The first 7 days on the Advent Calendar of Beer
Dec. 1 – St. Bernardus Christmas Ale in a bottle (Brouwerij St. Bernard)
Dec. 2 – 2007 St. Fillian’s Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (aka Barleywine) on Cask (Selin’s Grove Brewing Co.)
Dec. 3 – Bush de Noël – Scaldis Noel (Dubuisson)
Dec. 4 – Razz Merry (Selin’s Grove Brewing Co.) – a brown ale made with raspberries; had it straight up, and also in a 1:2 blend with Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout
Dec. 5 – Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2006 (Anchor Brewing Co.)
Dec. 6 – Samichlaus Bier 2003 (Schloss Eggenberg) This beer gets a special mention since it is brewed only once a year on December 6. We drank it to honor this year’s batch. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it is the strongest lager beer in the world with 14 % alcohol and 32° original extract content.
Dec. 7 – New York Lights Christmas Ale (Brutal Deluxe Brewing) This is our homebrew, and one of two Christmas beers we brewed in 2007. This particular beer was brewed during a camping trip at Watkins Glen, and the flavor was enhanced with orange zest, cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger. Right now, the ginger is a bit overpowering, but we’re hoping it will mellow a bit. It did have a really nice head and a beautiful amber glow.