Widmer Brothers’ Brrr

Forget the hats and mittens and forgo the space heater, Kurt and Rob Widmer have brewed up a better way to stay warm this winter — open a cold one of Brrr, Widmer Brother‘s first new winter ale in four years.

Available now through the first week of January, Brrr is a moderately strong dark red ale that embodies the notable “Pacific Northwest style” citrus hop aroma and flavor. The new brew provides a tangible flavor that ultimately transitions into a candy-like malty sweetness and quick finish. Caramel and chocolate malts provide flavor complexity, and an enticing color. If you want to try it before you buy it, come on out for the Brrr Release Tour – through the end of November we’re making stops throughout the Pacific Northwest, handing out samples of the best darn winter ale ever made.

No promises, but the odds are good that you’ll be the hit of the holiday party if you show up with some bottles of Brrr. To help get you in the giving mood, six-packs of Brrr come with a built-in gift tag, making it a fast and refreshing gift idea for any party or craft brew lover — including yourself!

Widmer Brrr

Keeping with the seasonal cheer, Kurt and Rob have come up with another awesome e-card to celebrate Brrr (and ensure at least one holiday card arrives on time)! We can all agree it’s better to give than to receive. Once again we’re giving $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest for each e-card sent. By sending an e-card, you’re helping support kids who don’t have a big brother in their life (or! just want someone to throw snowballs at). Check out the website to get started!

Clipper City Winter Storm

Clipper City Brewing of Baltimore, Maryland has unleashed their Winter Storm, a “winter warmer” ale, brewed with copious helpings of English malts and US and English hops, a ruddy hued “Imperial ESB” in style. Full malty flavors dancing with powerful hop aromas and a lingering, firm hop bitterness. Seasonally available from mid October to February.

Winter Storm

Winter Storm
ABV: Approx. 7.5%
Category 5 Ale

Gold Medal, “International Pale Ale” Category- World Beer Cup
Silver Medal, “Strong/BW” Category- 2008 Governor’s Cup

Christmas Beer

This may be the best Christmas present for a beer lover … ever, at least in terms of its connection to the season. Christmas Beer, or the full title, which is “Wishing You a Merry Christmas Beer, The Cheeriest, Tastiest and Most Unusual Holiday Brews, is all about beer for the holidays. Lavishly illustrated with more holiday beers than you knew even existed, author Don Russell — better known to the world as Philadelphia beer columnist “Joe Sixpack” — recounts tale after tale of the traditions and history that made holiday beers so special. There are also recipes, trivia and Russell’s list of the “World’s 50 Best Christmas Beers.”

Christmas Beer

Published by Rizzoli Books with a list price of $19.95 in the U.S. ($22.95 in Canada), you can order one at Amazon right now for $13.57, a savings of 32%. Pick one up for yourself and beer lover on your shopping list. The book is even small enough to fit in the average Christmas stocking.