Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Twelve of 2012 ... Get 'em While They're Cold!

OK ... so this year it doesn't seem much like Christmas (yet).  The leaves are brown and on the ground, but it's 70 degrees outside.  At least here in Texas.  However, I know it's that time of year and I'm excited. The Twelve Beers of Christmas are just around the corner.  Like last year, we're going to announce The Twelve a little early so you have time to buy and enjoy them along with us.

We decided to do a couple of things different from the last two years.  First, we went with a Christmas/Winter theme for the beers.  Every beer is a special seasonal brewed specifically for Christmas or the winter season. Truly the Twelve Beers of Christmas. Second, we DID NOT choose Sam Adam's Winter Lager.  Somehow we reviewed Sam Adam's Winter Lager both of the last two years.  We still picked up a Sam Adam's brew, but not the Winter Lager.

All the beers came from Spec's but I was in World Market earlier today and they carried all (or nearly all) of these.  And I'm sure that plenty of other stores around do, too.

For 2012, the Twelve Beers (in drinking order) are:

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Brooklyn Winter Ale,
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale, Breckenridge Christmas Ale 
  • December 25th - Christmas Ale from Saint Bernardus in Watou, Belgium
  • December 26th - Winter Ale from Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, NY.
  • December 27th - Christmas Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, TX
  • December 28th - Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery in Breckenridge, CO

Deschutes Jubelale, Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale,
Sam Adam's White Chistmas Ale, Alaskan Winter Ale
  • December 29th - Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon 
  • December 30th - Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, UK
  • December 31st - White Christmas Ale from Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) in Boston, MA (I could only find this one in the Sam Adam's Winter Classics Variety Pack)
  • January 1st - Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau, AK

Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Avery Old Jubilation Ale,
Full Sail Wassail Winter Ale, Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium  Noël
  • January 2nd - Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
  • January 3rd - Old Jubilation Ale from Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
  • January 4th - Wassail Winter Ale from Full Sail Brewing Brewing Company in Hood River, OR
  • January 5th - Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe in Melle, Belgium

Pick them up, drink them with us starting Christmas Day, and comment as we go.  The Twelve Beers of Christmas are a tradition to be shared!


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