront will sell it only at the 1872 N. Commerce St. It goes on sale at 8 a.m. It’s the second annual Black Friday event at Lakefront, with 12 hours of continuous brewery tours planned this year.

The first 300 people who buy the beer will get a limited Black Friday pint glass.

Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ is back

Lagunitas Sucks Holiday AleLagunitas Brown Shugga’ has returned for the holidays.

Makes not mistake, Santa liked last year’s “replacement” beer, Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale, but he does appreciate a little Brown Shugga’ along with a cookie beside the fireplace.

You’ll recall that last year the brewery explained it would not make Brown Shugga’ because of production demands, and literally call Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale a Brown Shugga’ replacement.

Here’s the full story from last year:

This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga’ Ale. You see, we had a couple of good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting a January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure that this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it all to be over ….

Welcome back, Shugga’.

‘Tis the season

Deschutes Jubelale Christas Display

The Deschutes Brewery posted this photo, taken in a Portland grocery store, on its Facebook page Nov. 2.

We had two thoughts: a) drink some Jubelale, and b) time to start working on our Christmas Wish List.

“Real Beer for the Holidays” is officially open for 2012 business.

Corsendonk Christmas Ale

First brewed and released in 1998, Corsendonk Christmas Ale is a rich, dark, joyous brew with which to celebrate the holiday season. Its aroma features chocolate malt and spices. On the palate it is predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy and citrusy notes, and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty.


Bottle conditioned for a fresh, lively taste, it will complement or contrast with virtually any holiday fare, from soup to nuts.

Original gravity: 1079; international bitterness units: 30; 6.7% abw; 8.5% abv; shelf life: up to three years at 55-60° F.