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Two winter beer tastings at The Jug Shop this weekend
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Two winter beer tastings at The Jug Shop this weekend

By Joe Ruvel · December 2nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Drink the winter away – what else are you going to do!  A plethora of beers to taste at the Jug Shop in San Francisco – from their website:

Imported & Domestic Winter Brews
Friday 12/5 & Saturday 12/6

Get Yer Beer Bells On!

“Christmas beers, also known as Winter Warmers, are a tradition dating back at least 2,000 years, with the ancients making highly intoxicating brews to celebrate winter’s Saturnalia. This brewmaking evolved into a holiday celebration when medieval monks, the world’s first professional brewers, pulled out their finest ingredients to produce soul-warming styles for the occasion. Today brewers continue the custom, either with centuries-old recipes or newfangled concoctions with spices and herbs, enabling thirsty beer fans to put aside their everyday favorites each winter and deck the halls with the world’s most flavorful ales and lagers, brewed especially for the holidays.” from Don Russell’s Christmas Beer: The Cheeriest, Tastiest, and Most Unusual Holiday Brews.

In America and around the globe, seasonal brews have become the hallmark of the craft beer and microbrew world, focusing on the weather and seasonally available ingredients. Winter brews are probably the best known of these. These “strong” beers (i.e. higher in alcoholic strength) are brewed specifically for the winter season, traditionally to fortify travelers during long, cold treks but also to mark special occasions and holidays.

So maybe SF doesn’t have winter weather as such, but we DO loves us a celebration! And due to the hearty nature of these beers you could even put some aside for summer, when our notorious inclement weather begs for something “soul-warming”.

Our no holds barred tasting of holiday brews was initially planned for a single evening. However we quickly realized that due to the sheer number of interesting beer we’d like to show (and the associated alcohol levels) that this may lead to some sort of feral foamy fracas. Therefore, we are splitting the tasting into two parts.

The first tasting on Friday will feature imports from Belgium, Austria and Germany. We’ll have 10 of these open, including brews from Brasserie Dupont, Scaldis, Gouden Carolus, Delirium, St. Bernardus, De Glazen Toren, Samiclaus and Pinkus. Then on Saturday, we’ll showcase 14 winter beers from domestic craft brew stars such as He’Brew, Moylans, Marin Brewing Company, Shipyard, Avery, Deschutes, New Belgium, Anchor and Wandering Aengus.

Tasting fee for each event is $15 per person. Helmets are optional.

Jingle Beer Part I – The Imports
Friday, December 5th
6pm to 8pm
$15 per person

Jingle Beer Part II – The Domestics
Saturday, December 6th
5pm to 7pm
$15 per person

Our in-store tastings are informal, no RSVP is required.  Tasting fees are generally between $10 and $20 per person other than when noted.

Tags: Tastings

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brian Yaeger // Dec 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Were you there? Went both nights but didn’t see you guys. Either you were far, far away on other side of bar, or was tipsy from those strong warmers.

  • 2 Joe Ruvel // Dec 16, 2008 at 10:35 am

    nah unfortunately the world conspired to not let us get there – sorry we missed it to :-( What were your favorites?

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