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Winter Beer Search and Postcember

By Joe Ruvel · December 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Looking for a great keg for a holiday party can be challenging and a lot of fun. I love trying seasonal beers (yup a sucker for winter beers) and have been shopping around the last week for a good 5 gallon keg to serve at the 4th annual BAJ holiday party. I want something that taste like a holiday beer – spice, some roasted flavors, and has some body too it. But I don’t want a huge amount of alcohol or a real heavy beer. We are going to have a bunch of bottles of the big boys and people will bring all types of beer – so something drinkable between the 13% Belgians.  I will keep the keg I pick secret for now – but here are two I tried and liked a lot.

Doesn’t it look good? I think Full Sail got it right this year. There is some real harmony in that glass. I like the roast too – not too heavy but still at 7%.  Will go great with some holiday sugar cookies or something like that.  You should be able to find a six pack, at least on the west coast, all over the place. Try it out.

Snow Day by New Belgium. First off – isn’t that a great promo shot? I love the scarf – dorky yes – but a good idea in my book. I liked this one. It was on the lighter side of winter ales – but still was a good one. I don’t always love all their beers – but I got into this one and would love to try it again.

Postcember!  -  So as you probably have noticed – the posting here has been sparse to say the least. Well – I am going to try and change that this month. So get ready for a post a day in this lovely month of holiday parties and beverages! You know how this blog loves beverages of all types.  If you want me to cover anything specific – shoot me an email – joe at beeratjoes.com .  I can tell you for sure the beer is going to be flowing this month. Cheers!

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Dan // Dec 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

    A post a day! I’m totally holding you guys to that… I would like a post about winterbocks.