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Brew-opoly

Brewopoly Board GameHere’s how the manufacturer describes Brew-Opoly Monopoly :

BREW-OPOLY celebrates the small to medium brews and brewers of the United States. It’s a property game that allows players to own their favorite brands and trade their Cases for Brew Houses. Along the way, they will learn about the unique and wonderful brews featured on the game board, and try to become the richest player in the game to win. For 2-6 players, ages 21 years and up.

Whatever your pleasure, from Alpha King Pale Ale to Zonker Stout, our nation’s award winning microbreweries produce the suds that will tickle your taste buds. In Brew-Opoly, buy or trade your favorite beers and increase property value by purchasing Brewpubs and Microbreweries for your monopolies. Sounds easy enough until you have to put on your beer goggles and kiss your neighbor or stand and sing 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.

Hop candy: Bittersweet?

These hop-infused chocolates come in different flavors, hop flavors that is.

For instance: Amarillo – floral and citrusy, typically used in American Ales and IPA’s. 8% – 10% Alpha Acid, medium bitterness and hop flavor. Or: Northern Brewer – Strong fragrant hop with a unique mint-like evergreen flavor. 7% – 10% Alpha Acid, Medium to Strong flavor and bitterness.

All Hopolates are made to order, so this won’t work as a last-second present.

A book that does the tasting ‘work’

It’s creators describe 33 Bottles of Beer as a “beer sketchbook.”

At three-and-a-half by five inches it slips easily into a pocket and provides a degree of organization to note taking that sometimes starts to disappear during an evening of beer drinking. It contains, as you might have guessed by the name, 33 pages for notes.

A page is pictured on the right. You’ll notice it includes a flavor wheel that allows you to rate the intensity of certain flavors or aromas. You can even connect them to create what is known as a spider chart, particularly fun to analyze after a few beers.

Publisher BS Brewing is located in Portland, Oregon, and the book is available at some retailers in the area, selling for $4 a booklet or three for $10. For more information or to order visit 33beers.com.

What would Santa drink?

Don Russell, known in some quarters at “Joe Sixpack,” takes a look at the historic link between Santa and drink.

Not to destroy your innocent visions of sugar plums and candy canes, but when it comes to treats on a long winter’s night, if it’s all the same to you, Santa Claus would rather have a beer.

He looks at various efforts to “dry out” Santa, has plenty of suggestions for what Santa would drink, and in the end puts the question to Santa himself.