holiday beers

2013 Holiday Beers now available!

 

Rare and Limited Holiday Beers

Our 2013 holiday beer order has arrived. Supplies of all these beers are limited and we will not be able to place another order until next year so don't wait too long to give them a try.

Beer Name Country ABV Size Price
Mikkeller Hoppin Loving Christmas Belgium 7.8% 750 ml 25-  
  Has been described as having “a brutal level of hoppiness, without being overly bitter.” Mikkeller has managed to give this beer and intense hop flavor without the usual bitterness. A perfect hint of ginger adds an amazing spice character.
Mikkeller Santa's Helper Belgium 11.0% 750 ml 25-
  An 11% Belgian quadruple style ale. Delicious with big flavors of cookie dough, chocolate, figs and spice. The addition of actual cocoa powder makes this one incredibly special.
Mikkeller From/To Belgium 8.0% 750 ml 25-
  The dedicated guys at Mikkeller have simply outdone themselves with this holiday version of a Baltic Porter. Earthy and hoppy with hits of coffee, dark fruit and a full roastiness. A great example of the new hoppy Belgian artisan beer movement.
Struise Tsjeeses Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 13-
  A deep blonde abbey-style trippel that has been aged for 8 months over different stone fruits. Once you try one you too will say “Tsjeeses, what a beer”.
“Don't f**k with the Tsjeeses.” --Coen Brothers, Big Lebowski
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 13-
  Apparently Struise decided to f**k with the Tsjeeses. They took 4 barrels of Tsjeeses and gave it a 6 month aging on oak. A bit rough when we first received it in 2011, we have aged a bunch of it and it has really come together.
Thiriez Bière de Noël France 6.0% 330 ml 8-
  A beautiful red-gold wheat beer, with quite subtle all-spice and orange peel added. A slightly tart and quite refreshing festive brew. Champagne for the true beer lover.
De Ranke Pere Noel Belgium 7.0% 330 ml 8-
  The De Ranke brewers make small batches of what many consider the best specialty beers of Belgium. Their beers are robust and flavorful, and famous for their massive hoppiness. With incredibly small production, The Bayou is extremely lucky to get their beers. Pere Noel defies the usual holiday beer custom. It has a gorgeous cellar aroma with a distinctive hoppy dryness. A true Champagne of beers.
Slaapmutske Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap Belgium 8.1% 330 ml 7-
  Brouwerij Slaapmutske’s “Kerstmutske” Christmas Nightcap is a dark red top-fermented beer, brewed without spices, and refermented in the bottle. This 7.4% ABV Belgian holiday ale is brewed with an assortment of specialty malts and aromatic hops, resulting in a very malty mouthfeel, followed by a soft, warm, medium-dry finish.
To Øl Shameless Santa Denmark 10.0% 750 ml 25-
  Rich fruits with caramel and malt. Sweet but finishing with a dry alcohol warmth.
To Øl Snowball Saison Denmark 8.0% 750 ml 25-
  A SUPER sparkling crisp and dry Saison that has been after fermented with milk acid bacterias and dry hopped over and over to give the beer a crisp and smooth tart finish (not to mention…. there is a lot of hops of course…)
To Øl Frost Bite Holiday IPA Denmark 6.0% 500 ml 17-
  This holiday IPA is brewed with orange peel and pine needles giving a nice citrus notes with an almost breath mint like finish. Some detect dandelions and spruce. Very complex.

Ridgeway Holiday Beers

The Ridgeway Brewery is named for the oldest road in the British Isles and Europe, running nearly 100 miles, past that other ancient landmark, Stonehenge. It is now only passable by foot.

