Holiday Ale # 25 – Single Chair

Magic Hat Single Chair

Time to head for the slopes for the next wintry beer installment. Sit down on your chair of choice for Single Chair from Magic Hat.

“Single Chair is a light, medium-bodied golden ale with a greasy aroma and a malt forward flavor.  Smooth and drinkable, perfectly balanced like nature itself…”

Holiday Ale # 9 – Starlit from Magic Hat

Magic Hat Starlit

Not a huge fan of star anise because it has to be doled out in judicious amounts but this could really work as a winter warmer from Magic Hat. “Starlit is a true, robust English porter. Medium bodied and full of dark chocolate and caramel malt flavors. The finish is dried with lingering flavors of star anise and slight warmth of alcohol.”

Purpose Energy

Using your beer to make energy for your next beer. That is the basic conceit behind Purpose Energy.

Check out their website and see what they did at Magic Hat. I can see some of the regional and super-regional breweries taking a good hard look at this idea.

Happy Anniversary

Today is my 10th Wedding Anniversary!! In honor of that momentous occasion, here is a list of 10 beers and breweries to mark each passing milestone.

1st – Papier from The Bruery
2nd – 2 Degrees Below from New Belgium
3rd – 3 Floyds Brewing
4th – #4 from Upright Brewing
5th – 5 Apostles Saison from Devil’s Backbone Brewing
6th – Six Points Brewing
7th – 7 Seas Brewing
8th – Vertical Epic 8-8-07 from Stone Brewing
9th – # 9 from Magic Hat Brewing
10th – Tenth Anniversary Ale from Allagash

Top Beers of 2009

Here are my best beers of the year list (in no particular order)…..

Magic Hat # 9
had this at Naja’s place after horrible traffic and getting lost. this beer made everything melt away.
Cali- Belgique aged in Oak (Handpump)
Orange cream with hops. A breakfast IPA?
Rubicon Goldfinger (Nitro)
thank you Blue Palms for the Nitro!!
HUB 7 Grain Survival Stout
a great, hearty and complex stout that still lingers in memory
Widmer Teaser
light and completely different. tea flavors in a beer.

My current beer wish list

These are the (4) breweries that I cannot get out here in Southern California but really want to try…..

Three Floyds
Magic Hat
Cigar City
and most of all…..NEW GLARUS!

What brewery do you wish distributed to you?