Archive | December, 2009

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.

New book: Colorado has its own BrewDogs

No, not BrewDog, the Scottish brewery that seems to constantly gives us reason to talk about it.

The BrewDogs of Colorado is a photo book of, you guessed it, dogs and arrived in Colorado bookstores and breweries this week. The book (152 pages) includes images of over 70 brew dogs and over 200 color photos of breweries throughout Colorado, was produced by a Colorado Springs family.

“While the idea was not exactly born over a beer, the connection between beer and dogs is not too far ‘fetched,’” co-authors Brian and Becky Bennett state for a press release. “We realized that not only are most Colorado breweries dog-friendly, but a lot of beers are named after dogs.”

The book sells for $29.95 and can bee ordered online.

Beer gift packs: Part II

More beer gift packs. (See Part I here.)

Samuel Adams Winter Classics. Two bottle each of Boston lager, Winter Lager, Old Fezziwig Ale, Cranberry Lambic, Holiday Porter and Coastal Wheat.

Corsendonk offers several different gift packages, featuring both its Christmas Ale and year-round beers. The Corsendonk Geschenkdoos Gift Pack includes 750 ml bottles of both Cosendonk Pater and Agnus plus two tulips glasses. Corsendock Degustation Gift Pack feature 330 ml bottles of Abbey Brown and Abby Pale Ale and a tulip glass. A Corsendonk Christmas Ale Gift Tin contains a 750 bottle of the Christmas Ale and a goblet.

New Glarus Gift Pack. The Wisconsin brewery includes 750 ml bottles of Wisconsin Belgian Red and Rasberry Tart along with two Champagne flutes.

Left hand Holiday Pack. The Colorado brewery includes 22-ounce bottles of Juju Ginter, Sawtooth Ale, Milk Stout and Oak Aged Imperial Stout.

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve. A 22-ounce bottle of the beer along with a Santa’s Reserve glass in a wodden box.

Chimay Sampler Pack. One 330 ml bottle each of Chimay Red, Chimay White and Chimay Blue and a Chimay goblet.

Best of Belgium from Anheuser-Busch In Bev. Six-packs of Leffe Blonde, Hoegaarden and Stella Artois in the 10-bottle package.

Beer gift packs: Part I

Why don’t beer gift packs include a bottle opener?

You’ve got beer. You’ve got a glass. They are otherwise perfect.

More breweries seem to have come to the same conclusions because we’re certainly seeing more gift packs in more places — like at Cost Plus and the local grocery store.

They come in a variety of configurations. Some include beers only from one brewery, others multiple brands though usually from the same country. Not all, sadly, include glassware.

A few examples (with more to follow once we are embarrassed by who isn’t included):

Lindemans Gift Box. One bottle each of Lindemans Framboise and Pomme, a stemmed Lindemans glass.

Weihenstephan Gift Box. Bottles of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissebier, Kristall, Dunkel and Vitus (a pale weizenbock) plus a wheat beer glass.

Saranac 12 Beers of Winter. A variety pack with two bottles each of Saranac Belgian Ale, Big Moose Ale, Maple Porter, Winter Lager, Rye IPA and Black Lager. Sorry, no glass.

Full Sail Gift Box. Here’s a brewery that got it right. Two 22-ounce bottles (Wreck the Halls and Old Boardhead Barleywine), two pint glass, a Full Sail T-shirt, coasters, stickers and a keychain bottle opener.

Unibroue Gift Pack. Eight bottles, different Unibroue beers.

Samuel Smith Selection Box. Bottles of Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, Nut Brown Ale and Pale Ale, a glass and coasters.