Bad Elf UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Old England meets the new world in this strong, warming winter IPA.
Very Bad Elf UK 7.5% 500 ml 10-
  A Special Old Ale brewed from a 1795 recipe using specially-grown ingredients.
Seriously Bad Elf UK 9.0% 500 ml 11-
  An English Double Ale with a bit of Belgian character. Unique for the U.K.
Criminally Bad Elf UK 10.5% 500 ml 11-
  A boffo Barley Wine. Same basic recipe as Thomas Hardy's Ale.
Insanely Bad Elf UK 12.0% 330 ml 11-
  Billed as an Imperial Red Ale this is a gorgeous and tasty beer.
Warm Welcome UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  A stronger brown ale with more hops than you'd expect.
Santa's Butt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Strong porter. The original name for porter was Entire Butt, meaning the whole barrel.
Pickled Santa UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Amber, spiced Christmas Ale.
Lump of Coal UK 8.0% 500 ml 11-
  Liquid consolation for a depressing holiday. Considering how bad you have been, this 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is more than you deserve.
Reindeer's Revolt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-

 
A golden amber, hop-accented, English “winter warmer” brewed without spices.
Reindeer Droppings UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Falling from the sky like little bombs of flavour come the Reindeer Droppings! Each one is sweet like California raisins, but bitter and pungent like a freshly peeled grapefruit, lip-smackingly tasty...then 'pow!' it's gone.

What the hell are you doing still reading this?!?!? There are beers to be consumed!

The Bayou
645 S. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Holiday Beers 2012

The Bayou's 2012 Holiday Beers now Available

 

Rare and Limited Holiday Beers

Our 2012 holiday beer order has arrived. Supplies of all these beers are limited and we will not be able to place another order until next year so don't wait too long to give them a try.

Beer Name Country ABV Size Price
Mikkeller Hoppin Loving Christmas Belgium 7.8% 750 ml 25-  
  Has been described as having “a brutal level of hoppiness, without being overly bitter.” Mikkeller has managed to give this beer and intense hop flavor without the usual bitterness. A perfect hint of ginger adds an amazing spice character.
Mikkeller Ris A La Male Belgium 8% 375 ml 16-  
  Save this one for dessert. Risalamande is a Danish Christmas dessert made using rice, vanilla, sugar, salt, cream/milk, cherries and almon extract. Mikkeller took that recipe and decided to brew it into a distinctively sweet cherry beer with a nice tartness for balance. Nutty and vanilla undertones finish off this very unique beer.
Mikkeller Santa's Helper Belgium 11.0% 750 ml 25-
  An 11% Belgian quadruple style ale. Delicious with big flavors of cookie dough, chocolate, figs and spice. The addition of actual cocoa powder makes this one incredibly special.
Mikkeller From/To Belgium 8.0% 750 ml 25-
  The dedicated guys at Mikkeller have simply outdone themselves with this holiday version of a Baltic Porter. Earthy and hoppy with hits of coffee, dark fruit and a full roastiness. A great example of the new hoppy Belgian artisan beer movement.
Struise Tsjeeses Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 15-
  A deep blonde abbey-style trippel that has been aged for 8 months over different stone fruits. Once you try one you too will say “Tsjeeses, what a beer”.
“Don't f**k with the Tsjeeses.” --Coen Brothers, Big Lebowski
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 16-
  Apparently Struise decided to f**k with the Tsjeeses. They took 4 barrels of Tsjeeses and gave it a 6 month aging on oak. A bit rough when we first received it in 2011, we have aged a bunch of it and it has really come together.
Thiriez Bière de Noël France 6.0% 750 ml 16-
  A beautiful red-gold wheat beer, with quite subtle all-spice and orange peel added. A slightly tart and quite refreshing festive brew. Champagne for the true beer lover.
Serafijn Christmas Angel Belgium 8.0% 750 ml 22-
  A tiny Belgian brewery wedged into a crowded garage on a quiet street in a small Flemish town. Started by an ex music teacher, Achilles Van de Moer, makes simple, honest beers and takes as his symbol the Seraph, a six-winged high angel of heaven. A hearty amber brew, well-balanced and warming with just the right spirit.

