Holiday Cheers – Day 2 – Figgy Quadding from Angel City Brewery

Never had a figgy pudding, never even had a figgy newton for that matter. The texture of figs is a little weird to my delicate little palate but a figged up Belgian Quad, I will try what Angel City has for the holidays.

“Figgy Quadding is our take on a Belgian-style Quadrupel, or “Quad” for short, modeled after a winter holiday cake Fig Pudding. All the caramel and roasted malts along with Belgian Trappist yeast give it the raisin, plum, molasses and stone fruit flavors known in Quads which are delightfully smooth and tasty. It’s brewed with figs and holiday spices: coriander, nutmeg, tangerine peel, cinnamon and ginger. Then we barrel-age it in ex-Brandy barrels for 5 months for even more holiday warmth and flavor. Enjoy this dessert themed beer around the holidays in the company of others for a cozy, boozy experience.”

2018 Holiday Beer # 31 – Christmas from Olde Hickory

Off to North Carolina for our penultimate beer of the holiday season, Christmas from Olde Hickory Brewing.
“We believe our Christmas beer is the perfect beer for a merry season. Brewed from fond childhood memories of fresh baked cakes and cookies, Christmas Ale is made with Local Honey, Fresh Grated Ginger, Cinnamon Stick, and Fresh Orange Zest together with the finest two row barley, pure water, hops, and love. “

2018 Holiday Beer # 14 – Shortest Day Winter Ale

The mascot of the Winter Solstice adorns the label of Shortest Day Winter Ale from Full Sail. Read on for more info on this CDA: “Brewed to celebrate the winter solstice, Shortest Day is a Cascadian Dark Ale brewed with 2-Row Pale, Crystal, and de-husked Chocolate malt. It pours a deep dark black with a lacy tan head. With aromas of dark roasty malt and hints of tropical and citrus fruit, Shortest Day offers bold flavor with excellent balance. De-husked chocolate malt imparts dark chocolate flavor while crystal adds depth and complexity. Generous additions of Mosaic, Simcoe and Citra hops lend flavors of fruit and sweet floral notes.”

2018 Holiday Beer # 3 – Winter Bock from KC Bier

We head to Kansas City for our next holiday beer, a bock from KC Bier Co. a German influenced brewery, who describe the beer as “a strong Doppelbock-style bier with complex, rich malt flavors of chocolate and coffee, hints of caramel and molasses, low bitterness and a satisfyingly sooth finish. Its dark brown color comes from generous portions of amber Munich malt, smaller amounts of specialty malts and double decoction, which contribute a full body and warming alcohols to sustain drinkers throughout the winter season.”

Holiday Beer # 30 – Christmas Ale from Abita

Our penultimate holiday ale comes from Abita (who will get more play tomorrow), this is a Louisiana Christmas Ale…

“Each year at the Abita Brewery we craft a special dark ale for the holiday season. The recipe changes each year so that Abita Christmas Ale is always the perfect gift. Its spicy character is excellent with traditional holiday foods such as gingerbread or spiced nuts.”