Category:  seasonal beer

Boozinween: Alternatives to Slutty

“I hate Halloween.” Not my words, but the words of a female friend of mine. “There’s all this pressure to wear something slutty and whatever I dress up as, I always feel homely compared to the other girls.” “Untrue”, I said! Only the most boring and vapid of women wear slutty costumes for Halloween these days. Guys are going to hate me for saying this, but ladies, you have options now! It’s 2011! Betty White is a sex icon! (Isn’t she? I’m pretty sure she is.) And just in case you’re too busy to explore or discover these options, I’ve listed a number of them below for your convenience. So without further ado… ways to dress on Halloween if you feel slutty is “so ninth grade”: hot — sexy — skimpy — voluptuous — suggestive — naked — titillating — sensuous– like you’re going to the club — racy —… Read More »

Seasonal Brews

Fashion is the true king of beers. “This Autumn, It’s AAALLLLL about maple syrup!” says beer fashionista, Pepe Velázquez. He points out a new brew with a truly chic label. “This beer is a pale ale infused with dead leaves. It’s not particularly appetizing, but nowadays who really cares?” Velázquez is a leader in the craft beer movement known as hopheads. According to hopheads beer isn’t about having flavor; it’s about being fabulous. He makes sense of it like this, “Drinking a beer just because you like how it tastes is like waking up in the morning and putting on clothes because they fit you. Beer like an outfit needs to have sass and it needs to have class.” This season dark ales are big as are beers containing exciting flavors like aged pumpkin, acorn squash and maple syrup. Whether or not the flavors are good or not is irrelevant…. Read More »

Cold Weather Booze – Stout and Porter

Hardly a cold day passes that there isn’t some form of black beer in my refrigerator. These rich, dark beers with notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted grain are perfect for cold weather sipping. The difference between stout and porter is almost indistinguishable these days. There are so many variations on each – chocolate, coffee, sweet, imperial, etc. – that both styles manage to cover the spectrum of dark beer tastes. One general truth remains – porters, like most other beer styles, rely on hops to balance the natural sweetness of beer while stouts include a type of dark roasted barley that contributes a particular sort of bitterness along with hops. It’s a subtle difference that’s difficult to distinguish in the glass. Dry stouts, of which Guinness Extra Stout is an example, are my favorite. Many breweries brew a dry stout all year long but even if they don’t,… Read More »

Twelve Days of Christmas Beer – Your local brewpub

By , December 23, 2009 in holiday, seasonal beer

While you’re out picking up all these great beers shipped in from all over for your yuletide enjoyment, don’t forget the local brewpub around the corner. No doubt the brewer there has been working on a tasty seasonal beer. Drop in for a taste and maybe buy a growler. Nothing makes you more welcome at the annual Christmas party like a jug or two of beer under your arm!christmas beer holiday beer seasonal beer winter warmer

Twelve Days of Christmas Beer – Sampler Packs

By , December 22, 2009 in holiday, seasonal beer

If you can’t settle on just one style of beer for your holiday party check out the sampler packs that many brewers put out this time of year. For example, Samuel Adams always makes a nice pack available that features porters, winter warmers, fruit beers and, of course, their classic Boston Lager.christmas beer holiday beer seasonal beer winter warmer

Twelve Days of Christmas Beer – Old Jubilation

By , December 20, 2009 in holiday, seasonal beer

Fans of Avery Brewing Company in Boulder are familiar with the big, untamed beers put out by the brewery. The expectation for their holiday brew might be one crammed with fruit, nuts, candy canes and gingerbread cookies. But Old Jubilation is a classy English strong ale. The blend of malts used in making it results in a rich, tasty brew with hints of toffee and chocolate. The big flavor and 8% alcohol will certainly make you slow down and enjoy the holiday season.Avery Old Jubilation christmas beer holiday beer seasonal beer winter warmer

Twelve Days of Christmas Beer – Snow Cap

By , December 18, 2009 in holiday, seasonal beer

This annual offering from Pyramid is available from October through January. The winter warmer from Pyramid is a rich, dark beer with a full, chewy, sweet flavor. Some hops are present but the overall impression of this beer is similar to a sweet stout.christmas beer holiday beer pyramid snow cap seasonal beer winter warmer

Twelve Days of Christmas Beers – Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome Ale

By , December 17, 2009 in holiday, seasonal beer

This traditional winter warmer is a pleasant, unassuming English ale. Unlike its brethren yuletide beers, Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale doesn’t scream out with spice, fruit, or any other sort of in-your-face Christmas cheer. It is content to be a nice, mellow ale with hints of toasty biscuit. A very agreeable companion for a cold winter evening.christmas beer holiday beer Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome Ale seasonal beer winter warmer

Twelve Days of Christmas Beers – Nutcracker Ale

By , December 16, 2009 in holiday, seasonal beer

This is a rich, tasty winter warmer from Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City.  It has a nice, full malty flavor balanced with plenty of fresh hops character.  Nutcracker Ale is made with just barley, hops, water and yeast. Tasty and pure, what could be better?boulevard christmas beer holiday beer nutcracker ale seasonal beer winter warmer

Twelve Days of Christmas Beers – Santa’s Butt

By , December 15, 2009 in holiday, seasonal beer

First, let’s clarify something here. A butt is a large cask that can hold 126 gallons of beer. Get it? This beer caused some trouble a few years ago when the state of Maine tried – and failed – to ban it’s sale. Apparently a cheeky picture of Santa’s cheeks was just too much for Mainers. As for the beer itself, it is a sweet porter. Dark, roasty, and flavorful it’s a nice beer for yuletide quaffing.christmas beer holiday beer santas butt seasonal beer winter warmer