Ridgeway Holiday Beers

The Ridgeway Brewery is named for the oldest road in the British Isles and Europe, running nearly 100 miles, past that other ancient landmark, Stonehenge. It is now only passable by foot.

Bad Elf UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Old England meets the new world in this strong, warming winter IPA.
Very Bad Elf UK 7.5% 500 ml 10-
  A Special Old Ale brewed from a 1795 recipe using specially-grown ingredients.
Seriously Bad Elf UK 9.0% 500 ml 11-
  An English Double Ale with a bit of Belgian character. Unique for the U.K.
Criminally Bad Elf UK 10.5% 500 ml 11-
  A boffo Barley Wine. Same basic recipe as Thomas Hardy's Ale.
Warm Welcome UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  A stronger brown ale with more hops than you'd expect.
Santa's Butt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Strong porter. The original name for porter was Entire Butt, meaning the whole barrel.
Pickled Santa UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Amber, spiced Christmas Ale.
Lump of Coal UK 8.0% 500 ml 11-
  Liquid consolation for a depressing holiday. Considering how bad you have been, this 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is more than you deserve.
Reindeer's Revolt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-

 
A golden amber, hop-accented, English “winter warmer” brewed without spices.
Reindeer Droppings UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Falling from the sky like little bombs of flavour come the Reindeer Droppings! Each one is sweet like California raisins, but bitter and pungent like a freshly peeled grapefruit, lip-smackingly tasty...then 'pow!' it's gone.

What the hell are you doing still reading this?!?!? There are beers to be consumed!

The Bayou
645 S. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Urthel Samaranth Quadrinium

Urthel Samaranth 12 Quadrium Ale is perhaps the most undiscovered gem on our beer menu. Dusky, light brown in color with a slightly off-white foam. In the nose, it's sweet and faintly spicy with notes of dried fruit, nuts, chocolate and marzipan.

On the palate, it's big and bold, massively malty and slightly warming from the 11.5% alcohol by volume. It is long and shockingly dry in the finish.

RateBeer.com gives Samaranth 96 out of 100 points while Beer Advocate gives it a solid A-.

While not technically brewed for the holidays, this malty quad is a perfect warming beer for these colder winter days.

300ml  9-

2011 Holiday Beers now Available

Rare and Limited Holiday Beers

Nearly all of our 2011 holiday beer order has arrived. We are  still awaiting delivery on four of them but they should be arriving soon. Supplies are limited and we will not be able to place another order until next year so don't wait too long to give them a try.

Beer Name Country ABV Size Price
Ølfabrikken Kloster Jul Denmark 8.0% 650 ml 15-  
Kloster Jul
 
Ølfabrikken (The Beer Factory) is a small experimental brewery on the vibrant Danish beer scene. Kloster Jul is a hoppy Christmas Ale brewed with large quantities of American Chinook hops and wonderfully spiced with coriander and cinnamon.
Mikkeller Santa's Helper Belgium 11.0% 750 ml 21-
  Coming Soon
An 11% Belgian quadruple style ale. Delicious with big flavors of cookie dough, chocolate, figs and spice. The addition of actual cocoa powder makes this one incredibly special.
Mikkeller From/To Belgium 8.0% 750 ml 21-
  The dedicated guys at Mikkeller have simply outdone themselves with this holiday version of a Baltic Porter. Earthy and hoppy with hits of coffee, dark fruit and a full roastiness. A great example of the new hoppy Belgian artisan beer movement.
Struise Tsjeeses Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 14-
  Coming Soon
A deep blonde abbey-style trippel that has been aged for 8 months over different stone fruits. Once you try one you too will say “Tsjeeses, what a beer”.
  “Don't f**k with the Tsjeeses.” --Coen Brothers, Big Lebowski
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 16-
  Coming Soon
Apparently Struise decided to f**k with the Tsjeeses. They took 4 barrels of Tsjeeses and gave it a 6 month aging on oak. How we managed to get some is still a mystery.
Thiriez Bière de Noël France 6.0% 330 ml 8-
  A beautiful red-gold wheat beer, with quite subtle all-spice and orange peel added. A slightly tart and quite refreshing festive brew. Champagne for the true beer lover.
Fantome Noël Belgium 6.0% 330 ml 22-
  A very dark and entirely unique holiday seasonal beer, at a whopping 10% alc. by volume. Reportedly spiced with honey, caramel, coriander, black pepper, and other secret ingredients.
La Choulette de Noël France 7.0% 750 ml 20-
La Choulette de Noel
Stronger, fuller flavored version of the classic bière de garde. The New York Times anointed this beer the ultimate bière de garde, and rightly so. It’s a rich, rare treat from one of France’s old guard craft breweries.

