Archive | November, 2008

Summit Winter Ale

From Minnesota’s Summit Brewing comes their Winter Ale. This beer has its origins in British neighborhood pubs where villagers gathered to shake off the damp chill of the English winter. The Winter Ale is brewed in the tradition of those winter warmer ales, with a robust, full-bodied flavor that can take the chill out of even the coldest nights.

Summit Winter Ale

Made with 2-Row Pale, Caramel, and Black Malts and Williamette, Fuggle, and Tettenanger Hops. It’s 6.2% alcohol and 36 IBUs.

Magic Hat Odd Notion Winter Ale

Magic Hat, in Burlington, Vermont, releases three Odd Notion seasonal beers throughout the year. The Winter one is now out, and it’s a “braggot” ale. Braggot is an ancient drink from the depths of tradition and is the perfect holiday treat. A mix of mead and ale, Braggot is filled with the calming flavors of chamomile and honey and soars like a reindeer in flight between clouds of sweet malt and bitter hops.

Magic Hat Odd Notion

Type: Braggot
Yeast: English Ale
Alcohol: 6% abv
IBUs: 20
SRM: 5
Gravity: 16.0
Malts: Pale, Malted Wheat
Hops: Centennial
Other Ingredients: Honey and Chamomile

Mendocino Imperial IPA

Mendocino Brewing on Tuesday, November 25 released its Limited Edition Winter Seasonal, an Imperial IPA. The beer has been delicately crafted for those crisp cool days when the skies are resplendent and the air glistens with the slow fall of a million flakes, when nature gets ready to turn her thermostat way down and your desire for something warm and enthusing is almost a primal urge.

Mendocino Winter Seasonal

This Imperial India Pale Ale can slake some of that want. The robust, full bodied IPA is brewed with massive amounts of hops and paired with a rich blend of luscious malts. The result is a perfect balance of heady hop flavor and aroma. At 7.5% Alc. by Vol. this India Pale Ale is the perfect winter seasonal!

Mendocino Winter Seasonal

Chinese Beer Tree

In 2007 in Baolong Square in Fuzhou, the capital of southeast China’s Fujian Province, they erected a 30-foot high Christmas tree made with 4,000 beer bottles.

Chinese Beer Tree

Santa’s Butt

“They said it couldn’t be done, but we did it:” Santa’s Butt, the beer, coming to a theater near you for the holidays. It’s a splendid, satisfying Winter Porter at 6% — a souped-up version of the classic Entire Butt Porter that you’ve enjoyed in the past. Everyone wants a piece of Santa’s Butt, from England’s Ridgeway Brewery.

Santa's Butt

This special porter is made for winter — rich and warming, the way they like it in the North Pole. It was inspired by this famous line from a well-loved children’s story book:

“And Santa sat on his great butt, drinking a hearty brew.”

In case you find that amusing, we hasten to point out that in England “butt” refers to a certain barrel used in brewing — a very large barrel, in fact, holding 108 imperial gallons. Back in the day it was quite a normal thing for a brewery to put its beer up in a large butt for storage.