Archive | December, 2010

A book for both beer and wine drinkers

What to Drink with What You EatThe 2006 Georges Duboeuf “Wine Book of the Year” also features a surprising amount of information about beer and food. What to Drink with What You Eat suggests what beers to drink with particular dishes, as well as offering menu choices to go with special beers.

Read a review of what happens when sommeliers meet beer, including a Q & A with James Beard Award-winning authors Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page.

Delirium Noel

In Belgium’s small town of Ghent, the Huyghe Brewery has been seeing pink elephants for many years now. On December 26th 1989, the famous “Delirium Tremens” was born. The particular character and the unique taste of “Delirium Tremens” result from the use of three different kinds of yeast. Its very original packing, which resembles cologne ceramics, and the colourful label contribute to its success. The label depicts the different phases of the production of “Delirium Tremens” the “Pink Elephant” was up and ready to conquer the world. But then they released the Christmas version of their beer, Delirium Noel.

Delirium Noel

When the seasons’ spectrums have changed from a vivid rainbow of flora, fauna and fair weather to a monochrome blanket of snow, slush and frigid temperatures, so must one’s beer. A spicy, crimson brew that completes the Delirium Trilogy (including Tremens and Nocturnum), Delirium Noel will bring color and zest back to the cold winter months and to your cheeks.

Delirium Noel

With its combination of an invigoratingly sharp and peppery character, stirring bitterness and that rare, crisp winter freshness of flavor, your inevitable fondness for the subtle, yet familiar nuances of piquant Delirium Noel will last through the seasons! Be sure to make plans to stay in when you pour out this memorable holiday beer, as its stout 10% alcohol content should keep you from going out in the cold more so than any blizzard ever could!

Delirium Noel

There are several different label of Delirium Noel, and all of them feature the famous pink elephant and most also with Santa Claus.

Delirium Noel

Personalized Xmas Ornaments & More

From Kyle Designs, an online store that specializes in personalized jewelry and gifts, also offers a Personalized Beer Pint Christmas Ornament, which they describe as below.

Kyle Designs

Stylish, contemporary beaded Beer Christmas ornament in dramatic etched metal beer stein and bottle design. Custom select shimmery ribbon, glass beads and iridescent background color for stunning personalized tree ornament. A great way to commemorate important dates or events. Makes a wonderful gift for microbrewery owners and home brewers!

  • Ornaments with Personalization: Custom select brushed silver or polished gold non-tarnish etched metal Christmas ornaments and custom bead and color accents to create your own unique ornaments. See colors online.
  • Beer Ornament Shown: Brushed silver Beer Christmas ornament in iridescent Rainforest with teal glass beads and ribbon.
  • Size: 2.75″ high x 2.75″ wide on 3″ shimmery ribbon. These unique Christmas ornaments come boxed.
  • Alternative Gift Ideas: See Cool Beer Gifts and Decor for more beer drinker gift ideas.
  • Other Styles: Click on Unique Christmas Ornaments for our complete collection of Christmas ornaments in a range of designs and styles.
  • Engraved Ornaments: Ornaments may be engraved on BACK only with up to 4 lines, 15 letters in each. Commemorate an important day, achievement or event. Click Holiday Ornament Engraving Fonts for typeface examples.

They’re very customizable, amazing given that they’re only $21.95 each.

Kyle Designs

Some of the other gifts available include this business card holder.

Kyle Designs

Or this bookmark to use when reading your favorite book by Michael Jackson.

Kyle Designs

There’s even beer earrings. There’s even more beer-themed gifts by California artist Kyle McKeown Mansfield and most of them are highly customizable to the point where you can choose individual colors, fonts and even an engraved message on the back.

Book review: The Naked Pint

This review originally appeared at

Alan McLeod totally nailed it with his review of The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer, answering the two biggest questions I had while reading the book.

– First, why are there homebrew recipes in this book? Can’t even a book for beginners be a bit specialized or must every introduction to craft beer tell us a little bit about everything? Look, I’m not exactly complaining because (disclaimer alert) they recommend Brew Like a Monk and it’s a good thing when a book that is going to rank ahead of yours at says nice things about it.

I like the analogy that Alan draws to The Yachtsman’s Week-end Book, writing that Naked Pint “harkens to a day when a book could purport to be an omnibus filled with everything you practically need to know to get from novice to pretty well capable.”

– Second, were you to give this book as a present who would you give it to? Again, quoting Alan, “This is a book for beer nerds to give their friends. It will tell the nerds a lot about good beer but it will also tell them a lot about their beer nerd pal.”

Indeed. Any copy coming from me would come complete with Post-it notes correcting a variety of niggling errors. I can’t help myself. I’ve already whined about “candi sugar,” though because almost everybody seems to get that crooked I’m giving them a pass. However you wonder who was in charge of editing when you see the phrase “bottom-fermenting ales.” Or why on page 130 they get it right in explaining misconceptions about dubbels and tripels after getting it wrong on page 23.

So you probably aren’t going to use this book to study for the Cicerone exam. But it’s easy to like. Authors Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi write in a breezy and sometimes brassy manner. (“A 5% ABV beer can make you friendly; an 8% ABV beer can make you French kiss a tree.”)

They consistently explain things about beer that can seem overwhelming at the outset. Consider their approach to presenting styles. They always begin with an easy-to-read blurb. Like this:

Bitter, but Not Angry: Bitters

This beer’s for you if you like: being surly but not mean, long discussions about Shakespearean themes. Notes of toffee. Staying on your stool. Evenings at the pub.

Far more interesting than any style guidelines you’ve ever read.

Alan got it perfect, but before you give it to your friends ready for a bit of beer education read it over yourself. You might find yourself better prepared to talk with them.

Alaskan Winter Ale

From the seafaring adventurers of the 1700s to the homebrewers of today, adding spruce tips to beer has a rich history in Southeast Alaska. The tender new growth of Sitka spruce tips lends a delicious, yet subtly sweet floral aroma to tea, jelly and now Alaskan Winter Ale, from Alaskan Brewing in Juneau.

Alaskan Winter Ale

Alaskan Winter Ale is brewed in the style of an English Olde Ale, and is balanced by the sweet heady aroma of spruce tips with the clean crisp finish of noble hops. Its malty richness is complemented by the warming sensation of alcohol. Alaskan Winter Ale is made from glacier-fed water, Sitka spruce tips and a generous blend of the finest quality European and Pacific Northwest hop varieties and specialty malts. Our water originates in the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Ice Field and from the more than 90 inches of rainfall we receive each year.

Original Gravity: 1.066
ABV 6.4%
Bitterness: 27 IBUs
Color: 17 SRM