Archive | December, 2008

Left Hand Snow Bound Winter Ale

Brewed once a year by Left Hand Brewing to fight cabin fever, this spiced strong ale uses all natural ingredients, including crushed cinnamon, honey, chopped ginger, orange zest, cardamon & cloves. Deep red in color, this medium-bodied beer is a winter warmer – enjoy on a cold night in front of the fireplace. Get it while it lasts!

Snow Bound

Style: Strong Spice Ale
Color: Brown/Deep Red
ABV: 8.6%
IBUs: 16
Plato: 18.5
Malt: Premium Pale 2-Row, Munich, Crystal & Chocolate
Hops: Magnum and Saaz

Otter Creek Winter Ale

Otter Creek Winter Ale became available in November and will continue to be around through January. The new special release is a smooth brown ale, with a touch of raspberry. Rich and toasty with a warming body and light hops, this will be a malty and perfectly fruited beer- very appealing and comforting. Just right for wintertime.

Otter Creek Winter Ale

Fuller’s Old Winter Ale

Christmas may be over, but Winter’s just beginning. Many breweries make a special beer that’s not just for Christmas, not just for the holiday season, but for the winter months. One brewery that makes not, but two, winter beers is England’s famous Fuller’s brand, from the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, West London. The first is Fuller’s Old Winter Ale.

Old Winter Ale

Fuller’s Old Winter Ale is a rich warming winter ale brewed to 4.8% ABV using only the finest quality malt and hops. The Crystal malts in the brew give a sweet, nutty character, while the Target, Challenger and Northdown hop varieties, help balance this strong, satisfying dark beer.

Jack Frost

The second beer, Fuller’s Jack Frost is brewed with Crystal malt and a dash of blackberries, and delivers a fruity, robust yet refreshing flavor that lingers long on the palate.

Harvey’s Christmas Ale

Harvey’s Christmas Ale is the perfect beer for Santa Claus to relax with after his long evening delivering presents. Harvey’s Brewery is Lewes, England, part of East Sussex, which is near Brighton in the southeast not too far from the English Channel.

Harvey's Christmas Ale

This brew’s popularity made it difficult to restrict its availability to the Festive Season. Fortunately the high alcohol level enables us to brew enough to last most of the year so enthusiasts can be kept happy all year round. It is heavily hopped, dark and strong. 8.1% a.b.v.

Amber, Gold & Black

Think it’s too late to get a last minute gift for your beer connoisseur? Think again. British beer writer and historian Martyn Cornell published an e-book entitled Amber, Gold & Black: The Story of Britain’s Great Beers. Best of all, it’s only available as a pdf so you can buy it online right now at the Corner Pub and have it in plenty of time for Christmas.

Amber Gold & Black

And not only is it easy to buy online, but it’s one of best books on beer styles ever written, the result of years of painstaking research that shatters many of the myths surrounding the origins of famous beer styles like Porters and India Pale Ales.

Chapters cover sixteen different beer styles and go into great detail about each one of them. Did I mention it’s also a pleasure to read? And it’s filled with photographs, graphics, beer labels and old brewery advertisements. No matter how much you think you know about beer, you’ll learn a great deal from Cornell’s efforts. Oh, and did I mention it’s a mere fiver? At just five pounds, it may well be the bargain of the year, too. Seriously, take it from me. You should buy this book. One for yourself and at least one as a gift. It’s that good.

Here’s more information from the publisher:

Amber, Gold and Black, The Story of Britain’s Great Beers, by the award-winning beer writer Martyn Cornell, is the most comprehensive history of British beer styles of all kinds ever written, the true stories behind Porter, Bitter, Mild, Stout, IPA, Brown Ale, Burton Ale, Old Ale, Barley Wine, and all the other beers produced in Britain.

This ebook is a celebration of the depths of British beer, a look at the roots of the styles we enjoy today, as well as those ales and beers we have lost, and a study into how the liquids that fill our beer glasses, amber gold and black, developed over the years.

Astonishingly, this is the first book devoted solely to looking at the unique history of the different styles of beer produced in Britain.

Martyn Cornell also writes online as The Zythophile, easily one of the most informative and interesting beer blogs on the planet. You can get a sample of his writing there, too, if you’re not yet convinced that you should buy Amber, Gold & Black.