Archive | November, 2011

Lompoc brews 10 beers for holidays

How’s this for taking holiday beers seriously? The brewers at Lompoc Brewing in Portland, Oregon, have been created 10 different ones. The Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza will feature nine of these on Nov. 29 at the Lompoc Sidebar. The tenth, a Chanukah beer, will be released at its own party at Sidebar on Dec. 14.

The 2011 Lompoc holiday seasonals include Blitzen Spiced Golden Ale, Cherry Christmas Sour Blend, Brewdolph Belgian Style Red, Holiday Cheer Robust Vanilla Porter, Jolly Bock German Style Bock, C-sons Greetings Imperial IPA, Bourbon Barrel Aged C-sons Greetings, Old Tavern Rat Barley Wine, Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat and 8 Malty Nights Chocolate Rye.

All beers except 8 Malty Nights will be on draft at Sidebar on November 29; most of the beers will also be available at the other Lompoc pubs: New Old Lompoc, Hedge House, Oaks Bottom and Fifth Quadrant. Two of the beers, C-sons Greetings and Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat, are also available in 22 ounce bottles.

Saint Arnold’s Christmas ‘blend': Sailing Santa

Saint Arnold Sailing Santa

Saint Arnold Brewing releases a second beer for the fall season today. Saint Arnold Sailing Santa is a blend of Saint Arnold Elissa IPA and Saint Arnold Christmas Ale. It is sold in 22-ounce bottles.

This is the first time Saint Arnold has released Sailing Santa, which was invented by craft beer lovers a few months after the introduction of Elissa IPA in 2004. In the years that followed, the community adopted the name, “Sailing Santa,” for the concoction when ordering draft pints at bars and restaurants.

“Normally we aren’t big fans of blending beers, but this one works,” said Saint Arnold founder Brock Wagner. “The hoppiness of Elissa IPA with the big malt and slightly higher alcohol of Christmas Ale makes a nice winter beer.”

Saint Arnold Sailing Santa will be an annual seasonal release that precedes Thanksgiving. It is the second new seasonal from Saint Arnold in just over a month, following Saint Arnold Pumpkinator.

Saint Arnold produced a single 240-barrel batch, which equates to approximately 3,600 cases of twelve 22-ounce bombers. Saint Arnold Sailing Santa will not be shipped in kegs, but can be prepared on-site wherever Saint Arnold Elissa IPA and Saint Arnold Christmas Ale are on tap.

For the dog on your shopping list

As you probably know, you can’t slip just any beer in your dog’s stocking. Hops can be toxic to your best friend.

Bowser Beer

Instead there is Bowser Beer.

What’s in Bowser Beer?
* USDA beef or chicken.
* Malt barley (full of B-vitamins) –just like in your beer.
* Glucosamine for joint health.

What’s NOT in Bowser Beer:
* Alcohol or carbonation.
* Hops,which can be toxic to dogs.
* Commercial broth, which contains loads of salt,fat,MSG,onions and meat of unknown origin.

‘Tis the season

Samuel Adams Holiday Pack at Costco

Don’t blame us for “jumping the season.” Holiday beers have been on the shelves for more than a month and it seems like three or four new ones arrive every day. Between now and Dec. 25 the holiday guide will provide news about Christmas beers, holiday events and gift ideas. Also feel free to browse the archives and comment where you will.