The Beers of Christmas – Day 27

We head up to Upland Brewing for a little Latitude Adjustment….
“Winter is coming. Cold weather, hats and gloves, and frosty windows are fast approaching, but we’re taking a stand against winter with a new seasonal beer. Starting November, Upland fans can just say no to snow with Latitude Adjustment, a tropical pale ale with pineapple and coconut.”

a year round Almanac

One of the more interesting brewery and beer release schedules comes from Almanac Brewing. They have done three different beers timed to the seasons with different seasonal produce. Now they are coming out with year round beers!

“Our Honey Saison and Extra Pale Ale are the first farm-to-bottle Almanac brews available year-round in convenient 12oz. bottles. Perfectly balanced, these beers are brewed with California barley, hand-selected additions from local farms, citrusy hops and a touch of oak. Whether shared with friends over a celebratory dinner or afternoon picnic, we invite you to enjoy a new line of beers that could only come from California. Now available in 4-packs of 12oz bottles and on draft.”

Honey Saison : 4.8%ABV
“Our Honey Saison is a beer for all seasons. Brewed with Bay Area honey from Marshall Farms, wheat, California two-row barley and fresh, local ginger root for a hint of spice. Balanced with earthy Mount Hood and Saaz hops and finished with a touch of French oak, this is a refreshing brew enjoyed best with your favorite seasonal fare.”

Extra Pale Ale : 6.0% ABV
“Our Belgian-style Extra Pale Ale is brewed with heaps of sweet Mandarin oranges from Blossom Bluff Farms and California two-row barley. We dry-hop with generous doses of aromatic Cascade and Columbus hops and finish the beer with a hint of lightly toasted American oak.”

The Werewolf (the beer)

You may have noticed last year that there was something other than Newcastle Brown on the market. A summer Newcastle. Well it was only the start.

Coming this fall (maybe in time for Halloween) will be Newcastle Werewolf…..
“What better way to toast the fall than to have a bottle of this formidable, dual character brew. At first, smooth with mellow overtones of sweet berry fruit, a bite of bitterness suddenly cuts through, long, deep and lingering. Brewed with rye malt, it is naturally ‘blood red’ in colour. Unlike te mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the bleak moorland surrounding Newcastle, this is real, so consider yourself warned!”


Bell’s Brewery has added hawberry to their latest iteration of the Eccentric Series. It was also brewed with maple syrup and other spices.

I have been lucky enough to sample a few Bell offerings, Oberon, the Christmas Ale and I have a Batch 9000 sitting in the cellar. This might be one to snag and try.

Highly Anticipated Seasonal # 2

I am as puzzled and curious as you are by this Stone label. Wine & tea flavors mixed up with beer? Can it work? My record with beers with wine notes is hit and miss. I have had Rogue’s Chamemellow and it was flat out delicious. It will be interesting. It worked in the collaboration saison earlier this year.

Kris Kringle – Day 17

We head to England and an emerging British beer star for 12 Days from Hook Norton Brewery

“Twelve Days has a dominant malty palate with nutty flavours. The use of roasted chocolate malt creates the rich colour. Hook Norton Managing Director James Clarke said: “Anyone drinking a glass of Twelve Days will quickly discover that it has the depth of character to warm even the coldest winter’s night.”main_image