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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Genuine, Nov 6, 2019.
Sam’s Winter Lager
Founders Imperial Stout!!! Glad I can say that again.
Also, Celebration and hibernation ale are my two other favorites. Jubilee by deschutes and Fremont’s winter ale are good as well.
Shared a six of Jubelale this past weekend with two of my brothers. Very good and always look forward to its appearance. Kinda iffy about this year’s art tho.
Will definitely pick up a six pack or two of Xocoveza.
I'll need to start working on my 12 Beers of Christmas before long. I'm thinking I might incorporate a few of the beers I'd been saving for a share that never materialized. I have a few Firestone Walker boxed releases, and I will probably include a St. Bernardus Christmas Ale and an Anchor Our Special Ale. Other than that, who knows? All will be revealed in due time.
I really enjoyed DFH Beer for Breakfast that dropped here a couple Thanksgivings ago (aka "scrapple beer")
now that my sister has moved to Raleigh i always ask her to grab some Highland Black Watch when it comes out. been known to have a few on Xmas morning.
Around Xmas there usually find their way into my glass:
Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Anchor "Our Special Ale" Christmas
Sly Fox Christmas Ale
I also get Troegs Mad Elf for my dad, but I usually pass on it.
I don't believe ST still makes it but I once looked forward to Krampus. That beer was definitely part of my holiday traditions for sure. I totally forgot about PA Tux - I'll have to keep an eye out for that.
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned it yet but (like all of you so far) I forgot to mention a Christmas 'tradition' in my post above in this thread. Samichlaus is one that I try to drink every year during the holidays, but I forgot about it last year until just before Christmas, and by then couldn't find it at my two favorite stores. Maybe many of you also look at this beer as a tradition and that's why it disappears from the shelf at this time of the year. Buy it now folks while you can.
There’s no Pennsylvania Tuxedo this year.
As others have mentioned:
Old Fezziwig- i'l be buying 3 12- packs just to have more than 3 bottles
Great Lakes Christmas Ale
The only two I'm likely to buy are Celebration and Hibernation (if i can find it not too old). Otherwise I'll just be drinking some of what I've got in the 'cellar':
'17 BCBS & '18 BCBS, BCBS Reserve and Wheatwine
'17 Thomas Hardy's Ale
DFH Worldwide Stout & Olde School Barleywine
Alesmith Speedway Stout
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half
St. Bernardus Pater 8
Barrier Rip Rap (Baltic Porter)
I literally could live through the winter solely off Founders big beer offerings. CBS in 12oz bottles now is icing on the cake. Just wish that Curmudgeon were back in rotation or Better Half is available again soon.
Wormtown's Blizzard of 78 has hit the shelves, a long time English Brown Ale favorite.
Chris, I have personally not seen this beer in my local beer retailers but according to the BeerMenus website it is available:
for taste, SN Celebration
for tradition, Shiner Holidays
You’d trust a beermenus list for reflecting new stock instead of Dogfish Head (check the bottom of the link)??
That list was dated December 2018. Perhaps they changed things since then.
P.S. An hour ago this beer was discussed on Untapped: https://untappd.com/b/dogfish-head-craft-brewery-pennsylvania-tuxedo/712205
Anyone tried Breckenridge Christmas Ale this year? I see that they're still putting out the party cans.
I did mention earlier that I still planned to purchase it this year
Anchor Christmas (always a fav every year)
3 Floyds Alpha Claus
TJ's / Unibroue Vintage Ale ( a steal @ $5.99)
Fat Heads Holly Jolly and Pimp my sleigh
Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs
Hoppin Frog Frosted Frog
Masthead Sleigh All Day
Platform Holiday Donut Cookie
(NE Ohio has tons of holiday brews made locally)
SA Old Fezz and Chocolate Bock
to name a few!
Let me say celebration was a disappointment, every year I really look forward to a balanced rich flavorful hopped up slightly bitter at the end pre xmas beer. This time way too malty and no hoppy sweetness involved. sux
SN celebration was a big let down, the malt has overpowered the slight sweetness of the hops. Didn’t know they used citra hops. Won’t buy anymore, tasted old but dated 10/ 10 2019
Slight sweetness ? Overpowered malt ? Wow, I just might like it this year .
How about Harywood Gingerbread Stout ? I hope I can find it this year especially their BB version.
This beer features (uses) Centennial hops.
I have yet to try this year's version but I have noticed that from year to year the malt to hop balance does indeed vary.
pFriem Winter Ale
It's great this year. I've hated on this beer for years for not having enough spice. It's very spiced this year. Either they added more or my palate changed. They also went to their 16.9 ounce bottle size. I picked my first of the season up two days ago for $5.89-wow.
Your right, every year it's different. Maybe tumbler will be better.
Its not the holidays for me without Juicy Tree from Shorts Brewing Company.
Our Old Chicago's Winter Mini Tour:
Anchor Christmas Ale
Sam Adams Winter Lager
New Belgium Cold Press Cream Ale
10 Barrel Pray for Snow
Bell`s Christmas Ale
Sierra Nevada Mint Stout - Exclusive
Yes! I've said this for years. I've even used this beer to make a gravy for our Christmas turkey.
N'ice Chouffe - ALWAYS at the top of my list. Tho, it's hard as all heck to find it in the Chicago area.
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
Sam Adams Winter Lager, Old Fezziwig, and Holiday Porter
Two Brothers Northwind
Old Irving Brewing's Krampus Cookies (small brewpub on NW side of Chicago)
Great Lakes Christmas Ale
Lakefront Holiday Spiced Lager
I miss Affligem's Noel. Haven't see that in Chicago for a number of years.
The Sam Adam's Winter Classic variety pack is out. Just picked up a case at Costco. Tho, I'm scratching my head as to how Sam '76 Lager qualifies as a "Winter Classic". They probably had some leftover from the summer and stuck it in the variety pack.
I don't know that I'm really looking forward to it as I buy it occasionally throughout the year, but I always buy this for seasonal dinners and parties because it's inexpensive but good.
That beer is the only sweet spiced holiday beer that I've ever liked. Must be just the right combination of spices. It's been years since I've seen it, and when I bought it I think it was while traveling thru Chicago. I don't know if it has ever been available in Michigan. Good to know it is still available. I'd love to find it again.