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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.
|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!
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Beer Here (Denmark)
Danish brewing legend Christian Skovdal Andersen was the founder and artistic force behind Ølfabrikken, until the brewery fell on some hard times. That didn’t stop Christian. After some saving and planning, he has now founded his own company, Beer Here, and the beer world is already talking about his new brews.
Hopticulus 9.0% ABV 500 ml 15-
Hoptilicus is a barleywine hopped like a double IPA. The idea was to make a strong complex ale show casing both the hops and malts while retaining drinkability from the use of Danish beet sugar which ferments away leaving only alcohol drying the beer out. The label is inspired by a famous Danish B-movie from the 50’es.
Kremlin Crude (Russian Imperial Stout) 10.0% 500 ml 16-
The vinous, rich nose is layered with malt, coffee, roasted grains and pungent smoke. Toffee from the malt and alcohol build to meet the hops, then the flavours melt together with Islay whiskey and dark sultana raisins.
Rye Hopper 9.0% ABV 500 ml 15-
Called Hopfix in some markets, Rye Hopper started as a home brew recipe when Christian, founder of Beerhere started home brewing in the nineties. Wanting to brew a beer with rye, which is a stable grain of Danish cuisine he turned to the Internet and found a recipe from Denny Conn, award winning home brewer from Oregon. After brewing in the kitchen for a few years Christian started a brewery where the recipe lived on for a number of years as Ølfabrikken Rug IPA. When starting Beerhere in 2008, Hopfix would be one of the first beers to be brewed. In the intervening years the recipe has been continually modified but in its heart is it still based on Denny Rye IPA.
SoD (Baltic Porter) 7.5% ABV 500 ml 15-
Full of dark chocolate, cocoa, carmel, figs and black fruit flavors. Full body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. An amazing example of this rare beer style.
Other New Beers
Mikkeller SpontanCherry Frederiksdal (Belgium) 8.2% ABV 375 ml 22-
Mikkeller gets a little sour. SpontanCherry is an oak aged sour ale by the Danish gypsy brewery. Frederiksdal refers to the estate from which the beer gets its sour cherries.
Mikkeller SpontanNoble (Belgium) 8.2% ABV 375 ml 22-
This Belgian Gueze style beer is aged in Sauternes Wine Barrels giving it an amazing wine/grape character which blends extremely well with the sour/tart gueze.
Mikkeller AK Alive (USA) 8.0% ABV 750 ml 19-
Only 1300 cases of this sour/wild ale by Mikkeller was Brewed at Anchorage Brewing Company. Based on Mikkeller's Wild Ale It's Alive, this beer has probably the strongest Funky Brettanomyces character of any of our wild beers. For fans of wild/funky beers only.
Christoffel Nobel (Netherlands) 8.7% ABV 330 ml 11-
This Imperial Pilsner/Strong Pale Lager is dry-hopped with Brambling Cross. 91 points at ratebeer.com. We were only able to get 2 cases this time around.
Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap (Belgium) 8.1% ABV 330 ml 7-
Slaapmutske literally means ‘Sleeping Cap,’ (and, as an extension, ‘nightcap’) in Flemish. The name came about a few years ago when brewer Dany de Smet and his lovely wife, Marleen, were trying to soothe their crying baby, Jonas. When all else failed, Dany hit on the idea of giving the lad a short lick of a finger dipped into a glass of one of Dany’s beers. And with that, young Jonas was out like a light. Marleen declared the beer to be a real ‘slaapmutske,’ and thus, a brewery was born.
Fantome Saison (Belgium) 8.1% ABV 750 ml 22-
This is a tremendously delicious, textural, and fizzy county ale, bright gold color, citric and sour, reminiscent of a good champagne or lambic but in a class all its own.
Fantôme – Golden ale, 8% alc. by volume, with a wonderfully musty and characterful aroma. There are many drinkers out there who believe this is the “Nectar of the Gods.” Certainly no other brewer makes beer like this, in Belgium or anywhere. How many beers of 8% plus offer such fresh fruitiness? A solid Belgian saison beer at its base, with an unusual overlay of fruitiness.
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noir (USA) 4.3% ABV 750 ml 22-
Dark, smooth, delicious. Aromas of worn leather and cool autumn nights. Notes of sweet plum and toasted raisin, hints of coffee and cacao. Lingering tart and refreshing finish.
Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calababaza (USA) 7.5% ABV 750 ml 22-
Brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of strong golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast.
If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose. -- Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy