Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Twelve Beers of Christmas 2020 - Preview

For 2020, the Twelve Beers of Christmas is relating beers to real estate. That's right, we're celebrating Christmas with the Twelve Beers of Buying a House. We'll relate a beer to each of 12 phases of buying a house. You'll find out the phases during the Twelve Beers of Christmas, but for now, here are the prompts or categories for your Twelve Beers. That way you can buy a beer from your market and drink along with me.

Leave a comment below and let me know what your Twelve Beers are! Dec 25 - A Low-Calorie Beer Dec 26 - A Local Beer Dec 27 - A Beer that's Too Big to Drink on Your Own Dec 28 - Something Awful Dec 29 - A Sampler Pack Dec 30 - A Middle of the Road Beer Dec 31 - A Beer from a Brewery that was Purchased by Another Brewery Jan 1 - A Happy Beer Jan 2 - Mystery Beer (have someone else buy it for you and wrap it, then open it on Jan 2nd) Jan 3 - Someone/thing walking on the label (or feet or legs on the label) Jan 4 - Special Occasion Beer Jan 5 - Your Favorite Beer

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Twelfth Beer of Christmas 2019 - Cabotella

The brewery is only 30 minutes from Cabo San Lucas and Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina. Next time you're on the beach, wheather you're in Meixco or not, grab a Cabotella instead of the margarita. But if you see Sammy, you might want to go for the margarita instead.

  • Appearance: Crystal clear gold with a thin head
  • Aroma: Light orange aroma with vanilla and bread dough
  • Taste: A bit sweet with a touch of orange and a little biscuit.
  • Feel: Mildly acidic with a dry finish. Crisp with lots of carbonation

  • Brewer: Baja Brewing Company
  • Location: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
  • Website:
  • Style: American Blonde Ale
  • Alcohol Content: 5.5%

Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Eleventh Beer of Christmas 2019 - Xingu

Xingu (pronounced shin-goo) is a 20th century beer based upon a recipe from 1557. That original recipe called for corn and yuca to be used in the beer.

  • Appearance: Deep chestnut brown
  • Aroma: Chocolate and licorice
  • Taste: Less extreme than the dark color would make you think. Chocolate and licorice in the flavor, too, along with mild coffee and grass. A bit earthy and a bit sweet.
  • Feel: Creamy like cream soda

  • Brewer: Cervejaria Kaiser
  • Location: Jacarei, Brazil
  • Website:
  • Style: Schwarzbier
  • Alcohol Content: 4.7%

Friday, January 3, 2020

The Tenth Beer of Christmas 2019 - Irish Wheat

When I think Guinness, I always think of Guinness Stout. From now on, I'll definitely think Guinness the next time I want something light, too.

  • Appearance: Hazy straw with lots of chunky floaters
  • Aroma: Lemons, bananas, white pepper, coriander, cloves, cracker
  • Taste: Yeast, graham cracker, banana, a little lemon, and a little pepper
  • Feel: Creamy texture, medium body


Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Ninth Beer of Christmas 2019 - Old Engine Oil

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  • Appearance: Black, just like used motor oil
  • Aroma: Dark chocolate, medium roast coffee, and figs
  • Taste: Not as heavy and filling as you'd think. Medium-heavy body. Lightly sweet. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
  • Feel: Good carbonation.

  • Brewer: Harviestoun Brewery
  • Location: Alva, Scotland
  • Website:
  • Style: English Porter
  • Alcohol Content: 6.0%

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Eighth Beer of Christmas 2019 - Fuller's ESB

Fuller's ESB is a style icon and the original Extra Special Bitter.

  • Appearance: Deep brassy amber with a minimal head
  • Aroma: Yogurtsweet malt, a fancy toffee
  • Taste: Sweet & rich caramel malt, a bit earthy, and a touch of berry fruitiness. The aftertaste is a bit like orange marmalade.
  • Feel: Smooth with low carbonation and a medium body

  • Brewer: Fuller Smith & Turner
  • Location:  London, England
  • Website:
  • Style: Extra Special Bitter
  • Alcohol Content: 5.9%