Ninkasi sends its first shipment to Philly

Oregon’s third-largest craft brewery, Ninkasi of Oregon, just delivered its first shipment to Philadelphia via Penn Beer Distributors. While the brewery is known mainly for hop bombs like Total Domination and Tricerahops Double IPA, it’s also sending the region a well-regarded oatmeal stout and a helles. I’m hoping we’ll eventually see its excellent Pravda Bohemian Pils.

For now, it looks like the brewery is just dipping its toe into local waters, with only occasional shipments to the ...

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Christmas Beer of the Day: Jenlain Noel

Brasserie Duyck (Jenlain, France)
Biere de garde
ALCOHOL: 6.8%

SIXPACK SEZ: Until the 1900s, the region around this brewery called Nord-Pas De Calais drank beer, not wine. Some 2,000 breweries produced fresh, cloudy ales not unlike the saison and farmhouse ales made just to the north, in Belgium. Then the Kaiser’s armies rolled through and stripped away most of the equipment. Twenty years later, Hitler’s forces did the same thing. Today they drink Bordeaux in Lille and turn up their ...

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Christmas Beer of the Day: Delirium Noel

Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)
Belgian strong dark ale
ALCOHOL: 10%

SIXPACK SEZ: It was Jack London who first wrote of pink elephants after a particularly long night of drunken hallucinations. But it was the Belgians from Huyghe who managed to get them into a bottle them, along with this sweet, yeasty Christmas ale.


And don’t forget to order your copy of “Christmas Beer.”

Just $12.

“The perfect stocking stuffer for beer lovers.”
-Garrett Oliver, brewmaster, The ...

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Christmas Beer of the Day: Baladin Noel

Birrificio Le Baladin (Piozzo, Italy)
Belgian-style strong dark ale
ALCOHOL: 9%

SIXPACK SEZ: A great beer from Italy? That’s a little like a fine wine from Canada, isn’t it? This is the land of Chianti and Valpolicella, not stouts and porters. Even when it turns to grain, the country typically produces innocuous industrial lagers like Moretti and Peroni. In fact, Italy might be the next, great craft beer country, thanks largely to its burgeoning slow food movement. Travel through Europe, ...

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Christmas beer celebrates the birth of the sun

WITH NO FANFARE or explanation, Goose Island Brewing this year changed the name of its winter seasonal beer from Christmas Ale to Festivity Ale.

I suppose if I were Bill O’Reilly, I’d go into a spittle-spraying rage over yet another breach in the so-called “War on Christmas.” The pagan in me, however, will instead point out that removing Christ’s name from the beer is not altogether misguided. That’s because Christmas beer is actually older than Christmas itself.

Way older. ...

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Beer Radar – Dec. 17, 2014

Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery (Lafayette Hill, Montco) is pairing beer and cookies Wednesday evening (12/17). I’d tell you not to miss Gingerbread Jesus, but I’ve got a feeling the Coconut & Salted Caramel cookies paired with Dave Wood’s Justa Porter is gonna rock… On Friday (12/120) The Victoria Freehouse (Old City) is featuring flights of Christmas beer (Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf, Hardwood Gingerbread Stout and more) paired with decidedly less blasphemous gingerbread man cookies…

The 17th annual Reindeer Run romps ...

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Christmas Beer of the Day: Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux

Brasserie Dupont (Tourpes, Belgium)
Saison
ALCOHOL: 9.5%

SIXPACK SEZ: La Brasserie Dupont is like much of Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium: quiet, hard-working, idyllic in a nostalgic way. It is a still a farm, with a fromagerie and boulangerie on the premises. Not much has changed since it began brewing in 1844, making a traditional ale known as saison. That’s French for “season,” which refers to summer months when the ale would slowly ferment in cool cellars, to be ...

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Christmas Beer of the Day: Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale

Shipyard (Portland, Maine)
Porter
ALCOHOL: 5.8%

SIXPACK SEZ: On Christmas Day 1864, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow greeted the holiday with a full sense of despair and grief. His beloved wife had died in a fire. His nation was at war. His son was recovering from a battlefield wound. And America’s greatest poet sat down and wrote seven bittersweet stanzas that would become the lyrics to the season’s most tearful carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” The words are mainly ...

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Christmas Beer of the Day: La Binchoise Reserve Speciale

Brasserie La Binchoise (Binche, Belgium)
Belgian strong pale ale
ALCOHOL: 9%

SIXPACK SEZ: Imagine you painted a masterpiece of the Virgin Mary and her child, standing on a bed of clouds, being glorified by the saints. It is the essence of the Christmas story, a work of art that will endure for centuries, Sistine Madonna. Then, imagine some dopey greeting card designer – probably somebody working for Hallmark – clips out a pair of tiny dreamy-eyed angels from the bottom ...

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Christmas Beer of the Day: Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room

Evil Twin (Valby, Denmark)

Imperial stout
ALCOHOL: 10%

SIXPACK SEZ: This bottle sounds more like an O. Henry short story than the name of a beer. The twist? The strong stout glides across the palate with a bitter, roasted flavor that’s far easier to drain than its double-digit alcohol content would suggest.


And don’t forget to order your copy of “Christmas Beer.”

Just $12.

“The perfect stocking stuffer for beer lovers.”
-Garrett Oliver, brewmaster, The Brooklyn Brewery.

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