Yearly Archives: 2010

12 Beers of Christmas – Day 12: Our Special Ale from Anchor Brewing Company

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Our Special Ale! It’s finally the 12th day of Christmas. When I first started this series of beer reviews, I didn’t really know what I was in for. … Continue reading

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12 Beers of Christmas – Day 11: 2008 Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… 2008 Celebration Ale! We’re in the homestretch with the 12 Beers of Christmas series of beer reviews and I thought we’d finish up with some of the more recognizable … Continue reading

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12 Beers of Christmas – Day 10: Santa’s Private Reserve from Rogue Ales

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Santa’s Private Reserve Ale! Rogue Ales is one of those brewing companies that have always stood out on the shelves. Their bottles have a very graphic feel to … Continue reading

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Dickens Fair Homebrew Competition Recap

A little over week ago I had the distinct privilege of judging the Best of Show round for the Dickens Fair Best of Brew Competition. The Dickens Christmas Fair, held at the Cow Palace in Daly City, celebrates the Christmas … Continue reading

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12 Beers of Christmas – Day 9: Sleighr Dark Doüble Alt from Ninkasi Brewing Company

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Sleighr Dark Doüble Alt! My very first encounter with Ninkasi Brewing Company came a couple of years ago during the 2009 Legendary Boonville Beerfest. I was able to … Continue reading

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12 Beers of Christmas – Day 8: Yule Smith Holiday Ale

Author: The Rabid Brewer On the eighth day of Christmas, my homebrew-club-gift-exchange gave to me… a bottle of Yule Smith Holiday Ale. This festively decorated bottle from Alesmith Brewing Company looks right at home under the family Christmas Tree. Alesmith … Continue reading

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12 Beers of Christmas – Day 7: St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… St. Bernardus Christmas Ale! As sure as there were 3 wise men who presented baby Jesus with gifts, there were 3 Noël beers on my list this year. … Continue reading

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12 Beers of Christmas – Day 6: Delirium Noël

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Delirium Noël! Brouwerij (brewery) Huyghe is located in the Belgian town of Ghent and is the oldest, active brewery in the area. Leon Huyghe purchased a brewery in … Continue reading

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12 Beers of Christmas – Day 5: Affligem Noël Christmas Ale

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… A Belgian Christmas beer called Noël from Brouwerij Affligem. Of all the Christmas beers available during the holiday season, the Noël beers happen to be one of my … Continue reading

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12 Beers of Christmas – Day 4: 2006 Brewer’s Reserve Winter Warmer from Bison Brewing

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Winter Warmer from Bison Brewing is something I picked up from BevMo. I picked up several holiday beers last season but never got around to drinking them or … Continue reading

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