Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Twelve of 2011 – Go Buy ‘em!

It’s cold outside.  The mall parking lot is full.  And everywhere I go Alvin and the Chipmunks are singing carols.  So rejoice!  It’s time for the Twelve Beers of Christmas!

This year we’re going to do things a bit different.  We want you to join us.  We went out and bought the Twelve ahead of time and they are listed below along with the days that we’ll be drinking them.   All the beers were purchased at World Market so they should be easy to find just about anywhere you live (except in Omaha … you guys will have to run over to Des Moines or find another store that carries them).

Black Butte Porter, Xingu, Hog Heaven, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Raison D'Etre, Wheat Beer

This year’s Twelve Beers (in drinking order) are:
  • Dec 25th – Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon
  • Dec 26th – Xingu from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira in Brazil
  • Dec 27th – Hog Heaven from Avery Brewing in Bolder, Colorado
  • Dec 28th – Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing in Escondido, California
  • Dec 29th – Raison D’Etre from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware
  • Dec 30th – Wheat Beer from Napa Smith in Napa, California
  • Dec 31st – Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing in Ft. Collins, Colorado
  • Jan 1st – Old Chub Scotch Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery in Lyons, Colorado
  • Jan 2nd – Agave Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery in Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 3rd – Tumbler from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, California
  • Jan 4th – Samuel Adams Winter Lager from the Boston Beer Co. in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 5th – Chimay Grande Reserve from Bières de Chimay in Belgium

Frambozen, Old Chub, Agave Wheat, Tumbler, Winter Lager, Grande Reserve
We’ll post our thoughts sometime in the evening of each day and welcome you to drink along and post your thoughts in the comments section.
So … take a deep breath, run out and fight throuh the Christmas shoppers at World Market, buy yourself some beer, and join us on Christmas Day for the First Beer of Christmas.

Until then, prosit!

PS – The nice thing about World Market is that you can buy the beer in singles (at least you can here) instead of having to buy a six-pack of everything.

PPS – I have no idea why the Twelve are so heavily populated by Colorado (4) and California (3) beers.  Last year I tried to spread them around geographically. This year I just picked up beers that looked interesting and that I either hadn’t tried or hadn’t tried in a while.

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