Granite City McK’s Scottish Ale

Granite City Food & Brewery will release its next seasonal beer, McK’s Scottish Ale, on December 1, 2008. All 25 locations will host Mug Club parties to commemorate the release.

Named after Granite City’s resident Scotsman and brewer, Bob McKenzie, who hails from Kirriemuir, Scotland, the beer is a Scottish-style export ale with a mahogany brown color and medium body. Brown malt and Simpson’s Golden Naked Oats give it both a toasted and nutty maltiness.

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The beer pairs well with roasted meats, sausages, cream sauces, and grilled or roasted vegetables. Head brewer Larry Chase recommends drinking it with a number of Granite City menu items including the Sausage Rigatoni with Sweet Peppers, Honey Rosemary Filet Mignon with sautéed vegetables, Blackened Chicken Linguini, and the Granite City Meatloaf. Check with your local Granite City location for details and times.

Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. is a Modern American upscale casual restaurant chain that operates 25 restaurants in 11 states. Four standard beers, along with six rotating specialty beers, offer flavors to match and enhance the food. Beer is available on draft at the restaurants as well as in 2 liter growlers for take-out. The menu features affordable yet high quality family favorite menu items with made-from-scratch recipes served in generous portions. The sophisticated yet unpretentious restaurants, proprietary food and beer, attractive price points and high service standards combine for a great dining experience. Granite City opened its first restaurant in 1999 and is expanding from its Midwestern base.

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Laurelwood Vinter Varmer

The Vinter Varmer from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery is out now on draft and in 22 oz. bottles in and around Portland, Oregon.

Laurelwood Vinter Varmer

This strong ale is as rich and complex as it is drinkable. A blend of six malts and four hops creates an ale with deep carmel character, spicy hop flavor and a dry roasty finish. It’s spelled differently because it’s Vonderful.

6.4% ABV
49 IBUs
O.G. 16 º Plato

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Get Lit

If you hate those cheesy nightlights they sell at tourist traps throughout the universe but still appreciate being able to find your way to the loo in the middle of the night without injury or blinding yourself, then Get Lit is for you.

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You can get a nightlight made out of your favorite beer bottle, and the website has over 180 of them to choose from, though many are macro brands. Even if you don’t see your personal favorite, they also do special orders.


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At $19.95, they’ll make a great stocking stuffer. Even if beer’s not your thing, they have ones made from wine, soda, condiments and liquor minis, too.


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Iron Hill Triple Bock

On November 28, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, will release their Triple Bock, a heady, high-alcohol winter brew that is a perfect way to warm up as the weather starts to get cooler. Brewed for a special, limited holiday release of just 1,300 bottles, Triple Bock is the newest addition to Iron Hill’s Reserve Bottle Beer line, large bottles designed to drink in the restaurant, take home or for a gift for the beer lover. Triple Bock will be available for sale at all seven Iron Hill locations.

“Triple Bock is a strong, dark lager, a more potent version of a classic German Doppelbock,” says Phoenixville Head Brewer Tim Stumpf, who created and brewed the recipe. “We’ve crafted ours with a smooth, roasted flavor that balances its higher alcohol content and makes it easy to enjoy.”

Triple Bock will be sold in 375 ml bottles, at 13.2 % alcohol. Bottles will retail for $12, or $25 with a limited edition Triple Bock t-shirt. Both the beer and the t-shirt will be sold with complimentary 3-D glasses, making them a fanciful and innovative holiday gift for beer lovers.

Iron Hill Triple Bock

Triple Bock’s eye-catching 3-D label was designed by gifted local graphic artist Jeff Schaller of PinkCow Studio. Schaller also created the signature wall murals at several Iron Hill locations. The label features a long-horned ram, the traditional symbol for Bock style beers, and is meant to be viewed through 3-D glasses that make the ram’s horns appear to leap off the bottle.

“This is a special beer, and it deserved a special label,” says Iron Hill Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson. “Jeff has created some amazing art for us over the years, and we’re thrilled to include his spectacular design on our newest bottled beer.”

Triple Bock joins other bottled reserve beers available for the holidays, including Abbey Dubbel, Barleywine, Belgian Tripel, The Cannibal, Russian Imperial Stout, Old Ale 2005 and 2007, Fe 10 Anniversary Ale, Quadrupel, Oak-Aged Quadrupel, Wee Heavy, Rauchbier and Saison. In addition, the Old Ale 2008 will be released in December.

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