Merry Christmas – What Will You Be Drinking?

December 24th, 2009 · 11 Comments · Notes

Merry Christmas to all of you beer-loving readers out there!

The holidays are a perfect time to break out a special bottle or pick up some seasonal beer from the market. What will you be enjoying this year?

At the top of my list is a bottle of a 2007 New Belgium La Folie Falling Rock 10th Anniversary Edition, which Jeanne so kindly gave to me for Christmas (yes, we’ve opened our gifts already!). Other than that, maybe a 2008 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, and I’d love to pick up some of this year’s Anchor Christmas Ale (their 35th annual release!!!).

Whatever you’re drinking or doing this holiday season, cheers!

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  • harborguy

    A very Merry Christmas to all!

    Drinking today and tomorrow:

    Alaskan Smoked Porter 2008
    Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA 2009
    Skagit River Brown Ale 2009

    Might also bring out some Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2008.
    Your mention of it made me want some.

  • P. Fruit Trees

    Starting with a Pike Entire ’09 between my wife and I, followed up with maybe a Silver City Imp. Stout.

    Tomorrow might settle down in front of the fire with a Cherry Adam or Fred from the Wood.

    Happy Christmas.

  • blackhook

    Based on your Northwest Brewing News taste test results, I’ve been enjoying Big Al’s Winter Ale – agreed, it is wonderful…beautifully-rich & balanced. College Inn Pub & Barking Dog recently had it on tap.

    I tried a bottle of Goose Island Christmas, but it seemed too malty to me this year.

    Otherwise, I love the usual suspects – Sierra Nevada Celebration, Snoqualmie Avalanche, Boundary Bay Cabin Fever, Deschutes Jubelale.

    Had Anchor Christmas on tap @ Brouwer’s a few weeks ago – really nice, and low alcohol too, ~5.6% i think. Thought it was excellent from the bottle as well…not too spicy this year, just nicely complex & velvety.

    Anyway, a Very Beery Christmas to all! -Phil

  • blackhook

    Oh, and I forgot Port Brewing’s Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout . It’s a big boy, and just tremendous as most Port beers are.

    But you could hardly go wrong with the Goose Bourbon County Stout, that’s for sure.

  • Deverie

    Sipping on Kasteel Rouge and Russian River Consecration with all of these desserts in the house. Delish.

  • Erik

    Merry Christmas!!

    Being in Florida, jealous??, I have a few options for beer. Belle’s Amber is in town, along with some DFH, Stone & Lagunitas options. I did bring some stuff with me though, Batch 69 liter of Fred and a couple of World Wide Stout. Heavy and leaded, that’s how I do the holidays.

  • Jeanne

    Well, our Christmas was filled with champagne and wine, but Jeff, Jennifer, and I did open one beer apiece. We had
    – Praying Mantis Porter (brewed by The Shipyard Brewing Company, Portland, ME for The Hartford Better Beer Company, W. Hartford, CT)
    -Whale’s Tale Pale Ale (brewed by Cisco Brewers in Nantucket, MA
    -Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA (brewed by Thomas Hooker Brewing Company in Bloomfield, CT) – definitely the best of the three, and why not? A brewing company named after the founder of Hartford, Connecticut’s capital? Excellent!

    Merry Christmas! I and everyone in your soon-to-be-extended family miss you!

    P.S. – Erik – I don’t envy you being in Florida. I will take my Christmas covered in snow any day!

  • Gibson

    Christmas is a good excuse to raid the cellar! We tried the 1999 and 2000 Rogue Old Crustacean. Both were still alive and kicking!

    Hope you had a great Christmas!

  • Pat

    2006 Trader Joe’s special edition (its unibroue with a TJ’s logo for $5), i pick up a couple every year

  • Pat

    for non-special editions, i picked up a case of the deschutes jubeale at costco and was pleasantly surprised

  • Kevin

    Wow, somehow missed this one.

    We kept it simple this Christmas. We went through another case of Celebration Ale, had some Hale’s Wee Heavy and McTarnahan’s Goose Bump. I also cold crashed a few bottles of my Belgian IPA that is busy conditioning; a little young tasting, but definitely getting there.

    Since I just started my cellar a few weeks back, I had nothing special to bring out for the holiday. Although, since then I have tucked away some Abyss and a case of Rogue’s XS: Imperial Porter that I picked up at Eugene City Brewery last night for $16.00


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