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Keep on beer truckin’

Hudepohl Beer TruckOnce there were horse-drawn beer wagons, then motorized trucks hauling beer and advertising breweries. Beerbooks.com has an extensive collection of miniature die cast metal trucks, for both current brands and those long gone. American Beer Trucks, a wonderful collection of photos is out of print, but you ask the folks at Beerbooks.com to notify you when it becomes available or search various used book stores.

Hudepohl Beer Truck
• Hudepohl Brewing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio
• 1952 GMC Insulated Van
• First Gear Die Cast Metal
• Scale 1:34
Price: $24.95

Pedaler-friendly six-pack holder

Bicycle 6-pack holderThis leather frame cinch was honored as one of the ten best bike-related design innovations of 2011, and as its developer notes “it “secures just about anything somewhat narrow to your top tube – why not a six pack?”

The strap is adjustable to hold variably sized items, so when there are less important items to tote than beer it can still be useful. It works best on a top tube that is parallel to the ground.

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Keg Trees

We know that you don’t need an actual tree to make a Christmas tree, green beer bottles will do quite nicely, thank you very much. Some people have found that you don’t even need green bottles, that even a keg will make a festive tree.

Keg Tree

Whether on the outside of your home …

Keg Tree

Or even inside.

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.”

Christmas at the brewery

Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, decorated for ChristmasNothing says Christmas like the aromas of beer brewing and Christmas lights. St. Louis residents, and visitors to the city, can roll down their windows each Friday night between now and Jan. 4, take a whiff and enjoy the massive lighting display while driving through the giant brewing complex.

This is the 27th year the brewery has invited guests to view the holiday lights display, which visitors may access from Arsenal Street, turning onto Seventh Street and then traveling along Pestalozzi Street. On the first three Fridays in December, the tour center has extended hours until 8:30 p.m. and guests may bring their cameras to take photos with a Clydesdale from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tours include the historic Brew House,the Clydesdales stable and Bevo packaging facility,as well as a scenic view of the lights along Pestalozzi Street.