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by Sean on April 21, 2016

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The Beers of Christmas – Day 13

by Sean on December 7, 2016

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Genesee is our next brewery stop for their Winter Warmer, described thusly…”This Winter Warmer boasts a brilliant, but very deep burnished copper color and has a full body with a warming alcohol presence. Its complex dry dark chocolate flavors highlight subtle fruit and raisin notes in its huge malty profile, yet is exceptionally smooth. We used a blend of pale malts along with judicious amounts of caramel and dark specialty malts to give our ale its luscious complexity. We balanced this unique beer with traditional noble hops for bitterness and aroma.”

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Christmas Beer Review # 1 – Jubelale

by Sean on December 7, 2016

There are three Christmas beers that I always have at least one bottle of: Anchor, Sierra Nevada and Deschutes with their rotating label of art, Jubelale.
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The Jubelale page of the Deschutes website declares that the beer has “Cocoa, dried fruit, and toffee notes. A robust ale with a warming spice.”

And here are my thoughts….
Such a cool label this year. Bright and colorful while remaining wintry. The beer pours a brown with orange tints. My first reaction is smoke. Leather and tobacco combined. Bright with minor cherry notes too. Almost has a barrel-aged quality to it.

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The Beers of Christmas – Day 12

by Sean on December 6, 2016

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Next up we shovel some snow with Braxton Brewing and their winter seasonal, Snow Shovel which mixes ginger, cinnamon and honey together and then throws them into rum barrels.

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You Pick

by Sean on December 6, 2016

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Wow, You Pick is an ambitious fruit salad that Allagash has concocted with three different berries and cherries too. But if anyone can blend this sour ale and get the mix to work, it would be Allagash.

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The Beers of Christmas – Day 11

by Sean on December 5, 2016

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Santa gets the Prairie Artisan Ales treatment for their barrel-aged Christmas release from the Oklahoma brewery.

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Hop Atari

by Sean on December 5, 2016

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This looks like it is marketed towards us older folk who remember when games were Pong and Galaxia..

New Holland Hoptronix took an experimental beer that was well received, and made it year-round in 2017. This 9% Imperial IPA is brewed with Mosaic hops.

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The Beers of Christmas – Day 10

by Sean on December 4, 2016

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The winter ale from Two Beers Brewing in Washington State is named for a piece of winter gear that you probably need your wits about to work.

“Dark and toasty, this warming winter ale offers notes of chocolate, date, plum, and orange with a dash of hops. The deep dark color and full flavored finish pair perfectly with winter nights, outdoor adventures, and holiday celebrations.”

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38 Degrees + HPB

by Sean on December 4, 2016

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Bob Kunz of Highland Park Brewery will be featured in a beer dinner tomorrow night at the Monrovia location of 38 Degrees, one of the best spots for craft beer as you venture San Gabriel Valley way.

Could be a great way to celebrate the holidays (or be an early Christmas gift)

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The Beers of Christmas – Day 9

by Sean on December 3, 2016

Our next stop is in Hood River Oregon for 2, count ’em 2, winter seasonals from Full Sail
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…then….
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You Can Only Use…

December 3, 2016

http://simplyhops.co.uk/news/the-underdog-project/?SID=jdvvjtoqsrabvlhlr9rpurs6d0 What would a brewer do if they were restricted from using the most popular hop varietal when designing the recipe for an IPA? That is the question asked by the Underdog Project from Simply Hops. First, what if there isn’t enough of the “cool” hops and it becomes an agricultural imperative since a bad […]

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