Ridgeway Holiday Beers

The Ridgeway Brewery is named for the oldest road in the British Isles and Europe, running nearly 100 miles, past that other ancient landmark, Stonehenge. It is now only passable by foot.

Bad Elf UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Old England meets the new world in this strong, warming winter IPA.
Very Bad Elf UK 7.5% 500 ml 10-
  A Special Old Ale brewed from a 1795 recipe using specially-grown ingredients.
Seriously Bad Elf UK 9.0% 500 ml 10-
  An English Double Ale with a bit of Belgian character. Unique for the U.K.
Criminally Bad Elf UK 10.5% 500 ml 11-
  Coming Soon
A boffo Barley Wine. Same basic recipe as Thomas Hardy's Ale.
Insanely Bad Elf UK 12.0% 330 ml 9-
  Coming Soon
Billed as an Imperial Red Ale this is a gorgeous and tasty beer.
Warm Welcome UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  A stronger brown ale with more hops than you'd expect.
Santa's Butt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Strong porter. The original name for porter was Entire Butt, meaning the whole barrel.
Pickled Santa UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Amber, spiced Christmas Ale.
Lump of Coal UK 8.0% 500 ml 11-
  Liquid consolation for a depressing holiday. Considering how bad you have been, this 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is more than you deserve.
Reindeer's Revolt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-

 
A golden amber, hop-accented, English “winter warmer” brewed without spices.
Reindeer Droppings UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Falling from the sky like little bombs of flavour come the Reindeer Droppings! Each one is sweet like California raisins, but bitter and pungent like a freshly peeled grapefruit, lip-smackingly tasty...then 'pow!' it's gone.

What the hell are you doing still reading this?!?!? There are beers to be consumed!

Hoppers SnoAle shhh...

Well, we were keeping this on the down low and now that I've just had one I am very hesitant in even mentioning it. Why? Because it's so damn good I want it all for myself!

Hoppers brewmaster Donovan Steele has kicked out an absolutely amazing farmhouse style holiday beer. One word popped into my mind when drinking it: WOW!

Don't just take my word for it, here is some more gushing by our local beer blogger extrodinare Mike Riedel:

"Just when you thought that you had reached your local Holiday beer quota for the year, another crazy damn brewer decides to up the ante."

Read Mikey's whole take (which I couldn't agree with more) on his blog.

This is a true Artisinal product so supplies are very limited quantities. I thank Donovan and Hoppers for letting us have any of it. If it were my beer I would have kept it all for my self.

Holiday Beer List 2009

HOLIDAY SEASONAL EXCLUSIVES

What more is there to say but The Bayou's holiday beers are here!!! Check out this years list. There are a few other secrets items but you'll have to ask about those in person (if there are any left).

Ølfabrikken Kloster Jul

Ølfabrikken (The Beer Factory) is a small experimental brewery on the vibrant Danish beer scene. Kloster Jul is a dark and hoppy Christmas Ale brewed with large quantities of American Chinook hops and wonderfully spiced with coriander and cinnamon.

Mikkeller Santa's Helper

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