Ladies and gentlemen! We have made it tantalizing close to the end of what is easily the the most negative adjective year in my 50 plus years on this planet so let’s end with some serious cheer, right? Here are my shopping picks for December.
Beachwood Blendery Canbic – 6.5% – “Lambic-inspired sour ale with raspberry, cherry, and meyer lemon zest.”
Fantome Printemps – 8% – “Light, fruity and champagne-like. Fantôme brews special seasonal beers, never repeating a recipe from year to year.”
Fremont Barrel-Aged Dark Star Spice Wars – 12.7% – “This year’s release is a blend of 24, 18, 12, and 8-month Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star in 7-12-year old Kentucky bourbon barrels. This special edition adds winter spices to complement the smooth oats and bring you a stout delight wrapped in the gentle embrace of bourbon barrel-aged warmth. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish with a wave, and then she’s gone.”
Let’s stay with the winter theme with a classic California seasonal from Anderson Valley.
Described by the brewery as having “Hints of toffee, spice, and caramel tease the senses making this the perfect ale to share with friends and family during the cold days and long nights of winter.”
Let’s start the holiday season with a classic of winter ales…
I love that each year a new artist is selected by Deschutes to design their seasonal and I love that they call it a “festive” winter ale. This is a must have for me every year.
We are close to the end of the decade but we have two big holidays left on the calendar. So some holiday beers will be seen popping up plus a bunch of other fun stuff.
~ e-visits to three breweries from Portland, Oregon to honor the start of the Portland Trailblazers 50th season in the NBA
~ special featured reviews of Saison Dupont matched against other Saisons
~ Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads Full Throttle by Joe Hill
~ A Podcast & A Beer listens to Startup to Storefront
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.
Here are two events to get your November started in the Los Angeles craft beer world:
1) November 2nd – Field of Drafts Festival in Lancaster
2) November 16th – Highpoint Brewing 1st Anniversary
Our final beer of the 2018 holiday season is a tearful goodbye to the BSP annual tradition of showcasing holiday beers from around the country and the world…
The brewery describes Reindeer Tear’s from Heathen Brewing as “one of Heathen’s “Heathenal” beers that was bottled from day one. At the time, the goal was to make a world-class barleywine and then kiss it with a touch of bourbon and oak. Each year we make subtle changes to keep this beer evolving towards perfection.”
We head back to Colorado for a beer with some scratch to it. Sandy Claws from Avery Brewing. And at 14.5% this is a big one, “Imperial Stout infused with fresh peppermint and cacao nibs. Aged in fresh Bourbon barrels.”
Eastern Oregon is where the next holiday ale hails from…
This Wintertime Ale from Crux Fermentation Project has “an alluring spice character from Belgian yeast and suggestions of seasonal dark fruit, Snow Cave is a nuanced sipper you can cozy up with around the fire pit.”
We add a sour to the holiday countdown from Washington State…
Reuben’s Brews, a Seattle based brewery adds a festive ingredient list to their beer with orange spices and cranberry to the traditional German Gose style.
Next up is a Christmas Ale, named Christmas Ale from Sly Fox in Pennsylvania…
filled with, “Expressive mulling spices swirl and mingle in this full-bodied red ale” and covered with gingerbread men on the can.
Next up for the holiday is Adoration from Ommegang …
Take their Dark ale and then barrel age it and then open on Christmas to relax.